Return to Practice Midwifery
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Up to 1 year part-time




CPD/Short courses


Coventry University


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This module aims to enable the practitioner, whose UKCC/NMC registration has lapsed due to a career break, to return to midwifery practice with confidence and competence. The module will take a minimum of 12 weeks and a maximum of 1 calendar year to complete.

Course detail

The module is designed to provide the practitioner with the opportunity to re-discover and develop practice based skills, considering the new developments and influences within the field.

Benefits include:

  • Academic credit for a named award.
  • Opportunity to network with fellow students from a range of disciplines and specialities.
  • Access to experts.
  • Opportunity to build to a full degree.
  • Individuals will be able to challenge current practice and embed evidence based practice into their delivery of care.
  • Individuals gain greater job satisfaction which leads to a deeper commitment to service delivery and patient care.

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Analyse the influence of health and social policy relevant to the practice of midwifery.
  • Understand the concepts of legislation, guidelines, codes and policies relevant to the practice of midwifery.
  • Analyse the current structure and organisation of care.
  • Discuss current issues in the practice of midwifery.
  • Apply appropriate research and relevant literature to inform the practice of midwifery.
  • Effectively identify and assess need in all areas of midwifery practice.
  • Design and implement interventions relevant to the practice of midwifery.
  • Evaluate outcomes practice areas such as the safe delivery of emergency care.
  • Use appropriate communication, teaching and learning skills.
  • Work in a team and participate in a multi-professional approach to the care.
  • Reflect on strengths and weaknesses, acknowledge limitations and recognise the importance of professional competence.
  • Promote and facilitate normal childbirth.

How will this course be taught

Mondays 9am - 4pm

Induction will take place on the first day of each module.

Return to midwifery practice offers a flexible approach to regaining your professional registration. This module will be delivered through a blended approach using a series of lead lectures, tutorials, simulation workshops and e-learning. Where it is appropriate students will share core learning with others who are returning to health care practice or undertaking a pre-registration Midwifery programme.

The length of the programme is very much determined by individual requirements and ability to undertake clinical placement hours. However, it is recommended that you devote at least two shifts per week to clinical practice in order to maintain continuity and facilitate learning within the negotiated area. Once started, you can take up to one academic year (45 weeks) to complete the course.

The course can not be offered without a clinical placement so you need to arrange a clinical placement with a local healthcare provider in order to undertake the practice components of the course, the university will not be able to provide a placement.

We welcome students with disabilities. We recognise that education is a right for all who can benefit from it and that students with disabilities have an equal right of access to higher education. Our staff also recognise that individuals with disabilities are the best source of expertise about themselves and their needs. All students with disabilities should be able to participate as far as is reasonably practical in the educational and social activities we make available. Such students should be encouraged to expect equal treatment as individuals and that they and their work will be considered solely on the basis of their quality. 

For further information please contact the Disabilities Officer on 024 7688 8029 or email

Entry requirements

  • Ability to study at level 6 (degree level)
  • The module is open to midwives, who were previously registered on the UKCC/NMC Professional Register.
  • Satisfactory screening by Enhanced Disclosure of the Criminal Record Bureau.
  • Satisfactory occupational health screening
  • Two satisfactory references
  • The ability to fulfill the attendance requirements of the course
  • Confirmation of clinical placement.


  • Coursework 1: Portfolio 
  • Coursework 2: Professional Discussion 
  • Coursework 3: TRIAD assessment


The module requires a pass in both theory and practice in order to reactivate registration with the NMC.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Upon the successful completion of this module you should possess the qualities and knowledge to return to their practice confident and ready to develop further as a professional within the field. Achievement of the module specific outcomes will enable you to re-register with the NMC. The return to practice programme will help you plan your future learning and develop your career in midwifery.