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MyKnowledgeMap® User Engagement Event, Friday, 18th of September

Following a successful capital bid in July 2015, the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Robert Gordon is fortunate enough to be currently developing with MyKnowledgeMap®, ECATs (Electronic Clinical Assessment Tools). All the pre-registration midwifery and post-registration competency based courses will be introduced to the ECATs by September, 2016.   Currently, the school is digitalising our recently validated pre-registration nursing Scottish Ongoing Achievement Record (S-OAR) (NMC 2008) and a MyKnowledgeMap® User Engagement Event was held on the 18th of September, as part of this developmental work.  Highlights of the day included; Sian Shaw from Anglia Ruskin shared lessons learned from her innovative development work using ECATs within nursing and midwifery; Dr Karen Strickland shared guidelines for evidence-based practice from her recent literature review; and Steve Sidaway from MyKnowledgeMap® demonstrated the capacity and potential of using electronic assessment tools.

Success of this project will indicate the school will hopefully become a paper-free assessment environment (clinical and written) by Sept 2016.  ECATs have the potential to benefit students by improving the timeliness, accessibility, consistency and quality of feedback from clinical placements (NMC 2008). Although ECATs  provides innovative, technologically enhanced, learning environments and experiences supported by skilled teams of learning technologists, academics, practice educators and clinical practitioners, it can also quickly help identify and proactively support students who are struggling in clinical placements.

However, the real challenge for the School of Nursing and Midwifery will be working alongside our partners in practice with the diversity of digital literacy of both students and registered nurses and midwives in practice. Many mentors who support our students report already feeling challenged by the speed and increased use of technology in assessing student clinical competency and this event explored how the School of Nursing and Midwifery can address this.

Please see attached videos for an overview of the event.

Steve Sidaway, Business Development Manager, My Knowledge Map.

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Siân Shaw, Senior Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University

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Dr Karen Strickland, Associate Head of School, Robert Gordon University

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Dr Fiona Work and Alison Brown, Senior Lecturers, Robert Gordon University

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Joel Smith, Senior Product Consultant, My Knowledge Map

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Any enquiries about this project, please contact:
Dr Fiona Work f.work@rgu.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer eLearning and Innovation


RGU Return to Midwifery practice- now accepting applications for February 2015.

The School of Nursing and Midwifery at Robert Gordon University is currently the only provider of a Return to Midwifery practice course in Scotland was accredited by the NMC in 2012. The module is designed to prepare midwives who have had a break in practice to return to the Nursing and Midwifery Council register.

The module is credit rated at 15 SCQF points at level 9 which means that the online theory element should be completed with a minimum of 150 hours of student study which includes directed reading, formative online activities and self-directed learning.

The practice based element of the module requires the completion of 450 hours of clinical practice over a 12 week period in order to comply with the NMC requirements for post−registration education and practice (PREP).

Learning in practice within this module is undertaken within the student’s local clinical area. This is self -arranged with the area before commencing the module and students will receive support from an allocated supervisor of midwives and a named clinical mentor who will be the sign-off mentor for all areas of practice.

On successful completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Discuss current health and social care policies relevant to midwifery practice, demonstrating an understanding of current organisation of care locally and nationally.
  2. Evaluate the legal and ethical basis of midwifery practice.
  3. Analyse personal effectiveness within the multidisciplinary team, evaluating the impact of professional development and competence affecting maternity care.
  4. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of current issues, including teaching and learning, within midwifery practice.
  5. Demonstrate achievement of clinical skills and competencies required for return to midwifery practice.

The course takes approximately 6-9 months to complete and will facilitate re-entry onto the NMC register. Applications should be received by 5th January 2015 for the start date in 2nd Feb 2015.

For more information on how to apply, visit http://www.rgu.ac.uk/health-professions/study-options/professional-development/midwifery/return-to-midwifery-practice

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   l.forrest2@rgu.ac.uk

Tracy Humphrey t.humphrey1@rgu.ac.uk

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