Critical Care in the Maternity Index

The focus of this module is to provide practitioners within the maternity setting with evidence-based knowledge to competently assess, plan, implement and evaluate safe, effective care. The module uses a variety of strategies to facilitate a varied learning approach to meet the learning outcomes. The module focuses on the biophysical needs of women and recognition of women with critical illness, complex conditions and maternity complications. National and regional drivers and the political context are examined to explore the relevant contemporary issues in maternal critical care.
Module Code MW7026
Level 7
Credits 20
Cost Contact Admissions


The aims of the module are to: 
  • Facilitate the application of an evidence-based approach in the development of critical care theory and the application of theory to practice with confidence and competence.
  • Develop your reflexive, problem-solving and decision-making skills in an ethical and legal framework to deliver effective evidence-based theory that contributes to the provision of safe efficient women-centred care.
By the end of the module, you will be able to:
  • Critically appraise and apply biophysical theory and contemporary evidence-based approaches.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate critical care networks and levels of critical care.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate contemporary issues in critical care, including risk management, clinical governance and professional guidance.
  • Critically analyse legal and ethical issues regarding midwifery care for seriously ill women.
  • Critically analyse and reflect on strategies for effective interprofessional communication and team working.
KSF – Core Dimensions 
This module contributes to the following core dimensions: 
1 Communication
2 Personal and People Development
3 Health, Safety and Security
4 Service Improvement
5 Quality
6 Equality and Diversity
For further information on the module, 
please contact:
For application information, 
please contact:
Karen Lunt
Module Leader
Faculty of Health and Social Care
University of Chester
Riverside Campus
Castle Drive
Chester CH1 1SL
T: 01244 512272
Health and Social Care Admissions
University of Chester
Parkgate Road
Chester CH1 4BJ
T: 01244 511000