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Midwifery and Reproductive Health
Riverside Campus, Chester
The Department of Midwifery and Reproductive Health delivers a pre-registration midwifery programme which leads to registration as a midwife on the NMC professional register and the academic award of a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Midwifery.
A Return to Practice programme for midwives is offered and also a range of modules relating to Reproductive and Sexual Health. In 2013, NSS student satisfaction with the pre-registration programme was 100%.
The pre-registration programme and Return to Practice programmes were revalidated in May 2012, and received a number of commendations from the validation team in respect of student support and feedback and the strong relationship with colleagues in practice.
The new curriculum was implemented in September 2012: it is both dynamic and innovative and designed to prepare students for the realities of professional practice. A variety of learning and teaching strategies are used to deliver this, including action learning sets, scenarios and enquiry-based learning.
Theory sessions are held at Riverside Campus, which is approximately 1.5 miles from main Chester Campus. Riverside Campus has four dedicated skills laboratories where students are able to practise their clinical skills prior to starting their placements.
There is a purpose built library with computer access for students in addition to IT suites for student use.
Practice is undertaken at one of five sites – Wirral (Arrowe Park Hospital), Chester, Leighton, Macclesfield and Warrington. Students in Year 1 have placements on community, maternity wards, and delivery suite; in Year 2 experience is gained in neonatal units, gynaecology, out-patients and Accident and Emergency department, in addition to maternity placements. In Year 3, consolidation of learning is promoted with placements in maternity wards, delivery suite and community. Short placements with the Health Visitor and with Specialist midwives are also available.
The staff in the Department also contribute to post-registration and postgraduate modules within the Faculty.
Qualified midwives can study modules with a midwifery or reproductive health focus, which can be taken as ‘standalone' modules for professional development or which can contribute to the award of BSc (Hons) Professional Practice. Examples include the contraception course and a sexual health module both of which are well attended and evaluated. Work is underway to develop modules at master's level in midwifery and reproductive health.