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Advancing Midwifery Practice: facilitating group antenatal care CPPD

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Course overview

The module offers teaching in the latest theoretical and clinical developments in ante natal care provision.  It aims to develop your skills as qualified midwife in working with groups in order to enhance the quality of practice and to develop their own leadership capacities. Working with groups requires specific skills including managing relationships in a group setting, facilitation, teamwork and teambuilding and building social networks. These skills are important for midwives in a range of situations including working with women – such as developing more group-based models of antenatal and postnatal care; providing antenatal education - and also in working with the professional team, including the development of teamwork and leadership skills.

Good teamwork and leadership are vital for quality of care at all levels, from clinical care and communication to developing guidelines, developing innovative models of care and implementing evidence-based practice. They are also vital for enhancing employee morale, retention and development of quality staff. This module should equip you to work at an advanced level of practice in all these areas. It can be taken as a stand-alone module for continuing professional development but can also be taken as part of the Advanced Practice in Midwifery Master’s degree pathway. The module will combine practical and work-based learning with guided and independent study. Study approaches will include role-play and simulation, discussion of scenarios, reading and problem solving exercises. The learning approach will make extensive use of the group work skills that the module aims to foster.

The module will enable you to develop your capacities and skills in

  • group work and facilitation
  • effective team building and teamwork
  • practice leadership and development
  • organising group antenatal and postnatal care
  • managing group dynamics
  • integrating clinical, social support and education
  • enhancing and building social networks for women
  • supporting vulnerable women

Prices for this module are displayed below. The course is available at a reduced price if taken as part of the Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care (Midwifery) MSc.

For more information aboiut this module, please contact Octavia Wiseman or Mandie Scamell.

Module dates

Term 3

JUN: Monday 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26 June 2020

Module Submission Date: 20 July 2020



Prerequisite knowledge

Non EEA students can only apply as part of a programme, not as a stand-alone module.

Applicants would normally be expected to have been practicing as a registered midwife for at least one year.

Pre- requisites

This module is primarily designed for registered midwives. However, the module may be of value for antenatal educators and counsellors (e.g. NCT teachers) and other professionals interested in developing their groupwork skills.

English requirements

For those students whose first language is not English one of the following qualifications is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0

Module leaders

  • Octavia Wiseman

    Octavia is a Research Fellow on the NIHR-funded REACH Pregnancy Programme evaluating group antenatal care ('Pregnancy Circles') with Professor Christine McCourt. She joined City in 2015 and also works part-time as a case-loading midwife at King's College Hospital. Her Masters dissertation was a mixed-methods project looking at women's experiences of morbidity ...

  • Dr Mandie Scamell

    Dr Mandie Scamell is a medical anthropologist and midwife specialising in risk and the maternity services in the UK. Mandie joined city in 2013 having previously been part of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at Kings College London.

    Mandie initially trained and worked as a midwife, largely ...