Return to Midwifery Practice

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

In conjunction with The University of the West of England, healthcare organisations, such as NHS Trusts, GP practices and independent providers will be supporting Midwives, Nurses and Health Visitors to return to practice with the potential of employment on successful completion of the programme.

Course content includes:

  • Contemporary issues:
    • Developments in reproductive technology and ante-natal diagnosis
    • Use of complementary therapies
    • The influence of pressure groups/support groups
    • Multidisciplinary and inter-agency working
    • Impact of information technology on practice.
  • Current issues in practice:
    • Research in clinical practice and implementing evidence-based practice
    • Extended and specialist roles of midwives, changing sphere of practice
    • Related ethical issues
    • Empowerment and the midwife as an advocate.
  • Management issues:
    • Government policies and legislation, midwives code of conduct
    • Organisation of midwifery care, changing childbirth initiatives
    • Changes in educational provision as they affect clinical practice e.g. mentorship, preceptorship, the new midwifery registration programmes
    • Quality assurance measures (standard setting, auditing etc.) skill mix
    • You will be encouraged to consider your particular learning needs and chose content from the pre-registration syllabus and study days applicable to your particular needs.


The programme has 6 face to face study days which are spread out throughout the duration of the programme (which will be also be attended by returnee nurses and health visitors). In addition, there is a requirement for returnee midwives to evidence a minimum of 35 hours midwifery-specific sessions/learning activities, one which will be provided in addition to the six study days previously mentioned.

The HESW guidelines for Return to Practice midwives (HESW 2012) stipulate that you undertake a minimum of 450 hours clinical practice and five theory days.

Course fees are funded by Health Education South West (HESW). A bursary is available through HESW to support your study and associated costs and this is £1000 for nurses and £500 for health visitors and midwives. Please see the UWE course page for information on the application process and registration pathways for this course.

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