Complex Pregnancy, Assessment of Risk and Care Planning

University of the West of England, Bristol
Delivery Method: Face-to-face

This course is offered at Level 3 (Degree) and Masters level and is delivered at our Glenside Campus.

Course content includes:

  • Risk assessment in complex pregnancy:
    • Risk perception (statistical & psychological)
    • Understanding, evaluating and explaining risk.
  • Recognition of complexity and complex needs:
    • Identifying the impact of complex pregnancies, including multifactorial risk factors; medical, social and psychological co-morbidities
    • Postnatal-Prenatal counselling.
  • Strategic workforce challenges:
    • National perspective of maternity care
    • Acuity and dependency in maternity.
  • Role of specialist midwife and advanced practitioner:
    • Teenage pregnancy, diabetic specialist, fetal medicine specialists, cardiac specialist, haematology, drug & alcohol dependency
    • Maternity matron (CDS / community / MLU), Head of Midwifery, midwifery consultant.
  • Integrated working and referral pathways for social and medical complications:
    • Antenatal & fetal medicine assessment units
    • Vulnerable women's groups and other specialist clinics.
  • Neonatal care-pathways and service delivery:
    • Care in pregnancies where the predominant element of risk is fetal / neonatal.
  • Key transferable and clinical skills:
    • Clinical reasoning, decision making and human factors.
  • Leadership, management and coordination:
    • Coordinating multi-disciplinary teams and multi-agency working
    • Reflection and reflexion on practice in high-risk maternity environments and service users with complex needs.
  • Professional and ethical practice:
    • Coordinating and prioritising complex pregnancy care
    • Law and ethics in complex pregnancy.


Study time includes 48 contact hours (lectures, seminars, simulation and workshops).

Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts. Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding. Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.

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