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Midwifery

Midwifery

Kingston and St George’s has a long standing reputation for educating some of London’s best midwives. Midwifery is based at St George’s, University of London campus in Tooting, and is taught by leaders in the field who regularly contribute to research that continues to shape the care of mother and child before, during and after pregnancy. With over 190 students and 14 academics, our midwifery staff play an important role in shaping the midwives of today and tomorrow.

Courses

Pre-registration midwifery qualification

Post-registration course for continuing personal and professional development

Eligible to be completed on a stand-alone or continuous module-by-module basis within a five year period

Why choose us?

  • The Guardian University Guide ranked Kingston and St George’s as top in London for midwifery in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
  • Our teaching has an extensive focus on practical skill development, in partnership with local NHS Trusts to ensure you are fully equipped and competent to practice as an autonomous midwife when you register
  • We support students who wish to organise national and international placement opportunities to experience midwifery practice outside of the local area
  • Once you qualify, we offer a variety of workforce development opportunities, so you can design your learning and development to support the most appropriate areas of your work and career
  • Our Academic Mentoring Scheme involves student midwives in their second year undergoing additional training to take on the role as a mentor for first year students. This provides new students with a good support network and allows for a smooth transition to the volume of the workload required within the university and clinical settings.
  • Disclosure and Barring Service check
  • A professional uniform
  • Placement at one of our four partner trusts

Employment prospects
  • Past student midwives have secured senior positions such as specialist midwives, supervisors of midwives, midwifery managers/matrons, directors of midwifery services, consultant midwives, research midwives, lecturers and clinical placement facilitators
Student benefits
  • We have long standing and valuable relationships with four prominent NHS Trusts in south west London known for their excellence in midwifery, who make a significant contribution to your learning
  • You have the opportunity to experience midwifery practice in two local maternity units during the 156 week programme to extend your knowledge and confidence in practice
  • We have a dedicated Student Support Officer to ensure student wellbeing; they are the first point of contact for students who have personal problems, need advice or are seeking information about University services.
  • To enhance your experience in practice, there are dedicated link liaison lecturers, clinical practice facilitators and named supervisors of midwives within our academic team
Learning tools and facilities
  • University based state-of-the-art skills laboratories
  • Purpose-built simulation house at the Kingston University, Penrhyn Road campus to encourage inter-professional learning between student midwives and paramedics to practice community based care and emergencies
  • Midwifery-led care units in local Trusts
  • Dedicated neonatal unit/special care baby unit and transitional care neonatal facilities in each Trust
  • Specific bereavement area for parents within the maternity units
Practice placements
We have four long standing relationships with practice partners from the NHS where our students complete practice placements. They include:
Accreditations
  • We are currently working towards obtaining the UNICEF Baby Friendly (BFI) accreditation for universities to strengthen our position and appeal to students and local commissioners
  • 80 per cent of our staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy

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Call for better maternity services for parents-to-be with hearing problems at Deaf Nest Project conference

Midwives, students and healthcare professionals have called for improvements in antenatal and childbirth services for deaf families, at an event organised by Kingston University and St George’s, University of London.

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Unicef UK and World Health Organisation’s Baby Friendly Certificate of Commitment awarded to the School of Midwifery

This certificate is the School’s first step towards gaining international recognition for the high training levels in breastfeeding provided to students on its midwifery courses.

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Midwifery research

Midwifery students

Exploring how student midwives develop the skills needed to support childbirth

Little is known about the thoughts, feelings and experiences of student midwives as they develop the essential skills required to support women in childbirth.

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Midwifery students

How to enhance strategies for mentoring student midwives

In a recent study, Acting Dean Dr Val Collington and lecturer Gina Finnerty aimed to explore some of the strategies used by midwife mentors to pass on essential hands-on skills to students.

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