Monthly Archives: September 2014

Masters Show Case Evening


Masters Show Case Evening

The School of Nursing and Midwifery hosted a show case evening on the 9th September 2014. This evening afforded the opportunity for some of the Master’s students coming to the end of their studies to disseminate their work. Invited guest from our local partners in particular NHS Grampian attended; and the 2014 September cohort of the MSc Advanced Nursing practice and the MSc Advanced district Nursing were able to hear about the student experience and visualise the end point.

The masters’ students presentation were well received and covered a range of areas of practice:
• Cardiothoracic nurses’ experiences of work-based learning and the perceived impact on knowledge, skills and clinical practice
• Enhancing the current understanding, knowledge and application of mental health laws of acute general hospital healthcare staff in relation to patients who lack capacity
• Evaluation of the uptake of online mentor support resources

The evening was concluded by looking at the next steps. A PHd student shared part of her work:
• IBriS Study: Intervention supporting Breastfeeding for substance dependent woman.
This was concluded by Dr Karen Strickland, Associate Head of School discussing the process of further dissemination through publication.

If you wish further available about courses offered at the School Of Nursing and Midwifery please visit our web pages:

If you are interested in progressing with Master’s Level education to support you career please contact:

Heather Bain, Senior Lecturer Postgraduate and CPD Education at



Midwifery Education in Libya


The RGU midwifery team are working with the University of Tripoli to develop a Diploma of Higher Education in Midwifery, based on the International Confederation of Midwives Curriculum and Core Competences for Midwives. This eleven month programme of midwifery education will be delivered to 250 midwives and nurses with existing experience in maternity care. This course is validated and accredited by the University of Tripoli.

22 Libyan lecturers have been selected to join the Faculty, who will deliver the course to the students. They are experienced practitioners – 16 obstetricians and 5 midwives.

  • They possess a wide variety of experience providing care to women and families. Mainly in hospital settings, but some of the midwives who work in rural areas have also conducted many home births.
  • The maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality is approximately four times that of the UK
  • Health issues similar to some of those in the UK – obesity, smoking (estimated ~50% of men smoke)
  • Libya has a large geographical region, 7 times the UK
  • Population 10 times less than UK
  • 90% of the population live in 10% of the land mass around the coastal area
  • Remote areas have difficulty accessing care, travelling over 200km for care along poor roads
  • Per head of population allocated health care spend is 10 times less than UK

There is an urgent need to upskill and improve the knowledge base of Libyan midwives, which will improve the health and wellbeing of the Libyans whilst also helping the country’s health sector improve retention of its own midwives.

A delegation of Libyan midwives and obstetricians came to RGU to learn new methods of teaching which they found invaluable as reflected in the feedback below –

“This course is extremely valuable and has an excellent balance of practical and theory sessions which show the most effective ways to teach modern midwifery.

My colleagues and I will use all of the knowledge and experience we’ve gained during our visit to help improve healthcare in Libya, especially Midwifery.”

The development and delivery of the course in Libya is aimed to be completed with in 18 months.

For further information please contact:

Jayne Forrest

Tracy Humphrey

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