High dependency issues in maternity care


High dependency issues in maternity care

This module will enable participants to explore issues related to the provision of care to women in high dependency situations and reflect on their current skills, and develop further skills as necessary. Inter-professional working will be highlighted.

Students will be able to:

  • Reflect on and enhance their practice in relation to high dependency care of women receiving maternity care.
  • Provide a forum in which midwives, nurses and physician associates can demonstrate their decision making and leadership skills in relation to their practice taking into account current evidence.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate advanced understanding of the holistic approach to high dependency care.
  2. Demonstrate in-depth systematic understanding of the physiology and patho-physiology related to high dependency situations.
  3. Critically evaluate and synthesize the research and evidence in relation to high dependency care given to women and their families in light of current evidence.
  4. Make informed judgements and critically discuss the medical management of identified conditions requiring high dependency care.
  5. Critically evaluate the effectiveness of pharmacology in relation to medical conditions requiring high dependency care.

Who is the module for?  Registered midwife or registered nurse working within an obstetric unit.

Module code: HP7036X

Entry criteria:

Applicants will be required to meet all of the following criteria:

  • Hold a recognised health-related professional qualification and current professional registration.
  • Hold an Honours degree 2(ii) or above from a UK or Republic of Ireland university. An Honours degree equivalent to a 2(ii) or above from an approved institution of higher education outside the UK and Republic of Ireland will be accepted. Advice on equivalence of overseas awards will be obtained from the National Recognition and Information Centre for the UK (NARIC).
  • Normally have a minimum of one year’s post-qualifying practice experience. Module specific practice related requirements and additional entry criteria will apply to some modules and these will be indicated in the module outlines.


Non-standard applicants

Applications will be considered from non-standard applicants who can demonstrate the following certificated learning:

  • a DipHE from a UK or Republic of Ireland university or equivalent qualification from an approved institution of higher education outside the UK and Republic of Ireland

and one of the following completed within the last five years:

  • successful completion of a standalone module at level M OR
  • a minimum of 30 credits from standalone modules at level 6, at or above grade B (60%).


Proficiency in English language

Evidence of English language testing will be required from all applicants for whom English is not their first language and who have not previously undertaken studies in English. The required level of proficiency will be a minimum overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score (or equivalent) of 6.5, with no section achieving less than 6.0. Evidence of proficiency must be dated within the last two years. Applicants who have taken the examination more than twice in one year will not be considered.
International applicants

All international applicants must satisfy the requirements of the UK Border Agency in relation to St George’s responsibilities as a Highly Trusted Sponsor for students (Tier 4).
Advanced practice route

Applicants for this route will be required to meet all the following additional requirements:

  • a minimum of two years full-time experience (or the equivalent in part-time hours) in health or social care employment
  • be employed in a senior role
  • demonstrate they are working in a practice setting which enables the achievement of the specialist compulsory module outcomes relating to the Advanced Practice competencies (Great Britain, Department of Health, 2010).

Number of credits and level of study: 15 credits at level 7. The course is also offered as a undergraduate (level 6) award.

Assessment: Essay and care plan

Location: St George’s, University of London

Pattern of Delivery: 5 days

Module dates:*
(9am – 4.30pm)

  • 30 May, 6, 13, 20, 27 June 2017
  • 29 May, 5, 12, 19, 26 June 2018

*Dates may change

Fee: £800

Programme: This module is part of Healthcare Practice PgCert/PgDip/MSc