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Maternity Leadership

CPD and short courses (short course)

Distance learning

12 weeks

Module level: 7

Module credits: 30 credits


This distance learning course is aimed at registered midwives working in clinical leadership roles in intrapartum areas, such as as Labour Ward or MLBU Coordinators.

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Through distance learning and taught by a variety of experts in healthcare leadership, you'll develop your knowledge and skills in leadership, and become empowered to inspire, motivate and encourage their teams to deliver care that is safe and personalised.

By advancing your reflective practice, you'll develop your roles as advocate, role model and leader, while keeping service users at the forefront of your care.

This course may also be suited to those aspiring to become intrapartum area leads but are currently in development posts, or who are currently ward managers of other maternity services.

Numerous reports into maternity services have highlighted the need for improved multi-disciplinary team (MDT) collaborative working and training, strengthened leadership and an improved workplace culture. This is particularly important in the intrapartum areas, where balancing workloads and cohesive MDT relations are crucial for delivering safer care and fostering effective teamwork.

As a senior midwife working in the UK, this course will empower you to become an excellent intrapartum area leader and get the absolute best from your teams by expanding your knowledge of compassionate leadership, developing a supportive workplace culture and role modelling professional behaviours that are consistent with positive team working.

By putting service users at the forefront of care, you’ll develop your understanding of effective engagement with service users, carers and families and explore how you can use this to ensure care is both personalised and safe.

Taught via distance learning you’ll enjoy highly interactive and engaging teaching, supported by experts along the way. You'll study through Canvas, our world-class online Learning Management System (LMS), which can be accessed from your phone, PC or tablet at home or on the move.

You’ll also participate in live lectures and group work delivered remotely via MS Teams. Canvas provides instant access to study materials, forums, and support from both your tutors and classmates.

The module assessment is a recorded narrated presentation, equivalent to 4,800 words, and is marked against our Level 7 marking criteria.

Who should attend?

This module focuses on developing labour ward/MLBU co-ordinators but may also be appropriate for any experienced senior midwife aspiring to become a labour ward lead currently in secondments, or those who lead the multidisciplinary team for the duration of a shift in another area.


Please note: dates may be subject to change.

Induction is on Thursday 21 March 2024.

Teaching is scheduled on Wednesdays for 12 weeks, from 8 May 2024 to July 2024.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care at ARU is primed to meet the demand for healthcare professionals, doctors, scientists and social workers in the East of England.

We've been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.

We know that our students want the very best experiential learning, and we've invested heavily in purpose-built simulated wards, science labs and skills spaces, to support your learning every step of the way.

Where can I study?

Distance learning at ARU
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Study at a time that suits you, using our online learning management system.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

30 credits (Level 7) for courses starting in 2023/24 - distance learning


Funding for CPD

Please ask your manager or Education Lead about available funding before you apply.

Contact details

Module Leader – Claire Parker-Farthing
[email protected]

CPD Admissions team
[email protected]

Entry requirements

You must be a qualified midwife registered with the NMC, and currently co-ordinate an intrapartum area, or aspire to become a coordinator. Maternity managers in ward areas or site manager posts may also be suitable to apply, and are encouraged to enquire further.
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