This programme aims to enable you to become a confident, capable registered practitioner who is fit for award, fit for first practice and fit for purpose.
It is also designed to reflect current developments in midwifery, health and social care, in a manner that will equip you with the knowledge, attitudes, graduate and profession-specific attributes to meet the changing needs, which relate to childbearing and sexual health of the people you serve, local employers, the national and international agenda.
Students are expected to undertake self-directed learning whilst undertaking academic study in the university. This will include wide reading and the completion of activities such as workbooks in order to help you to develop in depth knowledge and understanding of midwifery. Whilst in the practice setting you will have independent learning time to reflect on the experiences you have had. This time will help you to embed the knowledge and skills you are developing and enable you to become a safe and competent midwifery practitioner.
This is a 3-year full-time programme and is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. It has an approximate 50% split between academic study and clinical experience.
You will experience clinical placements within the maternity services, and will orientate to the culture of the NHS and the roles and responsibilities of professional and support staff in different team settings. You will be introduced to the concept of the nature of normality in childbirth and the importance of a woman centred service. You will engage in a range of professional activities associated with the role of the midwife and the organisation of services designed to support childbearing: – experiencing clinical practice working 30 hours a week, or equivalent, during any day of a seven-day week and at any point in the 24 hours, plus 7.5 hours of reflection on clinical practice hours. As a student, you will experience clinical placements in the maternity services building on midwifery practice and will be supported in placement by experienced midwives. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to experience associated placement areas, for example, gynaecology, medical and surgical wards. You will observe practice within acute care settings, which include critical care areas, for example, neonatal intensive care and special care baby units.
You will be supported to develop your academic study skills and will start to explore your professional identity within the interprofessional team, ensuring women remain at the centre of care provision. Students are allocated personal academic tutors at the commencement of the programme. It is anticipated that the student will develop a close working relationship with the tutor who will support and guide them through their midwifery education.
Students will be supported by experienced staff who have a wide range of knowledge about contemporary midwifery issues.
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During placement you may be required to attend time on shift in practice, as is often the case once in employment. This ensures that you experience the full range of activity in your individual placement. Shift work could include weekends, bank holidays and night duty.
Owing to the varied nature of placements, there may be a need for you to travel to and from placements within Kent and/or Medway and, in some cases, outside of the county.
Students in placement must conform to NHS rules of appearance and conduct as set out by the placement provider/organisation.