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BSc (Hons) Midwifery (Shortened Course)Southwark Campus
Fit for practice
Please note: this course is not currently recruiting for 2019 entry.
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.
- 2nd in London for learning resources (National Student Survey 2019).
- 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.
- Joint 1st in the UK for career prospects (Guardian League Table 2020).
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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).
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.
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.
The programme has been jointly validated by LSBU and the NMC. On completion of the course, you are eligible to be placed on the NMC professional register.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council regulates nurses and midwives in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Islands.
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.
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.
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
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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:
- Identify the Trust you want to be sponsored by. All sponsorship opportunities are advertised on NHS jobs and the Trust's vacancy listings.
- On your application form, state London South Bank University as your university of choice.
- Note: there is no separate application form via LSBU - ensure that you clearly state your education to show you meet the entry requirements.
- Successful applicants are invited for interview with a panel consisting of both Trust and LSBU representatives.
- Candidates who are successful at interview will be sent an offer letter from the University.
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.
Prepare to start
Disclosure Barring Service (DBS)
All pre-registration students need to be DBS cleared before going on placement. You’ll need to have an enhanced DBS check even if you have had one before and will not be able to go on placement until this is complete.
The DBS process is not difficult but can take some time so it's best to get started as soon as you receive your email.
DBS update service
If you're part of the DBS update service, your subscription is up to date and you already have a DBS certificate, please email a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org and then bring in your hard copy for the document check. To take advantage of the update service, your certificate needs to be classified as 'Enhanced' and workforce must be listed as 'Adult and Child'. If you have any queries, please email us at email@example.com.
How to complete your DBS
Our DBS supplier, Verifile, will send you an email with all the details you need to complete your DBS.
Verifile will give you instructions to log into their system and complete your personal details and information. To complete the process, you'll need your passport or driving licence and 5-year address history including dates when you moved in/out.
You can use your application number to track the progress of your DBS.
When you've finished, your Disclosure Statement will be mailed to the most recent address in your submission, so please make sure it's correct. We don't automatically receive a copy of this Statement, which is why we need you to bring it in as part of the next step.
Frequently asked questions
My Social Work friends said they need to pay. Do I need to pay?
What do I need to declare on my DBS?
Please include any and all major and minor, spent and unspent convictions, cautions, warning and reprimands, even if they relate to juvenile offences or seem trivial or unimportant. Some minor offences will not prevent you from going on placement or being offered a place on your course, but still need to be reviewed so it’s best to be honest and include everything. Also, the more information you include about any offences can help reduce the time it takes to assess them.
I’ve applied for/had a DBS in past. Do I need to do it again?
Yes, you do. You need to have an up-to-date DBS. Once you have received the email from our DBS supplier make sure you start the process straight away. All details of how to do this will be outlined in the email. If you don’t complete your DBS in the timeframe given, we may withdraw your offer even if term has already started. So it’s important that you get started as soon as you receive the email.
Why do I need an enhanced DBS check?
Government legislation requires all Higher Education Institutions who offer courses where students may come into unsupervised contact with children or vulnerable adults to have this check. These checks also help us to ensure duty of care to our students, and create a safer environment for patients seen by our students.
Who reviews my DBS?
As part of the University’s admissions process, declarations of any offence may be referred to a virtual panel made up of senior managers from partner NHS Trusts and/or other sectors within Health and Social Care. Any DBS that is considered by the panel will be anonymised. The panel members then deliberate and make a recommendation whether the application be rejected, accepted or request further information or documents.
When will I hear back from the panel about my DBS?
If you have declared an offence, we might ask for more information from you in writing which will help the panel make a decision. Once your declaration has been referred to the panel it can take up to 28 working days to be processed.
Which address do I use?
You need to put your current address on your DBS application because this is where your Statement will be mailed. If you’ve moved house between submitting and receiving your DBS, make sure you have mail forwarding set up so that you’ll receive your statement. If you’ve moved recently, make sure you have proof of your new address (such as a new bank statement) to bring for your document checks.
I’ve lost my statement. What do I do?
If you’ve lost your statement you will need to pay £46 to purchase a new one.
I’ve had my application rejected due to my DBS declaration/disclosure. Can I appeal the decision?
Yes. If your application has been rejected due to your DSB declaration/discloser, you will be sent a letter to confirm this. There will be instructions in the letter about how you can appeal and which supporting information you need to provide. Once a decision has been made you will receive a letter from the School Executive Team.
Once you have completed the online part of the DBS process, you'll need to bring your DSB Statement along with three accepted documents from this list to be verified at either our Southwark or Havering campus. Document checks can be completed for free at either campus, no appointment is necessary.
If you cannot get to either of our campuses, you can have your documents checked and certified at the Post Office for a small fee.
Document check on campus
Southwark: Southwark Student Help Desk in the K2 building Monday – Friday between 9am-11am or 1pm-4pm
Havering: come to reception at Havering Monday – Friday between 8:30-10:30am, 12-2pm, 4-5pm
Document check at the Post Office
If you’re not able to come to campus, you can get your documents checked and certified at the Post Office for a fee of £10.50. To do this, make photocopies of your three accepted ID documents and take your DBS form, copies and originals of your documents to the Post Office. The Post Office will stamp the form and photocopies and given them back to you. Email your post office receipt, stamped form and stamped documents to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Occupational Health (OH)
An exciting part of your placement is that you’ll be learning off-campus and working with patients, clients and/or service users. Before you start, we need to make sure that you have the correct levels of immunisations.
The first part of your occupational health check is to complete the online questionnaire which our occupational health provider will review.
The second part of your occupational health check is to get any inoculations that you may need from your GP. When attending your GP appointment, please take printed copies of these two documents with you.
Occupational Health appointment
After these steps are complete you will receive an email from OHWorks Ltd inviting you to attend an appointment on-campus with an Occupational Health Nurse. These appointments take place during the week and sometimes when your classes have already started.
The OH team have prepared this guide (PDF File 322 KB) which outlines what to expect at each stage. If you have queries or concerns about your Occupational Health clearance or inoculations please contact the Occupational Health team.
Frequently asked questions
I don't want to get vaccinations. Can I opt out of these?
We have a duty of care to students and patients and so need to make sure you have the correct level of immunisation before you go on placement. You won’t be able to go on placement if you don’t have this or are not OH cleared.
My local GP doesn’t have my vaccination history. What should I do?
Contact the OH team at email@example.com who will be able to advise you.
What if I can’t make my OH appointment?
Please contact the OH team to reschedule at least 48 hours in advance. Remember that you won’t be able to go on placement until you’re cleared.
I’ve already registered with LSBU’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Unit (DDS). Do I still need to tell the OH Nurse about my condition?
Yes. Tell the OH Nurse about all conditions including specific learning difficulties even if you’ve declared these in the past. This will allow us to make reasonable adjustments whilst you’re on placement.
If I’ve declared a condition to the OH Nurse, do I need to register with LSBU’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Unit as well?
The information you share with the OH Nurse will be treated with confidence, meaning that it won’t be automatically shared with the DDS team. The DDS team can help you to receive support for your lectures, assignments and exams so it’s worth to register with them and provide evidence of your condition if you need this support.
Before starting your course, you may want to check or practice your numeracy skills. The National Numeracy Challenge is a free online tool that helps you learn, revise and quiz your essential numeracy skills. You’ll also be able to get a certificate to show your efforts.
Enrolment and Welcome Week
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.
Most placements and some practical sessions in our skills laboratories will require you to wear a uniform and name badge. You will be measured for uniforms specific to your course as part of your Welcome Week activities after enrolment. In the meantime, we have prepared answers to frequently asked questions that you might find useful.
Frequently asked questions
Do I get a uniform for when I go on placement?
Yes, LSBU will supply you with uniforms for your placement with the exception of Social Work and Health and Social Care BSc students who are not required to wear uniforms for their placements.
Which uniforms will I receive?
Nursing and midwifery students will receive two pairs of trousers, three tunics and a name badge. Polo shirts will be issued instead of tunics for students studying mental health nursing, physiotherapy, chiropractic and sport rehabilitation. ODP students will receive one set of scrubs top and trousers.
How long do the uniforms need to last?
The items are to last for the duration of your programme of study.
How do I know what size I am?
A measuring and distribution service will be available by the uniform provider at both Southwark and Havering campuses. As garments are fitted for work purposes they need to allow for flexibility of movement so it’s best to have the uniform provider measure you up.
Am I able to request a longer tunic?
You can request a longer tunic for religious or medical reasons. To do this, you should advise the uniform supplier at the measuring session. These tunics are 2 inches longer and sleeves finish just above the elbows. Due to infection control, full length sleeves are not permitted.
Can I use a preferred name or a nickname on my name badge?
Name badges are professional and need to include your formal names.
What do I do if I lose or damage my name badge?
You can order a replacement name badge direct with the uniform provider. Badges need to be worn at all times when you are at placement.
Can I order more uniforms?
You are welcome to purchase additional items at Work in Style. You will need to log in using your student ID and then follow the step-by-step instruction. Please note that dresses are not available.
Can I try on my uniforms?
You should try on your uniforms the day you receive them so that the staff at the measuring service can help arrange any size exchanges. If you choose not to try on your uniforms and require different sizes at a later date you will need to purchase these through the uniform provider’s online portal at your own cost.
What do I do with my uniform after I complete my studies?
They are yours to keep – you do not need to return the garments.
Most health and social care courses’ practice placements will operate outside normal working hours e.g. evenings, nights, weekends and bank holidays.
Your holiday periods will not follow the normal University timetable because of placements. You’ll receive more details once you start your course.
Fees and funding
Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.
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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%.
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.