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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: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
C Summer Term 2019-20
C1 Summer Term 2019-20 to Summer Vacation 2019-20

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 previous and current roles which are in place to support midwives with professional issues (such as the Professional Midwifery Advocate), identifying how these roles can support midwives in practice.
  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. (2013). The legal aspects of midwifery. 4th edn. London: Quay Books.

Foster, I. and Lasser, J. (2011) Professional Ethics in Midwifery Practice. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

Gallagher, A. Hodge, S. (2012) Ethics, law and professional issues: a practice-based approach for health professionals. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Griffith, R. Tengnah, C. Patel, C. (2014) Law and Professional Issues in Nursing. 3rd edn. London: SAGE Publications.

Griffith, R. Tengnah, C. Patel, C. (2010) Law and Professional Issues in Midwifery. Exeter: Learning Matters.

Jenkins, R. and Jones, S. (2004). The law and the midwife. 2nd edn. Oxford: Blackwell.

Powell, C. (2016) Safeguarding and child protection for nurses, midwives and health visitors: a practical guide. 2nd edn. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Schiller, R. (2016). Why human rights in childbirth matter. London: Pinter & Martin Ltd.

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