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Philosophy, Knowledge, Skills and Evidence for Optimum Birth CPPD

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

Course overview

The Philosophy, Knowledge, Skills and Evidence for Optimal Birth module is designed to strengthen compliance with the NICE 2014 intrapartum clinical guidelines. Facilitated by world-leading clinical researchers and practitioners (funded by the NIHR and other funding bodies) the module gives students the opportunity to learn new evidence and innovative techniques for promoting optimal birth.

The module is delivered via a range of techniques including practical workshops, discussion groups (face-to-face and online), lectures, simulation and role-play. Students have access to a range of learning spaces including City’s state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Centre, our specialsit Technology Enabled Care Studio City TECS, computer labs and classrooms.

Key learnings

The module will enable students to achieve a range of evidence based, practical skills including:

  • The Integration of techniques and skills (including non-pharmacological techniques) to support women towards achieving optimal birth.
  • Proficient fetal assessment of wellbeing using intermittent auscultation
  • Management of obstetric emergencies in low risk birthing environments
  • The synthesis of clinical safety with sensitivity to service users’ experience and choice
  • How to design and create a model of practice that will enhance optimum birth in midwifery at service level, in line with recent government policies
  • An understanding of the evidence that underpin best practice and the national quality agenda.

On successful completion of this module students achieve 15 level 7 (post graduate) credits. This module is a core module on the Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care (Midwifery) MSc programme.

Module dates

Term 3: Dates TBC



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.

English requirements

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

  • IELTS: 7.0