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Professional course

Complex Pregnancy, Assessment of Risk and Care Planning

20 credit, level 3 or Masters level module

About this course

Course code:
UZURXV203
Applications:
University
Level:
Professional/Short Course
Department:
Nursing and Midwifery
Campus:
Glenside

Page last updated 19 September 2017

Introduction

On successful completion of the Complex Pregnancy, Assessment of Risk and Care Planning level 3 (UZURXV-20-3) or Masters level Masters level (UZURXU-20-M) module you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse the challenges of providing effective and safe care for women with complex social, medical and pregnancy related co-morbidities.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate co-management of complex pregnancies within multi-professional, multi-agency working.
  • Demonstrate evaluation of applied risk and appraise impact on complex pregnancy care planning.
  • Critically evaluate approaches to communicating risk and complexity in pregnancy with women and their families, to enhance inclusive care planning and self-management.
  • Critically analyse the impact of complex pregnancy for women and their families and for public health.
  • Critically appraise and evaluate delivery of care within complex pregnancy and develop proposals for service development, partnership working and service improvement in practice. 

Entry requirements

Registered midwife.

Careers / Further study

This module can contribute towards:

  • BSc (Hons) Specialist Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Professional Studies
  • BSc (Hons) Professional Development 
  • MSc Specialist Practice
  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • MSc Professional Development

Structure

Content

Risk assessment in complex pregnancy

  • Risk perception (statistical & psychological)
  • Understanding, evaluating and explaining risk

Recognition of complexity and complex needs

  • Identifying the impact of complex pregnancies, including multifactorial risk factors; medical, social and psychological co-morbidities.
  •  Postnatal-Prenatal counselling

Strategic workforce challenges

  • National perspective of maternity care
  • Acuity and dependency in maternity

Role of specialist midwife and advanced practitioner

  • Teenage pregnancy, diabetic specialist, fetal medicine specialists, cardiac specialist, haematology, drug & alcohol dependency
  • Maternity matron (CDS / community / MLU), Head of Midwifery, midwifery consultant

Integrated working and referral pathways for social and medical complications

  • Antenatal & fetal medicine assessment units
  • Vulnerable women's groups and other specialist clinics

Neonatal care-pathways and service delivery

  • Care in pregnancies where the predominant element of risk is fetal / neonatal

Key transferable and clinical skills

  • Clinical reasoning, decision making and human factors

Leadership, management and coordination

  • Coordinating multi-disciplinary teams and multi-agency working
  •  Reflection and reflexion on practice in high-risk maternity environments and service users with complex needs

Professional and ethical practice

  •  Coordinating and prioritising complex pregnancy care
  • Law and ethics in complex pregnancy

Learning and Teaching

Learning and teaching methods utilised within this module are learner centred. This holistic approach presents you with challenging practice scenarios, to negotiate and resolve, directly supporting you to acquire the complex knowledge, skills and values necessary to appropriately assess risk and effectively engage in care planning within complex pregnancies.

You will be able to appraise and apply theory to practice, develop acute clinical reasoning skills as well as assimilate the knowledge and skills necessary for summative assessment activities.

Teaching will be shared amongst inter-agency specialists, field specific clinical specialists and expert guest speakers.

Scheduled learning

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops and master classes
  • Learner presentations
  • TEL activities
  • Group work (on-line & face to face)
  • Formative peer and self-assessment

Independent learning

  • Action learning sets (practice based reflective & reflexive discussion)
  • Directed reading
  • Locating and appraising research information
  • TEL activities including E-learning (Discussion forums facilitated by VLE and e-portfolio)
  • Preparation for formative and summative assessment

Study time

48 hours.

Contact time includes; lectures, seminars, simulation and workshops.

Assessment

Level 3

Formative Assessment

You will have varied opportunities to test your learning and understanding within group discussions and activities (on-line and face to face), reflections on practice, and feedback from peer learners and tutors.

Summative Assessment

  • Case-study presentation
  • 2,500 word written assignment

Masters Level

Formative Assessment

You will have varied opportunities to test your learning and understanding within group discussions and activities (on-line and face to face), reflections on practice, and feedback from peers and tutors.

Summative Assessment

  • Presentation, critical discussion, including a proposal for service development
  • 3,000 word written assignment

Both parts of the assessment at both levels will enable you to demonstrate critical analysis and evaluation of risk within complex pregnancies, complex optimise care planning, and develop innovative proposals for service improvement.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Please visit full fee information to see the price brackets for our modules.

Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts.  Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding.  Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.

Dates

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 or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

Please note: Priority will be given to applications received through our funded educational contracts.  Places on this module will be limited for applications received outside of this funding.  Please check with your employer as a funded contract place may still be available to support your learning.

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

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