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Developing clinical competency : Experiences and perceptions of advanced midwifery practitioners in training

Gaskell, LE and Beaton, SC 2015, 'Developing clinical competency : Experiences and perceptions of advanced midwifery practitioners in training' , Nurse Education in Practice . (In Press)

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This paper will describe the experiences and perception of a cohort of trainee Advanced Midwifery Practitioners (AMP's) during their training on an MSc in Advanced Practice. The educational philosophy underpinning the master's programme is interprofessional learning linked closely to work based learning and assessment. The focus group explored how the AMP's were developing core competencies within four domains: * 1. Clinical/direct patient care or practice; * 2. Leadership and collaborative practice; * 3. Improving the quality and developing service practice; * 4. Development of competency in self and others. The links between the university and clinical assessments were instrumental in developing both midwifery and specialised skills required for extending their scope of practice. The changing demographics of their client group facilitated the need to provide safe assessment and management of ladies with complex health and social needs in pregnancy and childbirth; provide specialised clinics and the development of a robust staff training and assessment process. The generic competencies they gained improved collaborative working with their medical colleagues, raising the trainees profile and acceptance of their extended role. In addition to this, development of specialised midwifery skills promoted a high degree of decision making responsibilities within midwifery to facilitate service development and promote evidence based care.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Health Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Nurse Education in Practice
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: LE Gaskell
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2015 11:47
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:55

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