The aim of this course is to enable qualified midwives to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) regulatory requirements for renewal of registration and re-entry to the Register following a break in practice. Students are encouraged to develop skills in lifelong learning as required by the Post Registration Education and Practice standards.
This course enables previously registered practitioners who have been out of practice to fulfill current NMC requirements and return to the midwifery part of the register. This is in preparation to enter clinical practice as a safe, accountable and competent practitioner who is able to provide a high standard of care.
The Return to Midwifery Practice course is available to undertake at level 5 and 20 academic credits are attached.
You must secure your own practice placement prior to commencing the course. All placement areas must have had an educational audit undertaken and have a ‘sign off’ mentor to support you. The university will require this evidence prior to commencing the placement. For further advice contact Emma Whapples, Course Leader.
Your clinical placement is where you will complete the clinical part of the course. The NMC require that returners spend a minimum of 150 hours in supervised clinical practice before returning to the Register. You will spread these hours over 2 semesters, and it may be necessary to complete more than 150 hours if you have been out of practice for a long time. This will be determined by the Lead Midwife for Education.
If you are currently working, please consider very carefully how you would incorporate your clinical hours into your current job. It is not permissible to try to complete the clinical hours working at weekends only. You need to spread your hours over weekdays and weekends in order to gain useful and varied experience. You may work the occasional night if you wish, but the majority of your clinical time will be on day duty covering mornings, afternoons and evenings with your sign off mentor.
The vast majority of students who complete a Return to Practice course successfully find employment as a Registered Midwife having regained confidence, ensuring their practice is up to date and their knowledge is evidence based.
Following the Return to Practice course some students choose to continue with part-time studies at university in order to further enhance their careers.
By the end of the course, including your directed and self-directed study, you should be able to:
Critically reflect on your role as a midwife and demonstrate safe, competent and professional practice in the health and social care setting.
Utilise the databases and search strategies to identify and appraise evidence for best practice; demonstrate application of findings to practice.
Critically analyse the impact of a range of national policies and strategies on local provision of midwifery care.
Critically reflect on your individual learning needs for continuing professional development and accountability in order to maintain registered midwife status and enhance your future practice.
This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council at level 5 and has 20 credits attached.
Please note that the closing date for application forms to the Admissions Department is the end of November.
Interviews will take place in December.
Fees to be agreed