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High Dependency Midwifery Care

Key information

Course Leader: Debbie Sharp

Level: 7

Credits: 30

Mode of delivery: Blended learning

Learner Hours: Scheduled Hours - 50, Independent Hours - 250

School: Health & Social Work

Available places: 25


  • 04/09/2023

Fees and Funding


The price quoted above is per 30 credits and relates to students assessed as UK/home self-funded for fee purposes. Fees status will normally stay with the student for the remainder of their course. Here you can find further details along with, costs and when your fees need to be paid. You may be able to obtain a Post Graduate student loan, for which you must sign up for the whole MSc programme and not just individual modules or a Post Graduate Diploma, further details can be found at Master’s Loan

Entry Requirements

Registered Midwife, working in or with access to an intensive care unit or high dependency midwifery work environment. 

This is a 30 credit module that incorporates a practice placement. 

Please note: You will be required to supply written evidence with your application form, of a clinical placement in either a High Dependency Unit (HDU) or Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for a minimum of 35 hours over a 1 or 2 week period to be undertaken whilst studying the module. 


Course Overview

Course aims  

This is a 30-credit module that incorporates a high dependency midwifery care placement.   .  

This module affords midwives the opportunity to address the recommendations of MBRRACE through the study of high risk/high dependency care of childbearing women. This will be undertaken through lectures as well as in the clinical Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU) or high dependency placement. To be arranged by the student.


Topics covered may include

- the pathophysiology of high risk/dependency childbirth 

- the evidence base for high risk/dependency care 

- the impact of psychosocial risk factors on high risk/dependency childbirth 

- the high dependency environment to include care pathways/bundles, infection control and health and safety 

- the role of the midwife in high risk/high dependency care and emergency resuscitative procedures 

- Practical skills / competencies required of the midwife in the high risk setting

Learning outcomes

Learning Outcomes 

1. Critically analyse the pathophysiology of childbirth in relation to a number of high risk conditions. 

2. Critically evaluate the evidence base for high risk/dependency care of the childbearing woman including medicines management. 

3. Analyse and synthesise complex problems and apply appropriate knowledge and skills to their solution in relation to psychosocial risk factors for childbirth. 

4. Critically evaluate the high dependency environment in relation to the care of the childbearing woman, to include care pathways/bundles, infection control and health and safety. 

5. Evaluate the emotional factors and feelings women may experience when being classified as High Risk.

6. Evaluate the role of the midwife in high risk/dependency care to include working within a multidisciplinary team and referring appropriately. 


Skills and Attributes 

Successful students will typically... 

1. Work effectively with a group as lead or member and can clarify tasks making appropriate use of group members in emergency resuscitative situations. 

2. Evaluate critically evidence-based decision making for care in a high risk environment. 

3. Synthesise information competently with minimum guidance in relation to diagnostic and screening results, taking account of national and local policies. 

4. Communicate complex or contentious information clearly and effectively to support the woman and her family in high risk/dependency care. 


What our students say....

"Excellent external speakers"

"Excellent course"

"Module was very interesting and covered all subjects as expected"




Two summative assessments, both need to be passed 

1.) A written element 100% 

2.) Reflective logbook pass of fail