The University of Leicester has welcomed its first students onto the four-year undergraduate Master in Science (MSci) Midwifery with Leadership undergraduate course; the first midwifery course of its kind in the UK.
Throughout the course, students will develop leadership skills, co-facilitated by the university’s School of Business, and through inter-professional Leadership Learning Sets supported by local midwifery and nursing leaders, as well as undertaking various clinical placements, that include electives and internships.
Local NHS maternity service providers at University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) NHS Trust, are key business partners in the development and implementation of the course, ensuring the students are equipped to deliver modern day maternal and neonatal care as well as develop their abilities to become the future leaders of the midwifery profession.
UNICEF-UK Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) also plays an important component throughout the course, with the University of Leicester working towards BFI accreditation for universities.
47% of the course is theoretically based, with 53% focusing on practice, based on the current Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) standards.
Foundation Professor of Midwifery and NMC Lead Midwife for Education, Professor Jayne E Marshall, said: “For those aspiring to become a future leader of the midwifery profession from the start, THIS is THE course.
It is the first 4-year undergraduate Master IN Science midwifery programme in the UK that has leadership components threaded throughout all years. It is unique in that it has been developed as a business partnership with the local NHS: the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and as such, students are part of BOTH organisations.
Midwives completing this programme will commence employment within the NHS at Band 5 and will be supported by leadership mentors and preceptors to utilise their leadership education and skills to fast-track into key NHS leadership roles.”
As part of the University of Leicester’s digital technology strategy, every first-year student receives an iPad where educational resources are delivered to ensure they all have access to contemporary data and are able to effectively organise their own self-directed study.
The first year modules include:
- Foundations of clinical leadership
- Midwifery practice
- Foundations of professional practice
- Biological sciences applied to midwifery and neonatal care
- Foundations of evidence-based practice
- Social and psychological concepts of public health and social care
Modules in the final year include undertaking a project / dissertation with support from an academic supervisor, promoting safe motherhood from a global context and assisting student midwives to prepare for their professional practice as a registered midwife.
The University of Leicester has 40 years’ experience of offering healthcare education for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and the introduction of midwifery education heralds to introduction of a new School of Allied Health Professions.
More information about the course and entry requirements can be found on the University of Leicester website here.
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