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A-EQUIP: Advocating for Education and Quality Improvement in Practice - 20 Credits - Level 7 - Module

The A-EQUIP Model of Supervision meets the needs of midwives and other healthcare professionals. BCUs multi professional learning mirrors the clinical environment. The module can be studied independently or aligned with the Masters Professional Practice Programme at BCU and is designed to be flexible and practice-led.

Studying with us in 2021/22

It is possible that the 2021/22 academic year may be affected by the ongoing disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Information about the arrangements the University has put in place for the 2021/22 academic year in response to Covid-19 and the emerging variants can be found here.


Should the impact of Covid-19 continue in subsequent years of your course, any additional and/or alternative arrangements put in place by the University in response will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

  • Level CPD
  • Study mode Part Time
  • Location City South
  • Award Module
  • Start date September 2021, November 2021, March 2022
  • Fees View course fees
  • School School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

Overview

The A-EQUIP Model of Supervision meets the needs of midwives and other healthcare professionals. BCUs multi professional learning mirrors the clinical environment. The module can be studied independently or aligned with the Masters Professional Practice Programme at BCU and is designed to be flexible and practice-led.

This course is open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

Although originating as a new model for midwifery supervision, the principles and philosophy of the A-EQUIP Model of Supervision is equally applicable to other healthcare professionals. The model supports a continuous improvement process within healthcare professions that builds your personal and professional resilience, enhances quality of care and supports your preparedness for  appraisal and professional re-validation. 

Why Choose Us?

The model of A-EQUIP is a four functioning model with service users at the centre. 

  • Monitoring, evaluation and quality control
  • Clinical supervision (restorative)
  • Personal action for quality improvement
  • Education and development (formative)

Fees & How to Apply

  • International students

Award: Module

Starting: Sep 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • 6 months
  • £720 per 20 credit module

Award: Module

Starting: Nov 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • 6 months
  • £720 per 20 credit module

Award: Module

Starting: Mar 2022

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • 6 months
  • £720 per 20 credit module

Award: Module

Starting: Sep 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • 6 months
  • £720 per 20 credit module

Award: Module

Starting: Mar 2022

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • 6 months
  • £720 per 20 credit module

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

How to apply

Complete the online application form via the link above, including the name of the module you are enrolling onto. 

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for Registered Heath Care professionals e.g. midwives, nurses, paramedics, speech and language therapists, radiographers, physiotherapists, doctors (not exhaustive).

Course in Depth

Course Structure

You will have the opportunity to develop skills of enquiry, reflection and problem solving. A blended learning approach is taken (incorporating both classroom and online activities via Moodle) in line with the university’s learning and teaching strategy. You will be encouraged to think critically and share practice experiences with your fellow students, as well as engaging in both directed and self-directed learning activities.

You will be an active partner in your own learning and development and in return you will receive regular feedback and feed-forward aimed at developing your academic skills, and have the opportunity to discuss your progress with the module team and clinical mentor. This will include developing an understanding of the role of the Professional Advocate and of the deployment of that role using the A-EQUIP model. Students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to enable them to provide support to enhance health and well being; develop education and training to progress knowledge and skills; and support quality improvement practices to ensure that clients and their families experience safe, enriching care.

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Facilities and Staff

 

Our Facilities

Our School of Nursing and Midwifery is based at our City South campus in leafy Edgbaston.

We’ve spent £41million expanding our facilities at City South. These facilities offer hands-on practical experience, replicating the spaces you will come across in professional practice.

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that you learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. Alongside physical spaces such as a mock operating theatre and wards, we also make use of online and virtual technology, such as our virtual ward and virtual case creator.

See more of our skills facilities at City South

Centre for Skills and Simulation

The Centre for Skills and Simulation offers a range of different spaces which replicate situations that you will encounter in practice. These include hospital wards, an operating theatre and a home environment room.

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. The hospital wards can be adapted from low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

The home environment room is the perfect space for teaching communications skills and allows us to simulate a community setting for our students. It is particularly useful for mental health nurses, learning disability nurses and midwives.

Simulation Manikins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and simulation babies (SIM babies) which are anatomically correct manikins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills. The manikins contain software which replicates real symptoms, and can manipulate indicators such as blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM man can even ‘talk’ to the students as they are treating him, to add another dimension to learning.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building has two open-access IT Suites which offer PCs, printers, photocopiers and scanners. There is also an IT Helpdesk for quick and easy help with your computing or internet issues.

Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

In addition to desktop PCs, we also offer a laptop loan facility, allowing students to borrow a laptop for up to six hours while on campus.

Our staff

Louise Hartin

Senior Lecturer in Midwifery / Course Leader for A-EQUIP module

Louise joined the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Birmingham City University in 2014 and is one of our senior midwife lecturers.

More about Louise

Paola Armato-Harris

Lecturer in Midwifery / Lead PMA

After completing her degree at the University of Wolverhampton in early 2013, Paola worked as a full time midwife at her hospital of training- Dudley Group Foundation NHS Trust, gaining valuable experience in all areas of maternity care settings.  With her passion for teaching clearly evident early in her career, assisted with the completion of the SLAiP mentorship programme, Paola was appointed as Clinical Lead for the Band 5 Preceptorship programme at the Trust, leading a team of preceptors in the support, training and assessment of Band 5 midwives, to ensure the successful completion of set clinical skills and knowledge competencies and contributing to the development of assessment criteria.

More about Paola

Enquiries

Module Leader

If you have any queries about this course please contact us on:

Professional Navigator

Our Professional Navigator, Nicola Clarke, are also on hand to offer guidance and will help you to choose which modules are best for you, taking into account your aims, professional or clinical experience, KSF requirements and your academic achievements.

Call Nicola on +44 (0)121 331 6162.