Core Module Information
Module title: Professional Midwifery Practice

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MID11109
Module leader: Connie McLuckie
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Midwifery


Description of module content:

In this module you will explore the professional knowledge and behaviours which underpin midwifery practice. You will examine core academic skills which will facilitate personal and professional development. You will be introduced to the frameworks that will guide your practice as a midwife, including the professional, legal and ethical codes of practice. You will learn the key principles of values based and women-centred care (Scottish Government 2012) all of which will be presented in the context of ‘The Code: Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses and midwives.’ (NMC, 2015).
The module content is divided into six key areas:
Prioritising people:
Principles of responsive, woman-centred communication will be introduced with concepts related to reflexive, inclusive, ethical and legal frameworks. The module will provide you with an opportunity to consider relevant health and social policies that inform midwifery practice, for example national policies such as ‘Getting it Right for Every Child’ and international policy such as the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative. Alongside this, you will explore issues relating to the health equality, public protection and the wellbeing of children and adults (including policies such as the dementia framework), mental health and the support of third sector agencies will be considered.
Practising effectively:
You will explore strategies to support learning for professional practice will be explored in the context of the topics covered within the module. Particular focus will be on the construction and quality of relevant knowledge and ways in which you can use evidence appropriately to inform midwifery practice. You will consider communication, therapeutic skills and record keeping relevant to this will be considered in the light of relevant theory and applied to midwifery care. Information retrieval and writing workshops will support your learning in respect of this.

Preserving safety:
You will examine the role of the midwife as part of a multidisciplinary team giving care to women and their families in relation to: sphere of practise; referral, candour; acting in emergency situations; managing risk and escalating concerns; midwifery and medicines administration; and harm reduction.

Promoting professionalism and trust:
Through the recognition and development of appropriate professional values and behaviours, you will apply your understanding of their significance in respect of relationships in midwifery care and practice. This will involve understanding professional roles and responsibilities in respect of not only your own practice, but that of others too.

Academic development – Writing workshop

Programme Strands
Throughout the programme you will find ‘strands’ or ‘themes’ that follow particular topics. In this module Baby Friendly Initiative standards will be considered in respect of health and wellbeing, infant feeding culture in the UK, communication of infant feeding and Public Health strategies related to infant feeding. You will explore research in the context of evidence-based practice and understanding and accessing sources of midwifery evidence and knowledge. Medicines management will address managing professional practice in respect of the law, consent confidentiality, ethics, accountability and documentation. You will consider communication strategies such as sharing information, being attentive, confidentiality, enabling choice, consent, treating women with dignity and respect, partnership working, non-discriminatory practice and compassionate care. You will consider emotional wellbeing related to your knowledge of mental health during the perinatal period, women’s rights and treatment options, preconception advice, risk associated with history, signs and symptoms of distress, psycho-social risk factors in pregnancy, risks of self-harm, referral pathways, support, risk management strategies, all of which will reflect working within relevant policies and guidelines.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Analyse the concepts that underpin and impact upon the health and wellbeing of women
and their families, including issues of equality, diversity and inclusion.
LO2: Conceptualise the importance of professional roles and the role of the NMC in protecting the public.
LO3: Critically evaluate strategies which support learning for professional practice and apply these in the context of ‘The Code’ (NMC, 2015).
LO4: Explore collaborative relationships within multi-disciplinary and multi-agency
working practice, including the third sector.
LO5: Critically examine the ways in which evidence can inform, impact on, and influence midwifery policy and practice.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Connie McLuckie
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
The theoretical content of the module will support your learning using a combination of lectures and Moodle materials (LO1-5). To facilitate the application of theory to evidence based practice, group tutorials and team based approaches, including academic writing workshops will be included. Feedback from your learning activities will allow you to self-assess and improve your future performance (LO5).

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
These skills will be enhanced by the content, teaching approaches and learning activities embedded in the module. These opportunities will promote the development of your practical, interpersonal, communication (written and oral), information retrieval, team working and time management skills.
LO 2,3,4 Practitioners working in the subject area will be asked to contribute to your learning experience offering the opportunity for networking and development of job search strategy.
LO 1,3,5 You are required to negotiate appropriate subject areas for study with module leader, involving identification of your areas of interest, appropriate methods of identifying resources and information and application of this to assessment. This also involves establishing relevance to practice and demonstrating practical application of this in a work environment.
LO 5 Skills in critical appraisal and reflection will be incorporated into the LTA approach
LO 1-6 You will develop independent and collaborative learning skills through chosen subject area.

Research / teaching linkages

Throughout this module you will be encouraged to access library resources, and seek an appropriate evidence base for midwifery practice. This is achieved by examining the nature of evidence, applying it to practice and the acquisition of new midwifery skills.

LOs 1-5 Requires knowledge and understanding of key policy frameworks and the impact that these have on service delivery. Evidence based practice is a key strand which is embedded throughout the module and will be discussed by relevant practitioners in respect of this.

Supporting equality and diversity

This module will conform to Edinburgh University guidelines in supporting students in an inclusive and non-discriminatory manner, taking into consideration diverse student groups. These principles underpin the module content and the philosophy of midwifery care.

LO 1-5 The module content could be seen as having a significant focus on equality and diversity as these are often fundamental components of the issues being addressed in relation to mental health and wellbeing, this module philosophy will attract a wide and diverse student group.
LO 1-5 All materials are available on Moodle to cater for the diverse student group. Cognisance has been given to appropriate pedagogy with regard to inclusive online and face to face LTA.
Timetabled academic supervision is available each taught week of the module to support you.

This module will enable you to extend your focus to one which takes into account the relationship between local and national health care needs and responses within a wider global context.

LO 1-5 You are encouraged to think about transculturalism and its impact on care delivery. Examples of relevant international research based care and management, and relevant non-UK standards will be included throughout the module.
For the purposes of Edinburgh Napier University Academic Regulations this module is a SCNMSC theory module graded using SCQF Level 11 Criteria.

Formative Assessment:
3 x online activities – each of approximately 500 words.
1. Written work related to MM level literature searching, use of citations and references.
2. Critique of the Code (NMC, 2018) and ethical implications in relation to midwifery practice.
3. Literature review of continuity of carer and midwifery particularly in relation to the Best Start (Scottish Government, 2017) – annotated bibliography.
Posted online and then discussed as tutorial activity in class.
Each activity must be completed and uploaded to moodle before summative can be submitted.

Summative Assessment:
Using the content and feedback from the formative assessment, present an essay of 2000 words which provides a critique of Continuity of Midwifery Carer and the Code in relation to supporting best practice in midwifery.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 26
Face To Face Tutorial 14
Online Guided independent study 60
Independent Learning Guided independent study 100
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 100 1,2,3,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
MID07114 / MID11109 Professional Midwifery Practice.