Professional/Short course Managing Maternal Critical Care

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Health and Social Wellbeing
Two semesters
Course Director
Gillian Ottley

20 credit level 6 or level 7 module

Page last updated 12 October 2023


You may be able to study these modules at Level 6 (BSc level) or Level 7 (Masters level) depending on your academic circumstances. Please contact the CPD Team or the Module Leader for advice if you are unsure which level would be best for you.

On successful completion of the Managing Maternal Critical Care level 6 (UZURXY-20-3) module, you will be able to:

  • Contribute to the planning, delivery and evaluation of maternal critical care.
  • Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the application of human factors to the clinical decision making process within the multi-disciplinary team, with an emphasis on the role of the midwife within it.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills required to care for women needing critical care in all settings.
  • Critically discuss legal, ethical, social and cultural issues and their impact on maternal critical care, enabling provision of holistic care to women and their families.
  • Demonstrate self-direction and decision-making within the multidisciplinary team.

Level 7 (UZURY3-20-M) module:

  • Critically understand and discuss the need for, planning, implementing and evaluating maternal critical care.
  • Critically apply human factors to the clinical decision making process.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills required to care for women needing high dependency care in the labour ward setting.
  • Critically analyse the function and work of the multi-disciplinary team and demonstrate midwifery leadership within it.
  • Critically evaluate legal, ethical, social and cultural issues and their impact on maternal critical care.
  • Demonstrate self-direction clinical leadership in decision-making during complex and unpredictable situations.

Entry requirements

The module will be relevant for midwives working with women and their families who wish to advance their skills and knowledge in maternal critical care.

Careers / Further study

The Level 6 module can contribute towards:

  • BSc(Hons) Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • BSc(Hons) Health and Social Care
  • MSc Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • Professional Development Award

The level 7 module can contribute towards:

  • MSc Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
  • MSc Advanced Practice
  • Professional Development Awards



This course syllabus typically covers the following:

Professional and ethical practice

  • Managing and prioritising maternal critical care
  • The law and ethics in complex maternal critical care situations

Anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology

  • Identifying occult signs in maternal critical care and obstetric emergencies
  • High dependency maternal care
  • Identifying rapidly changing clinical conditions

Key transferable and clinical skills

  • Clinical reasoning
  • Human factors and their impact in clinical decision making
  • Advanced clinical skills required for high dependency maternal care
  • Critical thinking and problem solving

Leadership and management

  • Management of self and others (leadership, emotional intelligence and resilience).

Learning and Teaching

Learning and teaching methods utilised within this module are student-centred and will typically include lectures, seminars, workshops and masterclasses, presentations, Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL), group work and formative peer and self-assessment.

Study time

Total contact time is 48 hours and this includes lectures, seminars, simulation and workshops.


Oral examination - 20 minutes.


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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.


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Extra information

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