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Professional course

Preparation of Supervisors of Midwives

Level 3 and Masters level module

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Nursing and Midwifery

Page last updated 4 October 2016


The Preparation of Supervisors of Midwives, level 3 or Masters (UZUSKV45M) level module, will be a mixture of key-note lectures by the module team and guest speakers.

You will be supported through guided reading and self-directed tutorials delivered through Blackboard in the form of podcasts, videos and other interactive material.

In addition to the taught material it is essential that you read around the topic of supervision to further your understanding of the role of the supervisor.



Theory roles and responsibilities

  • The purpose of statutory supervision
  • Current influences on statutory supervision
  • Changing focus on supervision
  • Legislative framework relating to role, structure and function
  • Accountability and leadership in the profession

Statutory supervision in action

  • Identifying midwives' developmental needs
  • Providing professional leadership, support and guidance to midwives: supporting clinical governance and risk management/litigation, improving working lives, equality and diversity

Working in partnership with women

  • Clinical judgement and decision making
  • Supervision processes to enhance women's choices for pregnancy and childbirth
  • Development of professional judgement
  • Mentorship and support mechanisms
  • Supporting midwives in advising women making choices in regard to their maternity care
  • Creating opportunities for women to actively engage and influence the maternity services


  • Fitness to practice and professional suitability
  • Identifying alleged misconduct
  • Conducting investigations of serious incidents (misconduct): possible actions, reporting cases to the LSA, consequences, role of the NMC, engaging in strategic and operational leadership activities

Learning and Teaching

You will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the strategy behind the development of national and local policies, guidelines and audit that underpin the provision of maternity services
  • Develop a critical insight into the statutory framework and have the ability to interpret and apply the statutory regulations regarding midwifery supervision
  • Justify through management and leadership the role of the supervisor of midwives in contemporary practice within the maternity services
  • Appraise the role of supervision in protecting and safeguarding the public including identification of poor practice
  • Critically evaluate how complex ethical situations can impact on the role of the midwifery supervisor
  • Investigate, prevent and address poor practice by utilising decision making skills and clinical judgement
  • Identify opportunities to positively influence self, team and organisational change in aiding the development of a responsive user-led service
  • Demonstrate proficiency in report writing and presentation skills

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

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Funding may be available to support your learning. Please contact your Trust Education Lead. If you work in the Private, Independent and Voluntary Sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.


Please see our timetable for full date information. 

How to apply

How to apply

You will apply online for your CPD modules, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate (level 3) or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

Our how to apply page can assist you with further information prior to submitting your online application. 

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