The Student MidwifeCare Survey: using service users views and preferences to inform the development of practice learning models in midwifery.

Rosalind Haddrill, Vikki Smith

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The Student Midwife Care Survey was developed as part of the Midwifery Expansion Project in
the North-East and North Cumbria, funded by Health Education England. The development
of sustainable practice learning models, which increase capacity for student midwives, is essential to meet future workforce requirements. Establishing learning opportunities which reflect the Maternity Transformation Programme, support continuity and prepare student midwives to provide effective, personalised, care once qualified, is also vital.
This collaborative research acknowledges
the importance of service user voices, both
in research design and the development of midwifery education. The study aims to establish women’s preferences around student midwives’ contribution to their maternity care. The findings will be used to inform the development of future models of practice learning, with a particular focus on continuity of carer.
The study utilised an online survey method, via JISC online surveys, with 16 questions developed collaboratively using yes/no or Likert scale
answers and opportunities for free text comments. Questions focused on women’s experiences
and their views about student involvement in all aspects of midwifery care. The study received approval from the university’s ethics committee and was undertaken over a four-week period from December 2021 to January 2022. The survey was distributed to a wide range of maternity and parenting groups in the region via social media.
A total of 134 responses were received; the majority had experienced care from a student midwife. Preliminary analysis shows an overwhelmingly positive response to student midwife care, acknowledging the strength of relationships and the shared learning between women and midwifery students. Almost all respondents suggested that they would like the opportunity to get to know and receive care
from the same student midwife during their pregnancy journey. The survey demonstrates the value of seeking service user views to inform the development of women-centred practice learning models in midwifery.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022
EventRCM Education and Research Conference -
Duration: 23 Mar 202224 Mar 2022


ConferenceRCM Education and Research Conference
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