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Professional & Legal Frameworks Regulating Midwifery Practice - HEA00026I

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Ms. Helen Recchia
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
C Summer Term 2017-18

Module aims

To enable the student to identify and apply the appropriate professional and legal frameworks that regulate and inform accountable midwifery practice.

Module learning outcomes

This module will enable the student to:

  1. Revisit and examine the role and function of the Nursing and Midwifery Council in relation to the regulation of the midwifery profession.
  2. Identify and apply the current statutes and associated statutory instruments which govern and inform midwifery practice.
  3. Analyse professional and legal accountability in interdisciplinary provision of care and consider the English legal processes by which accountability is tested.
  4. Explore the concept of human rights in relation to the planning and delivery of contemporary midwifery care.
  5. Discuss the role and function of the Supervisor of Midwives, identifying the professional and legal frameworks that underpin this role.
  6. Identify ethical principles and discuss their application to midwifery practice.


Task Length % of module mark
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
0.25 hours 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
0.25 hours 100

Module feedback

Written feedback for summative assessment is provided on the standard proforma, within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.

Indicative reading

  • Dimond, B. (2006). The legal aspects of midwifery. 3rd edn. London: Hochland and Hochland.
  • Jenkins, R. and Jones, S.R. (2004). The law and the midwife. 2nd edn. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Department of Health (2004). National service framework for children, young people and maternity services. London.
  • Frith, L. (2004). Ethics and midwifery: issues in contemporary practice. London: Books for Midwives.
  • Kirkham, M. (Ed.). (2000). Developments in the supervision of midwives. Manchester: Books for Midwives.
  • Opoku, D. (2003). The history and regulation of midwifery. In D. Fraser, and M. Cooper, (Eds.). Myles' textbook for midwives. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Thompson, J.B. (2004). A human rights framework for midwifery care. Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, 49(3), 175-181.
  • Wilson, J. and Symon, A. (2002). Clinical risk management in midwifery. The right to a perfect baby. Oxford: Books for Midwives.

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