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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 helping you to become active in your role.

The student, on successful completion of the module and appointment as a Supervisors of Midwives, 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 be informed as this course is now a recordable qualification.



Learning outcomes:  

  • Develop a deep and systematic understanding of the role and responsibility of the supervisor of midwives.
  • Critically evaluates the legislative and ethical frameworks for the supervision of midwives.
  • Synthesis leadership role and team working within supervision of midwives.
  • Critical application of relevant legislative frameworks and ethical principles in practice to investigatory supervision.
  • Critically appraise research and evidence base to support effective strategy and service development in supervision of midwives.
  • Critically evaluates self, reflecting on own and others performance to facilitate and respond to challenging problems or dilemma that women and midwives experience.
  • Synthesis information from local and national policy agendas to influence practice for maternity service care.

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:   HP7029V


Entry criteria:  

- An honours degree and a relevant professional qualification
- A minimum of two years' experience in health and social care
- For those who do not hold a first degree, evidence of appropriate other study and/or experience will be considered
- 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 7. The course is also offered as a undergraduate (level 6) award.

Assessment:   Competency assessment document (CAD) and essay

Location:   St George's, University of London

Pattern of Delivery:   Course length: 12 teaching days


Module dates*

  • 12 sessions
  • Wednesday 18 April 2018
  • Thursday 19 April 2018
  • Wednesday 16 May 2018
  • Thursday 17 May 2018
  • Wednesday 13 June 2018
  • Thursday 14 June 2018
  • Wednesday 18 July 2018
  • Thursday 19 July 2018
  • Wednesday 19 September 2018
  • Thursday 20 September 2018
  • Wednesday 10 October 2018
  • Thursday 11 October 2018

*Dates may change

Fee:   £2227

Module leader:   Ms Georgina Sims (primary)

Preparation of supervisors of midwives