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Midwifery (Shortened Course) BSc (Hons)

Overview

Fit for practice

The aim of this course is to produce practitioners who are fit for practice, fit for purpose and fit for award. This course is designed for those looking to make a contribution to both the public and women's health agendas.

We're approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and affiliated with world-renowned teaching hospitals and Trusts.

Our shortened course is for qualified registered adult nurses who wish to further develop their professional knowledge and skills to be placed on the professional register and to work as midwives.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2019.

Why Midwifery at LSBU?

Accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
We have professional links with world-renowned teaching hospitals and Trusts in London and the South East.
Ranked No.2 London Modern University for Learning Opportunities, Academic Support, Student Voice and Overall satisfaction in Nursing (National Student Survey 2017) .
No.1 London modern university in the UK for Satisfied overall with course in Health Professions (Guardian League Table 2018).
95% of students are in employment or studying six months after graduating, UNISTATS 2017.
In the final phase of the course you are given the opportunity to do one week's rostered service to develop your practical skills by being the lead professional in the care of low risk women.
We have a real-time labour ward that is set up to simulate the range of delivery environments available to labouring women.
No.1 in London for graduate prospects in Nursing (Complete University Guide 2019).

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
90 weeks
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Stories

  • Real-time Labour Ward

    Real-time Labour Ward

    Our Real-time Labour Ward provides an environment that is realistic but safe, allowing midwifery students to gradually become confident in their skills.

  • Maria Yunusa, alumna, BSc Midwifery graduate

    Maria Yunusa, alumna, BSc Midwifery graduate

    Maria Yunusa feels the support she received during her time at LSBU helped her to start the career she always wanted.

Modules

The main focus of the course is the promotion of normality, i.e. the framing of childbirth as a normal physiological process which the majority of women will undergo in their lifetime. The course also acknowledges that a number of women have more complex needs where technological help will be needed.

You are expected to achieve the theoretical and practice standards stipulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to enable you to perform the 'Activities of a Midwife' (NMC 2004) within the context of promoting normality, using preventative measures, detecting complications, accessing appropriate assistance and carrying out emergency measures in the absence of medical aid.

Some compulsory skills sessions may take place in the evening.

Year 1

  • The art and science of midwifery
    The module prepares you for the role of the midwife throughout preconception, pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period. Building on previous knowledge, you will acquire an in-depth understanding and application of anatomy and physiology related to the childbearing continuum. A critical exploration of midwifery knowledge and the role of the midwife will provide a foundation for normal midwifery practice. This module will enable the acquisition of knowledge and skills required to support successful breast feeding.
  • A psycho-social model for childbearing and childbirth
    This module explores relevant sociological and psychological theory and research, related to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood. This module utilises a salutogenic approach to childbirth where birth is viewed as a normal physiological event. The module provides an exploration of factors which can influence the woman's psychological and emotional health and wellbeing. In application of this knowledge, the public health role of the midwife will be examined. 
  • Complex needs in childbirth
    This module develops the ability to assess, plan, deliver and evaluate care for women with complex needs. The module provides an in-depth understanding of the range of complex factors which can potentially affect the health and well-being of the mother during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period. 

Year 2

  • The compromised neonate
    This module will prepare you for the role in supporting women and their partners and families when complications arise in the fetus and neonate, normally associated with complex needs in the mother. Developmental and nutritional needs of the neonate will be emphasised. You will be enabled to provide transitional care, special and high dependency care for the compromised neonate. Application of evidence-based practice will be reinforced to enhance provision of care. 
  • Practice-based assessment (continues)
    This is a work-based learning module where you will be given academic credit for clinical practice and the safe and successful achievement of NMC midwifery proficiencies in practice. This will be facilitated by the clinical mentor. You are required to present two reflective accounts, one formative and the other summative demonstrating how care was delivered safely and appropriately to a woman. The formative account must be related to normal midwifery and the summative to a woman with complex obstetric needs. This will be within the context of the theoretical modules studied during phases one and two. The performance will be graded by the sign-off mentor using a level 6 marking grid. In addition, you will submit a supporting paper detailing a reflective analysis of the care given. 
  • Leadership, management and empowering
    This module carries the theoretical underpinnings of leadership and management, and has been designed to encourage you to recognise the importance of these roles in the planning and provision of care in maternity services. You will be guided to review your knowledge, to explore and develop management and leadership skills and to integrate the application of professional, ethical and legal aspects of care in the empowerment of staff and clients/mothers/families. Case load holding will be reviewed within this module.

