Module code: NUR1033

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

SUTHERLAND Jaime (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 100

Seminar Hours: 23

Laboratory Hours: 25

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

 Entry criteria to the programme

Module content

 The module will provide an introduction to clinical practice within a simulated area. In addition to exploring a set of skills in relation to basic life support, moving and handling, infection control, vital signs, first aid, communication and patient assessment the students will experience opportunities to work within an inter-professional environment identifying and developing a range of strategies required to practice as a health care practitioner within a range of clinical and care environment. The value of the ‘self’ within the caring context and the development of team working will also be a focus for this module.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Practical based assessment OSCE 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate key skills that will be needed throughout the midwifery programme and their future midwifery careers; students will be able to transfer these skills directly to the clinical setting. By exploring the underpinning theories behind the skills, students will be able to adapt these skills to any setting (for example, a service users' home).


Thus the summative assessment for this module consists of an OSCE.




Assessment Brief


Midwifery: Registered Midwifery BSC


Practice Module 1: Skills for Midwifery Practice (NUR1033)

Assessment Component

Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)




W/C 7/1/2019

Module Leader

Jaime Sutherland

Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday




You will have an OSCE lasting 20 minutes, which will consist of 3 stations, namely:

  1. Handwashing.

  2. Preparing a sterile field (you will not be required to change a dressing).

  3. Several brief questions regarding the underpinning theories for the skills.










You will have the mark sheet available in advance of the OSCE, so you will know what the examiners are assessing you against. The handwashing and sterile field stations will assess your skills, and are pass/fail; the brief questions station will assess your understanding of the underpinning theory, and will influence your overall mark.

At the skills stations you will be expected to demonstrate that you can carry out the skills in line with guidelines provided during Practice Module 1.

Self- assessment checklist

Make sure that you…

  1. Have practiced your skills! The students who do best have practiced many times, as this is a cognitive skill that needs to be embedded.

  2. Have a good understating of the underpinning theory.

Three key pieces of advice based on the feedback given to the previous cohort who completed this assignment

  1. Be aware of yourself in relation to your surroundings – most students are referred because they contaminate their sterile filed without noticing that they have.

  2. The key thing is to tell the examiners if you realise if you have made a mistake – it’s making a mistake, but then not stating that you have, that will lead to a referral.

  3. Make sure you look at all the rationale on, so that you can use this information when asked the brief questions

Formatting Guidelines


Referencing Style


Assessment Criteria/ Mark scheme:

Available on SurreyLearn

The following table shows which of the module and programme learning outcomes are being assessed in this assignment. Use this table to help you see where and how to transfer feedback from one assignment to another. Note that your feedback may mention some of these outcomes, but that you will not receive a ‘mark’ against each one.

Module Learning Outcomes assessed


Demonstrate ability in a range of clinical skills in a simulated environment utilising a range of health care equipment.


Develop an understanding of the rational and evidence base underpinning clinical decision-making and clinical practice.


Programme Learning Outcomes assessed

Support the creation and maintenance of environments which promote the health, safety and wellbeing of women, babies and all people in the workplace; identifying and responding to unsafe practice including effective working across professional boundaries and developing professional networks .

Demonstrate effective communication and presentation skills when giving information, advice, instruction and professional opinion to colleagues, clients and their relatives, both individually and in groups and in writing.



This assignment is designed to ensure you have key skills which will be needed throughout your midwifery programme; you will be able to transfer these skills directly to the clinical setting. By exploring the underpinning theories behind these skills, you will be able to adapt these skills to any setting, for example, a service users home



From the Practice Module 1 reading list:

  • Routine hand hygiene

  • Standard precautions (particularly putting on gloves)

  • Aseptic technique: key principles


Module aims

  •  The aim of this module is to enable students to develop a range of clinical practice skills using simulation within the context of professional practice.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate ability in a range of clinical skills in a simulated environment utilising a range of health care equipment.* P
002 Display team working and problem solving skills incorporating safe and effective professional communication; acknowledging the challenges and importance of inter professional and interagency working. PT
003 Develop an understanding of the rationale and evidence base underpinning clinical decision-making and clinical practice.* KCPT
004 Identify the principles of risk assessment and the role it plays in effective and safe decision making, and maintaining client safety. CPT
005 Explore how professional values, dignity and respect influence client interaction in accordance with their code of conduct. CPT
006 Recognise the clinical importance of holistic assessment in relation to one's own practice KCP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

 The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Deliver a link between theory and practice, providing a scaffold of fundamental skills and professional practice that are developed using simulation throughout  semester 1. The underpinning theory draws on Dewey, Bruner, Watson and Schon, integrating client-centered experiential learning, reinforced by repetition, theory and reflection. The simulated practice includes (but is not defined by) clinical skills, and incorporates the learning of skills into holistic scenarios of varying complexity.


The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Simulation

  • Lectures

  • Vignettes of patient scenarios

  • Online- self-test/additional learning materials/discussion board/student forums

  • Classroom discussions

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
Upon accessing the reading list, please search for the module using the module code: NUR1033

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Midwifery (Registered Midwife) BSc (Hons)(NURSES PRE-REG SEPT) 1 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.