BMidwif Midwifery / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Midwifery Practice 3 (BMidwif)

Course unit fact file
Unit code NURS34120
Credit rating 40
Unit level Level 6
Teaching period(s) Full year
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit will enable you to consolidate the knowledge and skills required for professional practice and your future role as a skilled midwifery practitioner. Within the clinical environment you will have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate proficiency in midwifery practice. You will perform the Newborn and Infant Physical Examination assessment under the direct supervision of a qualified practitioner. You will continue to develop your knowledge and skills in evidence-based medicines administration and optimisation. Throughout this unit you will predominantly learn in the clinical environment and via online learning.


This unit aims: 

  • enable learners to apply their acquired theory of professional midwifery practice in clinical situations in partnership with qualified health professionals, with supervision and direction appropriate to knowledge and skills. 
  • support learners in securing the skills for safe administration of medicines and consolidating skills for Newborn and Infant Physical Examination. 

Teaching and learning methods

The intended learning outcomes (ILOs) and aims are all constructively aligned to ensure the teaching and assessment methods support the learners' achievement of these to the highest standard. The assessment ensures that all aims and ILOs can be demonstrated as met during the assessment task and in order to facilitate learners' understanding of the ILOs the following teaching methods will be used: 

  • Practice based learning 
  • Lectures synchronous (live) 
  • Lectures asynchronous (online) 
  • Online resources 
  • Directed study 
  • Guided reading 
  • Independent study

Use of external e-Learning resources 

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate secure, comprehensive knowledge of the midwife’s professional accountability and responsibility associated with the safe administration of medicines.
  • Understand calculations relevant to prescribing and practical dosing and the processes required to generate an accurate prescription.
  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of key health and safety and information governance issues related to clinical practice.

Intellectual skills

  • Able to identify priorities when conducting newborn assessments.
  • Proficiently collaborate in multidisciplinary decision-making, planning and implementation of newborn care.
  • Demonstrate proficient collaboration and team working with interdisciplinary and multiagency teams or groups to address complex needs, promote quality improvement and teach others.

Practical skills

  • Demonstrate professional behaviour by enacting NHS England's 6 Cs. 
  • Proficiently promote and provide continuity of carer. 
  • Proficiently conduct the full systematic physical examination of the newborn infant under the guidance of a qualified practitioner. 
  • Demonstrate proficiency in planning, implementing and evaluating plans of care in partnership with individuals and families to anticipate, prevent, recognise and respond to complications including implementing first-line intervention and emergency management. 
  • Demonstrate effective and accurate record keeping, appropriately shares findings and escalates concerns, including in emergencies. 

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Demonstrate the ability to initiate and maintain kind, trusting, respectful relationships, work in partnership with and advocate for all individuals across the childbearing continuum. 
  • Ability to communicate and share information and conduct person-centred conversations that promote health, including sensitive topics and during emergencies. 

Assessment methods

Newborn and Infant Physical Examination - assessment in clinical practice
SafeMedicate assessment, including numeracy assessment to be passed at 100%

Feedback methods


Skills workshop opportunities to consolidate learning.

Recommended reading

  • Barber, P. & Robertson, D. (2020). Essentials of Pharmacology for Nurses.  4th edn. Berkshire UK: Open University Press..
  • Bass, J., Fenwick, J. and Sidebotham, M. (2017). ‘Development of a Model of Holistic Reflection to facilitate transformative learning in student midwives’. Women and birth¿: Journal of the Australian College of Midwives, 30(3), pp.227–235.
  • Daemers, DOA, van Limbeek, EBM, Wijnen, HAA, Nieuwenhuijze MJ, de Vries RG. (2017). Factors influencing the clinical decision-making of midwives: a qualitative study. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 17, pp 345.
  • Davey L and Houghton D. (2020). The Midwife’s Pocket Formulary. 4th Edition. Edinburgh, Elsevier.
  • Homer, C., Leap, N., Brodie, P. and Sandall, J. (2019). Midwifery continuity of care. 2nd edition. Edinburgh: Elsevier.
  • Johns, C. (2017). Becoming a reflective practitioner. 5th edition. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Jones, T. (2020). A Student Guide to the Newborn Infant Physical Examination. London: Routledge.
  • Kitson-Reynolds, E. and Ashforth, K. (2021). A concise guide to continuity of care in midwifery. London: Routledge.
  • Lomax, A. (2021). Examination of the Newborn An Evidence –Based Guide. 3rd Edition. London: Wiley-Blackwell.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 2
Work based learning 596
Independent study hours
Independent study 28

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Elizabeth Nocton Unit coordinator

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