To help you feel prepared for your postgraduate studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now.
Important: Occupational Health
You’ll be allocated an Occupational Health (OH) appointment at the clinic being held at our Ormskirk campus. The clinics will be held within the first weeks of when you start the course (dates are yet to be finalised).
Please remember that it’s a condition of entry to the programme that you’re cleared and immunised by OH. If you don’t meet this requirement your place on the programme could be jeopardised. It’s also important to remember that if you’re not fully cleared by OH, you won’t be able to fully enrol on your course. This could then mean you can’t access your maintenance loan via Student Finance England.
So, to make sure this goes as smoothly as possible, you’ll need to provide details of your immunisation record to the OH Team when you complete the questionnaire.
If you’re unable to attend your allocated time slot, you must contact us, preferably giving at least 24 hours notice. If you’re unable to give 24 hours notice or have an issue on the day of your appointment, please email [email protected] or call the team on 01695 650946. The OH and School team will try to provide another appointment, but this is likely to be at the OH department based in Wigan and you will need to make sure that you attend.
Most of our placement settings will also require you to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as a condition of placement. If you’re not vaccinated or are part way through vaccination, please let us know as soon as possible. It’s likely that this will be included on your immunisation record which will be sufficient to confirm your clearance.
We routinely collect data on short notice cancellations and non-attendance. Unfortunately, if this happens more than once, the University will charge you the full cost of the appointment.
Edge Hill University has an extensive library to enable access to specific learning resources recommended for each module. The following titles are examples recommended in the first module of the programme to enable you to consider key texts in midwifery and anatomy and physiology:
- BARR, J. & Dowding, L. 2019, Leadership in Health Care, Fourth edn, SAGE, Los Angeles.
- BARTLEY, M. 2017;2016;, Health Inequality: An Introduction to Concepts, Theories and Methods, Second edn, Polity Press, Malden, Massachusetts; Cambridge, England.
- BILLINGTON, M. and STEVENSON, M., 2007. Critical care in childbearing for midwives. Blackwell Publishing.
- BLACKBURN, S., 2017. Maternal, Fetal, & neonatal physiology-E-book: a clinical perspective. Elsevier Health Sciences.
- BOYLE, M. ed., 2017. Emergencies around childbirth: a handbook for midwives. CRC Press.
- DUDENHAUSEN, J.W., 2014. Practical obstetrics. Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG.
- FOSTER, I.R. and LASSER, J., 2010. Professional ethics in midwifery practice. Jones & Bartlett Publishers.
- MACINTYRE, G., STEWART, A. & MCCUSKER, P. 2018, Safeguarding Adults: Key Themes and Issues, Palgrave, London.
- MARSHALL, J.E. and JACKSON, K. eds., 2012. Midwifery Practice: Critical Illness, Complications and Emergencies Case Book. McGraw-Hill Education (UK).
Things to do now
Training to become a midwife is a rewarding and challenging role requiring a diverse range of skills, including working independently and as part of a multi-professional team. The focus of the programme is woman-and person-centred care and work in close partnership with women and people and their families to provide support, care and advice throughout during the childbirth continuum.
As an Edge Hill University midwifery student, learning and teaching will be facilitated by a team of highly experienced and motivated lecturers, who are all registered midwives. There is a commitment throughout the programme to enhance the student experience in preparation for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
A career in midwifery can be varied, including practising in a hospital or community setting, stand-alone birth centres or independent practice. Opportunities to develop post registration can enable career pathways in clinical, management, teaching and research.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council will give you detailed information about the professional codes and standards.
When you start with us in September, you’ll have a week-long induction to introduce and familiarise you with University life.
Affiliation to a union body is also recommended, for example:
What to do next:
- Familiarise yourself with the new Standards for Supervision and Assessment in Practice (NMC) as mentorship is no longer in place
- You may wish to revise General Anatomy and Physiology which you covered in your nursing programme and which we will use
- Read the Better Births report and Ockendon Report (even the summary) as this is what maternity services is working towards.