The Professional Midwifery Advocate education programme aims to prepare registered midwives to achieve the standards and competencies required to successfully undertake the role of the Professional Midwifery Advocate (PMA). This will include developing an understanding of the role of the Professional Midwifery Advocate and of the deployment of that role using the A-EQUIP (an acronym for Advocating for Education and Quality Improvement) model.
PMA students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to enable them to provide support to enhance health and wellbeing; develop education and training to progress knowledge and skills; and support quality improvement practices to ensure that women and their families experience safe, enriching care.
This module prepares practitioners to demonstrate understanding of the role of the Professional Midwifery Advocate (PMA), providing support to enhance health and wellbeing; developing education and training to progress knowledge and skills; and leading personal action for quality improvement practices to ensure that women and their families experience safe, enriching care.
Topics covered on the Preparation for Professional Midwifery Advocate programme include:
- The transition from the Supervision of Midwives to the AEQUIP Model
- The role of the Professional Midwifery Advocate (PMA)
- Individual learning styles
- Undertake Restorative Clinical Supervision Sessions (in practice)
- Resilience in practice
- Leadership styles
- Change management in healthcare practice
- Relationship building
- Quality improvement
Teaching and learning
You will receive individual tutorial support throughout the course. While completing this course, you will be required to undertake four restorative clinical supervision sessions with midwives in practice.
The course requires you to spend eight of the ten allocated dates in LJMU.
Alternative qualifications considered
The criteria for admission to the module require that candidates are Registered Midwives who have been selected by their Head of Midwifery to undertake further training. The A-EQUIP model is employer led. Anticipated minimum entry requirements:
- To be a Registered Midwife within the UK
- To hold a BA and/or BSc Midwifery (2.2 or above)
- Where English is not your first language, we would normally require a score of 6.5 in the IELTS system (or equivalent), with scores of greater than 5.5 in each of the domains. This is to ensure that you are able to complete the necessary reading, communication with the programme team and assessments, which must all be completed in English. There may be some exceptions to this requirement if you are from a majority English speaking country or you have completed studies in English language in the UK or another English speaking country, in which case, a recent high school diploma or equivalent course title may be sufficient
- to have a minimum of 2 years post registration experience
How to apply
To apply for this programme, you are required to complete an LJMU CPD application form. You will need to provide details of your qualifications and curent employment.
The programme has two essential elements divided into theory and the practice of restorative clinical supervision. Both theory and practice must be passed to successfully complete the programme. The practice aspect of the programme involves experience in undertaking restorative clinical supervision with practicing midwives.
Completion requires submission of a 4500 word Portfolio that demonstrates critical analysis and reflection of four restorative clinical supervision sessions, and an Action Plan for future personal development as a PMA.
The student is required to undertake four Restorative Clinical Supervision Sessions (in clinical practice), following which they will write a 1000 word critical reflection of their undertaking each session.
On completion of the four Restorative Clinical Supervision Sessions and their accompanying reflections, the student will utilise the remaining 500 words to devise an Action Plan for their pending role as a PMA.
To be included in Portfolio Submission:
- Completion of the A-EQUIP e-learning module - enclose certificate
- Completion of the 2 day accredited Solihull Approach training and enclosed certificate
- Presentation Preparation (i.e. PowerPoint)
- Comments from Peer Review
This Continuing Professional Development programme is stand-alone and is not within a wider award framework.
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes.