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Return to Midwifery Practice

Course Details

Course/Module Code





21-22 Accredited 20 credits



21-22 Non-Accredited 20 credits



Course Dates

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Careers/further study

This module can contribute towards:

  • BSc(Hons) Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • BSc(Hons) Health and Social Care
  • MSc Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • Professional Development Award



Contemporary issues

  • Developments in reproductive technology and ante-natal diagnosis.
  • Use of complementary therapies.
  • The influence of pressure groups/support groups.
  • Multidisciplinary and inter-agency working.
  • Impact of information technology on practice.

Current issues in practice

  • Research in clinical practice and implementing evidence-based practice.
  • Professional
  • Extended and specialist roles of midwives, changing sphere of practice.
  • Related ethical issues.
  • Empowerment and the midwife as an advocate.

Management issues

  • Government policies and legislation, midwives code of conduct.
  • Organisation of midwifery care, changing childbirth initiatives.
  • Changes in educational provision as they affect clinical practice e.g. mentorship, preceptorship, the new midwifery registration programmes.
  • Quality assurance measures (standard setting, auditing etc.) skill mix.
  • You will be encouraged to consider your particular learning needs and chose content from the pre-registration syllabus and study days applicable to your particular needs.

Course Director

Gillian Ottley

Entry Requirements

FAQs for potential returnees.

FAQs for employers.

New Return to Practice Standards:
Please check your eligibility against the new standards (PDF) if you are commencing this course after January 2020.


This programme is for qualified Midwives who have lapsed registration with the NMC and who wish to return to practice and re-register with the NMC. Provision of Return to Practice has recently changed to an employer led model with places commissioned by Health Education South West (HeSW).

In conjunction with the University, healthcare organisations such as NHS Trusts, GP practices and independent providers will be supporting midwives, nurses and health visitors to return to practice with the potential of employment on successful completion of the programme. 

The programme has six face-to-face study days which are spread out throughout the duration of the programme (which will be also be attended by returnee nurses and health visitors).  

In addition, there is a requirement for returnee midwives to evidence a minimum of 35 hours midwifery-specific sessions/learning activities, one which will be provided in addition to the six study days previously mentioned.

Key Facts

The duration of the programme will be dependent on the achievement of 450 clinical practice hours and the number of hours you can spend in your practice placement per week. It is anticipated the programme will be completed between four and nine months.

Learning and Teaching

A learning contract will be negotiated with you to ensure you are able to meet your individual learning needs to support your return to midwifery practice.

A variety of approaches will be used which may include:

  • Scheduled learning includes; lectures, seminars, tutorials, demonstration, practical classes and workshops, external study days, work based learning, TEL.
  • Independent learning includes; hours engaged with essential reading, assignment preparation and completion. These sessions constitute an average time per level as indicated in the table below. A learning contract is used to support learning activity.
  • Placement learning: 450 hours will be undertaken to meet the NMC and HESW requirements. Appropriate supervised clinical practice in local NHS Trust will be organised.

The theoretical aspect of the programme is run alongside a practice placement where you will complete practice competencies that meet the NMC outcomes that are required to be eligible to return to practice, these are:-

  • An understanding of the influence of health and social policy to the practice of nursing and midwifery.
  • An understanding of the requirements of legislation, guidelines, codes of practice and polices relevant to the practice of nursing and midwifery.
  • An understanding of the current structure and organisation of care, nationally and locally.
  • An understanding of current issues in nursing and midwifery education and practice.
  • The use of relevant literature and research to inform the practice of nursing and midwifery.
  • The ability to identify and assess need, design and plan interventions and evaluate outcome in all relevant areas of practice, including the effective delivery of appropriate emergency care.
  • The ability to use appropriate communications, teaching and learning skills
  • The ability to function effectively in a team and participate in a multi-professional approach to people's care.
  • The ability to identify strengths and weaknesses, acknowledgement limitation of competence and recognising the importance of maintaining and developing professional competence.


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20 credit level 3 module

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