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:
Revisit and examine the role and function of the Nursing and Midwifery Council in relation to the regulation of the midwifery profession.
Identify and apply the current statutes and associated statutory instruments which govern and inform midwifery practice.
Analyse professional and legal accountability in interdisciplinary provision of care and consider the English legal processes by which accountability is tested.
Explore the concept of human rights in relation to the planning and delivery of contemporary midwifery care.
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.
Identify ethical principles and discuss their application to midwifery practice.
Special assessment rules
Written feedback for summative assessment is provided on the standard proforma, within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.
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.