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 developing further skills as necessary. Inter-professional working will be highlighted.

This module will enable students to:

  • Reflect and review practice in relation to high dependency care of women receiving maternity care.
  • Provide a forum in which midwives can explore issues related to their practice taking into account current evidence.


Learning outcomes:

  1. Critically evaluate the holistic approach to high dependency care.
  2. Critically analyse the physiology and pathophysiology related to high dependency situations.
  3. Critically discuss the high dependency care given to women and their families in light of current evidence.
  4. Critically discuss the medical management of identified conditions requiring high dependency care.
  5. Critically discuss 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: HP6053X

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

Assessment: Care plan and essay

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

Entry criteria:

Applicants are expected to hold a recognised healthcare related qualification with current professional registration (where appropriate to the qualification) and normally a minimum of 6 months post-qualifying experience in order to consolidate training. In addition:

  • Applicants should hold a qualification which provides 120 credits at level 4, or equivalent, for entry to the diploma programme or a Dip. H. E., (or equivalent), obtained within the last five years, for entry to the degree programme;
  • Applicants for the graduate certificate are normally expected to hold an honours or ordinary degree, or equivalent

Equivalences of overseas qualifications are assessed using a specialist resource (NARIC) to which SGUL subscribes.

Non-standard applicants

Healthcare practitioners who do not hold a Dip H.E. (or equivalent) will normally be considered for standalone level 6 module enrolments if they can demonstrate one of the following:

  • Successful completion within the last five years of either certificated learning at level 6 or above, or completion of more than 60 credits at level 5, or a minimum of 30 credits at level 5 at or above a grade B (60%);
  • Successful completion of a level 6 entrance test.

Applicants who do not meet the standard criteria for entry to the diploma programme, will be assessed on an individual basis and will normally be considered for access to standalone level 5 modules where demonstration of the ability to study at level 5 has been achieved through successful completion of an entrance test.

Module leader: Jane Forman

Programme: This module is part of the Healthcare Practice DipHE/BSc(Hons)/GradCert


Contact the PPD Programme Office who will be happy to help you with any queries.