BMidwif Midwifery

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Contemporary midwife practitioner - incorporating NHS Newborn and Infant Physical Examination theory

Unit code NURS31340
Credit rating 30
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Nursing & Midwifery
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit will enable students to develop appropriate knowledge and skill development that will enable them to become a navigator or care in the maternity services (Midwifery Programme Team 2020, 2010).
The students will have the opportunity to critically examine contemporary issues in midwifery practice and develop skills in improving future care. Students will also have the opportunity to explore their role as future facilitators of student midwives in developing their competence (practice supervisor) (NMC, 2018). The unit will enable students to develop professional awareness in relation to their role as members of a multidisciplinary team. The Core Skills Framework requirements will continue in this unit. The final assessment of competence in drug calculations will take place in this unit.
Students will gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the theoretical knowledge underpinning the NHS Newborn and Infant Physical Examination assessment.
This unit will also foster the development of lifelong learning.
Students will have opportunity to explore an optional area of midwifery practice related to their future career development, including;
  • International midwifery practice and maternal global health
  • Being an entrepreneur in midwifery
  • Being a research midwife
  • Professional consolidation for midwifery practice
These options will be facilitated during the last 5 weeks of the programme. Students who have not met all professional and statutory requirements will complete the Professional consolidation of midwifery practice option.


  • Enable students to develop the appropriate knowledge and critical skills that underpin the role of the midwife as a coordinator and navigator of care and foster lifelong learning.
  • Enable students to develop the necessary theoretical knowledge and understanding that underpins examination of the newborn

Teaching and learning methods

The unit will be taught over one year through a combination of face-to-face, on-line learning tutorials and independent learning under the supervision of the unit leaders. The unit will be delivered using resource based and self-directed learning. Students will engage with on-line materials, on-line discussion and reflective practice. Students will demonstrate the ability to implement and disseminate evidence-based findings into practice.
Group seminars will be utilised as a means of reviewing students’ ability to cogently articulate evidence-based arguments and disseminate information logically, working collegially and effectively as part of the group.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate coherent and detailed knowledge and understanding of current challenges to contemporary midwifery practice.
  • Critically review the philosophies that underpin contemporary midwifery practice.
  • Demonstrate coherent and detailed knowledge of key concepts in physical examination of the newborn.
  • Explore opportunities for a future career, including research, international midwifery practice and entrepreunership.
Learning outcomes related to optional workshops and elective clinical experience (students will achieve one of these):
Research option
  • Develop a systematic understanding of the research process, including opportunities for pursuing a career in this field
International midwifery option
  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of international aspects of midwifery practice and maternal global health, including reflection on midwifery practice in an overseas capacity
Entrepreneurship in midwifery
  • Exploration of the processes of acquiring funding, advertising and marketing of social enterprises related to midwifery practice
Consolidating midwifery practice
  • Demonstrate internalisation and dissemination in antenatal, intranatal, postnatal and neonatal care.

Intellectual skills

  • Identify priorities when managing midwifery care.
  • Critically review the potential challenges that may occur when developing new practices and policies, from appropriate perspectives, such as ethical, cultural, political and professional.
  • Demonstrate appropriate teaching skills in preparation for the support and supervision of students.

Practical skills

  • Develop a professional development portfolio appropriate for lifelong learning.
  • Critically review clinical scenarios and develop appropriate strategies for improvement.
  • Develop inter-professional team working in clinical practice
  • Engage in effective leadership skills in contemporary midwifery practice, including the ability to devise and sustain arguments to solve problems.
  • Model internalisation and dissemination in antenatal, intranatal, postnatal and neonatal care.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Demonstrate professional accountability and reflect on their own performance, utilizing a range of strategies to overcome any particular difficulties.
  • Develop and enhance skills in accurate and effective communication to a range of audiences in a variety of settings.
  • Demonstrate skills working collegiately and effectively with others, as a member of a team.
  • Effectively utilise a range of information sources, including information technology/health informatics.
  • Utilise systematic and creative approaches to problem-solving and decision-making in relation to complex issues.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 30%
Written assignment (inc essay) 30%
Practical skills assessment 40%

Written Assignment (NIPE)

Feedback methods

Students will normally have the opportunity to receive feedback on formative work submitted prior to the summative assessment. Other feedback opportunities will also be available in class and online discussion boards. Online feedback is provided in Grademark. Provisional feedback based on internal marking will be made available prior to the Exam Board on the basis that these marks are yet to be ratified at the Exam Board and therefore may be subject to change. A standard feedback mechanism in Grademark is utilised across all undergraduate programmes within the School which provides detailed and constructive feedback on each component and aspect of assessment and identifies areas of strength and those aspects which could be enhanced.

Student feedback is obtained through open discussion forums on blackboard, in class discussions, via formal University unit evaluation forms and also qualitative, in house evaluations at the end of the unit. 

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Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 39
Practical classes & workshops 20
Seminars 5
Tutorials 11
Placement hours
Placement 262.5
Independent study hours
Independent study 97.5

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Elizabeth Nocton Unit coordinator

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