The Midwifery Department and its partner trusts have regularly been praised for the level of support offered. We offer a range of support to cover all aspects of your course.
Pastoral support can be sought from a number of sources. All students, for example, are allocated a personal tutor during the first week of the course, who will meet with the student on a regular basis both in the clinical area and at the University.
The tutor will also monitor the student's progress both academically and clinically, and also their attendance.
In addition, the Student Services Ask desk based at the City South Campus are there to offer guidance on where to seek funding for example, as well as offering a counselling service.
Within each clinical area there are groups of mentors who take on the role of teaching and assessing students in practice. They liaise regularly with the University and attend annual mentorship training. The mentors are allocated by the student coordinators based in each area.
The staff based within the University are responsible for training the mentors and ensuring that students are allocated to the most appropriate placement for them to achieve the required elements of the course. The placement tutor also communicates regularly with the Practice Placement Managers (employed by the Trusts), who are on site if any issues with mentorship or placements arise. Clinical Support Tutors are also available.
Each placement area also has an identified link tutor who visits the placement throughout the year and undertakes educational audits, in addition to working through any problems that may arise. We offer extensive help and support for clinical placements.
Every module students undertake is coordinated by a module lead. This tutor is there to provide academic support for the assignment attached to the module. They are the best person to approach if students are struggling with the assignment.
However, if guidance is needed regarding actual academic writing skills or numeracy for example, then we offer support through the Personal Development Department, based on the second level of the Seacole building.
The year tutor and cohort leader alongside the programme directors are also there to provide personal support and guidance, and have a wealth of experience in dealing with issues that may arise that are specific to each year of the programme.
If a student has a known disability or needs extra support for dyslexia, the Disability Tutor has specialist knowledge of the additional support that individuals may need. He meets with the students and develops action plans to help them both in the University and in the clinical area.
The programme director has overall responsibility for the coordination of the Midwifery programmes and is also there to provide guidance regarding where to go for financial or personal problems a student may experience.
The Lead Midwife for Education and the Head of Department
Finally, the Lead Midwife for Education and Head of Department are in fact the same person, but the two roles are very different. The Head of Department coordinates the Department of Midwifery staff and ensures that it meets the academic Quality standards required for Higher Education.