This is a dynamic course, providing you with the skills and knowledge to work as a professional midwife in a variety of health care settings.
- This is an 18 month, pre-registration midwifery course for nurses who are registered at level 1 (adult)
- You will be employed by one of the NHS Trusts served by the Directorate and will receive a salary (currently Grade 5 on the NHS scale)
- The course starts in November each year and applications are made direct to the University
The Role of the Midwife
Bringing a new life into the world is one of the most rewarding, emotional experiences a person can have. Of course, being a midwife is more than just delivering babies. Among other things you will need to:
- Support the mother and her family throughout the whole childbearing process
- Carry out clinical examinations
- Provide health and parenting education
- Work in partnership with other health and social care services
- Be aware of the social and cultural context in which childbirth occurs
Training to be a Midwife at Salford University
This degree gives you a comprehensive grounding in the theory and practice elements required for you to be registered as a midwife with the NMC. You will spend half your time in the clinical area working as a student midwife in one of the following hospitals:
- Royal Bolton Hospital
- Royal Oldham Hospital
- Rochdale Infirmary
- Hope Hospital, Salford
- Fairfield General Hospital, Bury
- Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan
- St Mary's Hospital, Manchester
- Wythenshawe Hospital
You will work with a fully qualified midwife assessor who will ensure that you gain the clinical experience required.
From novice to competent practitioner
You will use your time in the clinical area to become a competent practioner, that is someone who has the skill and ability to practice safely and effectively without the need for direct supervision. This will involve gaining the minimum clinical experience to meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and includes:
- Advising of pregnant women, involving at least 100 pre-natal examinations
- Supervision and care of at least 40 women in labour
- At least 40 deliveries personally carried out
- Supervision and care of 40 women at risk in pregnancy or labour or post-natal period
- Care of women with pathological conditions in the field of gynaecology and obstetrics
To help you do this, you will be expected to keep a portfolio of evidence which will include documentation signed by your midwife as well as reflections on your time as a student.
We are passionate and committed educators who believe in strong student support. We have great facilities and provide a challenging environment that is guaranteed to build your confidence and sharpen your skills.
The academic part of the course is delivered using a variety of methods such as lectures, tutorials and skills sessions. Assessment not only emphasises the recall of knowledge but higher level abilities such as critical analysis, evaluation, synthesis and problem-solving. Methods of academic assessment include exams and essays as well as a viva in the final year.
Throughout the course, you will become familiar with problem-based learning (PBL):
- This challenges students to “learn to learn”, working co-operatively in groups to seek solutions to real world problems
- It engages students and initiates learning of midwifery problems
- It prepares students to think critically and analytically and to find and use appropriate learning resources
Learning for the real world
- Identify the impact of low and high risk pregnancies on individual women and there families
- Recognise common factors which contribute to and adversely affect the physical, emotional and social well-being of mother and baby
- Analyse the social and cultural factors in relation to health care, the midwife's role in public health and preparation for parenthood
- Discuss the promotion, assessment and evaluation of maternal and fetal well-being during labour
- Evaluate evidence based care in childbirth
- Discuss the management of risk in childbirth
- Critique the theory and practice of midwifery and neonatal care during normal childbearing and when complications arise
- Examine the current drivers (governmental and professional) impacting on midwifery care provision
What do I need to do now?
- Research midwifery and be sure it is the profession you want to join
- Talk to midwives, they are the best source of information about the profession and working within the NHS
- Take time over your application, particularly the supporting statement
You must have been living in the UK for the last 3 years. If you are living here mainly to receive full-time education and you would normally have lived elsewhere, you will not usually be treated as having been resident in the UK.
Please note: Unfortunately, international students requiring a work permit to work in the United Kingdom are not eligible to enter this programme.