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What impact does postregistration education have upon midwifery practice?

Webster-Benwell, Frances (2014) What impact does postregistration education have upon midwifery practice? The practising midwife, 17 (8). pp. 15-18. ISSN 1461-3123.

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Abstract

National guidelines require midwives to undertake effective postregistration education which is relevant to practice. However, there is minimal research investigating the impact of education on practice, most of which originates from nursing and allied professions. A small-scale phenomenological pilot study, involving
four experienced midwives, was undertaken to explore their experiences and opinions regarding the impact of midwifery post-registration educational courses upon practice.

The research highlighted two key areas: practical engagement in continuing professional development (CPD) and midwives’ reasons for their educational choices. The midwives valued the practical relevance and applicability of CPD to practice and the use of interprofessional learning in narrowing the theory-practice gap; educational choices were affected by accessibility, flexibility, mandatory attendance, cost and conflict with
employers’ objectives. The study suggests further research into the impact of CPD upon midwifery practice and what factors would better engage and motivate midwives to undertake more clinically effective post-registration education.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WQ Obstetrics. Midwifery
WY Nursing
Divisions: Clinical Support
Depositing User: Sophie Rollason
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2014 08:44
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2014 08:44
URI: http://www.repository.heartofengland.nhs.uk/id/eprint/769

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