2024/25 entry

CPD Complex High Dependency Maternity Care

Level 7 (postgraduate), 20 credits

Start dates
May, October, January
Course length
8 weeks PartTime
City campus

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Course aim

This programme offers midwives an opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and management ability in terms of critical high dependency departments.

Course content

The students will be supported throughout the programme by the programme lead. The students will be working in practice and therefore will be part time. They will have access to all areas of the university as per full time students. The students will have access to online material to support their learning.

The syllabus will cover the following areas:

  • Management of the critically ill woman
  • Massive obstetric haemorrhage
  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Respiratory issues
  • Neurological and hypertensive disease
  • Hepatic and renal disease
  • Diabetes
  • Sepsis
  • Obesity and skin integrity
  • Rehabilitation and after care
  • Patient experience

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered over 29 weeks, consisting of a taught theory element, non-taught study days and a practice element. Total learning hours are 200, and include activities of lectures, workshops, practical exercises, discussion groups, case studies and scenarios. This also includes a minimum of 22.5 hours on a practice placement.

Study days are detailed as per the programme timetable, consisting of 7 taught theory sessions and 2 non-taught study days. The practice element should be arranged in the local trust, through the PEF and Student Link/s for HDU/ITU.

Entry requirements

  • You must be a Registered Midwife with the NMC, and working in the clinical area to be considered for this course.

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.


4500 Word Essay – Critical review of an aspect of high dependency maternity care. Completion of practice placement and practice document.

CPD award

This CPD 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.