Employability

Midwifery as a career

Many graduates take their first posts as qualified practitioners in the NHS Trusts and hospitals where they gained experience during their training. The degree enhances employability through its emphasis on a vocational approach to teaching, leading to a professional qualification and registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

The majority of roles are in the NHS, although there are opportunities at private hospitals, clinics and abroad. Day-to-day the work can be varied, as midwives have a range of responsibilities. Providing advice to women and their families; diagnosing, monitoring and examining women during pregnancy and co-ordinating with other professionals and agencies are all typical activities. There are also opportunities to enter education such as; practice development midwife, midwifery lecturer or lecturer-practitioner, research and management.

Recent graduates have become specialist midwives in teenage pregnancy, HIV, and smoking cessation counselling, whilst others have gone on to work in children's centres or become consultant midwives.

Interpersonal skills and salary

Being able to keep a calm head under pressure is essential, as are excellent people skills and good physical and mental stamina. Due to the nature of the work, many midwives do shift work around the clock, including weekends and bank holidays. Salaries in the NHS start around £21,000 – with experienced midwives earning up to £34,500 and midwifery consultants earning up to £67,000 (National Careers Service).

Professional Development

As a graduate from this course, you will be able to apply for further study at postgraduate level. LSBU runs a part-time MSc Midwifery and Excellence in Practice which is suitable for graduates with a minimum of one year professional practice experience. Find out more about this course through our online CPPD prospectus.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

Staff

Sheila Baldwin

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Adult Nursing and Midwifery
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing and Midwifery.

Sheila Baldwin is a Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing and Midwifery in the School of Health and Social Care.


Dr Sarah Church

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Adult Nursing and Midwifery
Job title: Associate Professor in Midwifery

Dr Sarah Church is an experienced midwife, educator and researcher. She is in a joint appointment with LSBU and Barts Health NHS Trust.


Evelyn Collison

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Adult Nursing and Midwifery
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing and Midwifery

Evelyn Collison is a Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing and Midwifery in the School of Heath and Social Care.


Sarah Esegbona-Adeigbe

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Adult Nursing and Midwifery
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Sarah trained as registered nurse at the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, qualifying in 1992, and completed midwifery training at St Thomas' and Guy's Hospitals in 1994. Sarah's specialist interests are culture and childbirth, female genital cutting, sickle cell and thalassaemia and high-risk pregnancy surveillance.


Priti Patel

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Adult Nursing and Midwifery
Job title: Senior Lecturer, Midwifery

Priti Patel is a Midwifery senior lecturer in the School of Health and Social Care.


Rosabell Ramesar

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Adult Nursing and Midwifery
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Midwifery

Rosabell Ramesar is a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery in the School of Health and Social Care.


Helen Seignior

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Adult Nursing and Midwifery
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Midwifery

Helen Seignior is a Senior Lecturer in midwifery in the School of Health and Social Care.


Michelle Steptoe

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Adult Nursing and Midwifery
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Midwifery

Michelle Steptoe is a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery in the School of Health and Social Care.


Facilities

Real-time labour ward

Our midwifery students have a real-time labour ward that is set up to simulate the range of delivery environments available to labouring women. The students can rehearse dealing with emergencies in a simulated setting.

SimMan, SimBaby and SimMom

The nursing and midwifery wards have simulator mannequins: SimMan, SimBaby and SimMom. These life-size mannequins are computer controlled and can be programmed with various clinical conditions. These are operated by a computer in real-time and so respond to a student's actions. They also allow students to see the outcome of specific interventions in certain scenarios, which could make the patient better or deteriorate quite quickly.

The mannequins are used to teach students how to recognise clinical signs, and to also associate those clinical signs with the actions they are taking to care for the patient.  SimMan can be male or converted to female with fully accurate anatomy and can breathe, blink, sweat, speak and groan in pain as well as have a pulse. Read more about SimMan.

  • Nursing skills labs

    Nursing skills labs

    Our realistic wards and lifelike mannequins allow students, NHS trusts and businesses to practice skills in a safe environment supported by experts.

  • Real-time Labour Ward

    Real-time Labour Ward

    Our Real-time Labour Ward provides an environment that is realistic but safe, allowing midwifery students to gradually become confident in their skills.

  • SimMan

    SimMan

    The School of Health and Social Care uses a variety of mannequins to help students learn clinical skills in a simulated care environment in laboratories.

Teaching and learning

Entry requirements

You will be a registered Adult nurse (level 1) with current registration with the NMC; a minimum qualification of Diploma in Higher Education; and at least 6 months post qualification clinical experience.

Foundation Year

Been out of study for a long time? Or maybe you haven’t met the entry requirements of your chosen degree? Our entry year acts as a bridge to degree-level studies.

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
90 weeks
Start date
September
Application code
3355
Application method

Applications are made through local Hospital Trusts (Whipps Cross University Hospital Trust / Barking Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust). These Trusts advertise on the NHS jobs website vacancies available. Applications are made online directly to them.

The process to apply is:

  1. Identify the Trust you want to be sponsored by. All sponsorship opportunities are advertised on NHS jobs and the Trust's vacancy listings.

  2. On your application form, state London South Bank University as your university of choice.

  3. Note: there is no separate application form via LSBU - ensure that you clearly state your education to show you meet the entry requirements.

  4. Successful applicants are invited for interview with a panel consisting of both Trust and LSBU representatives.

  5. Candidates who are successful at interview will be sent an offer letter from the University.

Finance

You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

Fee prices

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4%.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

Following a Government announcement in February 2018 registered adult nurses undertaking the 90 week shortened midwifery course will need to apply to the student loan company for funding to cover their course fees.

There may be opportunities for some applicants to receive salary support from our local Trusts. These opportunities are advertised via the NHS jobs  website. Other students can apply for a maintenance loan via the student loan company .

More information about funding for health care courses is available online from The Funding Clinic: https://thefundingclinic.org.uk.

Stories

Select a story and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

  • Real-time Labour Ward

    Real-time Labour Ward

    Our Real-time Labour Ward provides an environment that is realistic but safe, allowing midwifery students to gradually become confident in their skills.

  • Maria Yunusa, alumna, BSc Midwifery graduate

    Maria Yunusa, alumna, BSc Midwifery graduate

    Maria Yunusa feels the support she received during her time at LSBU helped her to start the career she always wanted.

  • Lisa Cecere, BSc (Hons) Midwifery

    Lisa Cecere, BSc (Hons) Midwifery

    Lisa Cecere is currently in her second year of the three year BSc (Hons) Midwifery degree here at LSBU.

  • Nursing skills labs

    Nursing skills labs

    Our realistic wards and lifelike mannequins allow students, NHS trusts and businesses to practice skills in a safe environment supported by experts.

  • SimMan

    SimMan

    The School of Health and Social Care uses a variety of mannequins to help students learn clinical skills in a simulated care environment in laboratories.

Prepare to start

DBS

You need to declare any previous convictions, cautions, warning or reprimands through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Find out more on the DBS process for applicants.

To see when and if convictions and cautions are removed from the DBS certificate check the filtering rules for the criminal record check certificates.

For more information please read our DBS FAQs.

To complete the DBS application and get your ID documents checked, please follow the steps below:

Step 1:

Complete the online DBS application and ensure you refer to the corresponding DBS course title when completing your application, to ensure we can track your application.

Organisation: LSBUHSC
Password: london2013

If you already have a DBS certificate and are part of the DBS update service, we need to see the hard copy of your DBS certificate. You’ll also need to e-mail hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk the details below so that we can perform a status check on the update service website:

  • Your DBS certificate number
  • Your name as it is on the DBS certificate
  • Your date of birth

Step 2:

You will need to bring in and show us three accepted ID documents so we can verify your application. You can bring them to the Southwark Student Help Desk in the K2 building during working hours, Monday-Friday (9am-11am, 1pm-4pm). No appointment is needed.

Please note:

If you are unable to physically come to campus and show your three forms of required ID, you can use the Post Office which offers an identity document checking service for a fee of £10.50.

Take photocopies of your three items of ID documents and your three original documents with you to the Post Office.

The Post Office will stamp the form and the photocopies and give them back to you

The documents should be scanned (including the Post Office receipt) and sent to hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk.

If you have further questions you can email hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk.

Enrolment

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our new students pages.

Occupational health

Please read our guide to immunisation, screening and health clearance.

If you have met the conditions of your offer download and complete an online medical questionnaire. This will go to our current occupational health provider. You can only enrol on your course when this is complete. For further information please read our Occupational Health FAQs.

Vaccination screening

Read our Vaccination Screening Advisory Letter (PDF File 126 KB).

Before you enrol on your course take the GP Vaccination and Screening History Form (PDF File 117 KB) to your GP for them to complete, sign and stamp.

Once you’ve enrolled take the form to the meeting with the occupational health nurse so the nurse can check your immunisation status and confirm this for your placement. If you do not complete the occupational health process you cannot go on placement and this may jeopardise your continuation on your course.

If you have any questions you can email hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk.

Holidays

Your holiday periods will not follow the normal University timetable because of placements. You’ll receive more details once you start your course.

Practice placements

Most health and social care courses’ practice placements will operate outside normal working hours e.g. evenings, nights, weekends and bank holidays.

Uniform

Most placements will require you to wear a uniform on placement or during some practical sessions in our skills laboratories. This will be provided along with a formal name badge.

You'll have to pay for any additional or replacement uniforms. For more information, see our uniform FAQs.

 
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