Preparation of supervisors of midwives


Preparation of supervisors of midwives

This module is for nominated practicing midwives who are eligible to undertake the Preparation of Supervisors of Midwives programme (NMC, 2012). You will have met NMC (2012) requirements and have confirmation of nomination from the Local Supervising Authority Midwifery Officer (LSAMO) to undertake the course.

As stipulated by the NMC (2014) Standard 5 requirement of a minimum 90hrs each for theory and practice, you will need to obtain support and agreement from your sponsoring employer for the protected time.

Explore key issues in the statutory supervision of midwives. On successful completion of the module you will be able to support and develop midwives and the maternity care services and ensure the protection of the public. The Local Supervising Authority Midwifery Officer (LSAMO) will be informed for appointment purposes and the NMC will also be informed as this course is now a recordable qualification.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Critically appraises the role and responsibility of the Supervisor of Midwives.
  2. Analyses relevant legislative/ethical frameworks for the supervision of midwives.
  3. Critical evaluate leadership in supervision of midwives.
  4. Critically analyses the issues involved in investigatory supervision together with clear application of legislative frameworks.
  5. Evaluates research and evidence to support conclusions and recommendations in support of childbirth as a normal physiological event.
  6. Evaluates self, reflecting on communication skills in responding to conflicts and dilemma that women and midwives experience.
  7. Critically examines, selects and manages information from local and national policy agendas to direct maternity service provision.


Who is the module for? Midwives who are eligible to become Supervisors of Midwives in accordance with Midwives Rule 8 (NMC, 2012) and have undergone the relevant local supervising authority’s selection process (NMC 2014).

Module code: CFH6023V

Entry criteria:: Meet NMC (2012) requirements:

  • Be a practising midwife
  • Have three years of experience as a practising midwife of which at least one shall have been in the two-year period immediately preceding the appointment.
  • Obtain confirmation of nomination to undertake the preparation programme from the local supervising authority midwifery officer of the relevant LSA, together with the agreement of the programme leader.


Number of credits and level of study: 45 credits at level 6. This course is also available as a postgraduate (level 7) award.

Assessment: Competency assessment document and essay

Location: St George’s, University of London. Skills days to be held at Kingston University.

Pattern of Delivery: 12 days

Module dates:*
(9am – 4.30pm)

  • 24, 25 May, 21, 22 Jun, 26, 27 Jul, 27, 28 Sep, 18, 19 Oct 2017
  • 18, 19 April, 16, 17 May, 13, 14 June, 18, 19 July, 19, 20 September, 10, 11 October 2018

*Dates may change

Fee: £2150

Module leader: Georgina Sims


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