Module code: NUR2125

Module Overview

You will be in a learning environment facilitated by a variety of health professionals, and guided and assessed by a named mentor.  Learning will be a progressive learning journey in order to meet the standards at the end of the programme within the scope of practice relevant to your professional group, with the ability to recognize your own limitations and plan how to address these.  Supernumerary means you are not counted in the staff numbers but will be working alongside the clinical team.  You will develop essential skills, through practice experience, to demonstrate your ability to practice safely and independently within a multi-disciplinary environment.  This will be progressively developed throughout the programme.  A named mentor is allocated to guide and facilitate your learning experience and undertake assessment to ensure your learning outcomes are achieved.  This experience is managed through a team approach and the named mentor, with or without a co-mentor, will be allocated to oversee (directly or indirectly) a minimum of 40% of your clinical time.  It is important to note that this can be calculated differently within various placements (e.g. could be 40% per week or 40% of the entire placement) and will be negotiated/discussed with the mentor in line with the needs of service). The mentor will take feedback from the team to collate a final assessment.  This can be both formative and summative.  A sign off mentor will ensure final learning outcomes are evidenced and assessed at appropriate levels and times.  There is a requirement that in order to achieve the above you will need to access a variety of placements across the geographic area.  This will also involve working shift patterns (24/7) which meet the needs of that service provision.

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

BOLGER Sarah (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 60

ECTS Credits: 30

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: B720

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

Module Availability

Crosses academic years

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Completion of previous practice module  

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Reflection

  • Case-studies

  • Problem-based learning

  • Simulation

  • CTG

  • Parent education

  • Pain

  • Breastfeeding

  • Special Care Baby Unit/ Neonatal Unit

  • Moving and handling

  • Parent education

  • Adult, maternal and neonatal basic life support

  • Management of medicines and the role of the midwife

  • Controlled drugs safety and legislation

  • Long-term cardiovascular conditions and their effect on the childbearing continuum

  • Long-term respiratory conditions and their effect on the childbearing continuum

  • Long-term endocrine conditions and their effect on the childbearing continuum

  • Long-term neurological conditions and their effect on the childbearing continuum

  • Long-term gastrointestinal, renal and hepatic conditions and their effect on the childbearing continuum

  • Long-term muscular-skeletal conditions and their effect on the childbearing continuum

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

None as all are core to meet NMC Standards

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate successful completion of the module learning outcomes and the essential skills clusters at the end of the second year

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Portfolio

  • Parent education assessment in practice

  • Drug assessment in practice

  • Written reflection submitted via Surrey learn

  • Written case study analysis submitted via Surrey learn


Formative assessment

Mentor formative feedback within the practice setting



Through portfolio progress meetings with mentors and at final summative practice assessment meeting.

Module aims

  • The purpose of this module is to help prepare midwifery students for the reality of working as safe, competent and confident qualified midwives (in line with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (2009) standards), who will be life-long learners working in a complicated world, where the health needs of the pregnant population continue to become increasing complex, often requiring a multidisciplinary approach in order to achieve successful outcomes.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Completing the essential skills clusters at the end of the second year, and identifying the interaction between effective enquiry, interpersonal communication skills and team working, and successful outcomes for pregnant women and their babies KCPT
002 Identifying and explaining the physical and psychological effects of long term medical conditions on pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period, and how these affect wellbeing in the mother, baby, and family KC
003 Applying practical thinking skills to solve authentic problems and make decisions when assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating individualised midwifery care plans for women during normal childbearing and in more complicated pregnancies, such as those affected by underlying long-term medical conditions. This includes connecting pre-existing knowledge of the pregnant and non-pregnant human body (anatomy and physiology) to the altered physiological states experienced by women with long-term medical conditions KC
004 Acting as self-directed learners who identify, critically analyse and evaluate bodies of literature relating to the effect of long-term medical conditions on the woman, fetus, baby and developing child, and the role of the health care professional in reducing adverse effects CT
005 Recognising the value of, and recommending the use of a Modified Early Obstetric Warning System (MEOWS) chart in the management of all ‘high-risk’ pregnant and postnatal women KC
006 Written case study KCT
007 Reflective pain essay KCT
008 Portfolio KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Personal Tutorial Hours: 1

Workshop Hours: 6

Seminar Hours: 20

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Provide significant learning experiences, where students are actively facilitated to successfully complete essential skills required for midwifery practice.



The learning and teaching methods include:


  • Online learning activities (within the University’s virtual learning environment ), which include podcasts, and blogs – 1.5 hours per week x 2 weeks

  • Authentic action learning, problem-based learning (PBL) activities, and group work/ inquiry - 10 hours per week x 2 weeks

  • High and low fidelity simulation – 9 hours per week x 2 weeks

  • Taught classroom-based theory (promotive interaction), seminars, discussions, interactive electronic quizzes, and patient stories / service user involvement – 12 hours per week x 2 weeks

  • Self-directed learning / reading/ independent enquiry – 12.5 hours per week x 2 weeks

  • Reflection and debriefing – 2.5 hours per week x 2 weeks

  • Mentor supported learning and feedback in the clinical practice settings -37.5 hours x 26 weeks

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


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Midwifery (Registered Midwife) BSc (Hons)(NURSES PRE-REG SEP) Cross Year 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.