The aim of this course is to enable qualified midwives to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) regulatory requirements for renewal of registration and re-entry to the Register following a break in practice. Students are encouraged to develop skills in lifelong learning as required by the Post Registration Education and Practice standards.
This course enables previously registered practitioners who have been out of practice to fulfill current NMC requirements and return to the midwifery part of the register. This is in preparation to enter clinical practice as a safe, accountable and competent practitioner who is able to provide a high standard of care.
The Return to Midwifery Practice course is available to undertake at level 5 and 20 academic credits are attached.
What happens on the course?
The course will involve an element of theory as well as practice placements.
Following a few study days at university, you will commence a pre-arranged placement in a clinical area where you will be supervised by a suitably qualified mentor who will be available to support you.
You will take responsibility for your learning in practice in negotiation with your mentor. Theoretical evidence to support your practice will be maintained in an electronic portfolio.
This course is assessed by the completion of 18 clinical practice outcomes that have to be successfully achieved in practice in order to pass the course and are assessed by the sign off Mentor. The process will be verified by a midwifery tutor during a tripartite meeting with you and your sign off mentor.
You must secure your own practice placement prior to commencing the course. All placement areas must have had an educational audit undertaken and have a ‘sign off’ mentor to support you. The university will require this evidence prior to commencing the placement. For further advice contact Emma Whapples, Course Leader.
Your clinical placement is where you will complete the clinical part of the course. The NMC require that returners spend a minimum of 150 hours in supervised clinical practice before returning to the Register. You will spread these hours over 2 semesters, and it may be necessary to complete more than 150 hours if you have been out of practice for a long time. This will be determined by the Lead Midwife for Education.
If you are currently working, please consider very carefully how you would incorporate your clinical hours into your current job. It is not permissible to try to complete the clinical hours working at weekends only. You need to spread your hours over weekdays and weekends in order to gain useful and varied experience. You may work the occasional night if you wish, but the majority of your clinical time will be on day duty covering mornings, afternoons and evenings with your sign off mentor.
Midwifery is an exciting and developing profession that you will have previously enjoyed, and this course will provide a broad-based update on essential subjects/ topic areas that will allow you to continue your career in midwifery.
If you have been previously registered as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or previously the United Kingdom Central Council (UKCC), this course will enable you to re-register and return to midwifery practice.
Whether you have been out of practice for a long period of time, or have had a career break, you are welcome to apply for this course. There is no upper age limit.
The vast majority of students who complete a Return to Practice course successfully find employment as a Registered Midwife having regained confidence, ensuring their practice is up to date and their knowledge is evidence based.
Following the Return to Practice course some students choose to continue with part-time studies at university in order to further enhance their careers.
What skills will you gain?
By the end of the course, including your directed and self-directed study, you should be able to:
Critically reflect on your role as a midwife and demonstrate safe, competent and professional practice in the health and social care setting.
Utilise the databases and search strategies to identify and appraise evidence for best practice; demonstrate application of findings to practice.
Critically analyse the impact of a range of national policies and strategies on local provision of midwifery care.
Critically reflect on your individual learning needs for continuing professional development and accountability in order to maintain registered midwife status and enhance your future practice.
These modules are correct at the time of publication. Modules may change over time due to validation and continuous monitoring policies. Applicants will be notified in writing of any significant changes to their chosen course(s).
Return to Midwifery Practice
If you have been out of midwifery practice for a period of 5 years or more, then you are eligible to undertake the Return to Midwifery Practice course.
You will be interviewed at the university by a clinician and a tutor. This will include a discussion regarding suitable clinical areas for you to maximise your experience.
You will be required to undergo an enhanced check via the Disclosure and Barring service (DBS check). Evidence that this has been done is required following the individual interview. You will be expected to meet the costs associated with the DBS clearance process.
Occupational Health clearance is required to ensure that you are fit for work.
Please note that the closing date for application forms to the Admissions Department is the end of November.
Interviews will take place in December.
Course fees and finance
The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.
The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.
Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.
Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.