University of East London launches high-tech Midwifery Apprenticeship

Midwifery students will get hands-on experience in the university’s high-tech midwifery skills lab.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council have approved a brand new 3-year apprenticeship at the University of East London. The BSc (Hons) Midwifery Apprenticeship launches in September 2023.

Students will be able to access the latest technology including augmented and virtual reality equipment, and lifelike patient simulators. There’s also a mock A&E department, an ambulance, a general ward, an intensive care unit, and a flat designed to imitate an at-home social care environment.

Midwifery apprentices will also get hands-on experience in the midwifery lab with AI mannequins like ‘Lucina’ and ‘Baby Luna’. The mannequins’ human-like vital signs and responses will give apprentices experience with both normal labour and emergency scenarios, and students can learn how to assess and resuscitate newborns with Baby Luna.

Students on the programme will also undergo placements at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT); Barts Health; and Homerton Hospital. 

The programme is designed so that students meet the NMC’s requirements for registration as a midwife. This means that the next generation of midwives will be able to hit the ground running in their future careers. 

Kenye Karemo, Director of Education, Workforce Development and Research for BHRUT, said, “BHRUT is committed to developing the next generation of midwives from the communities we serve and to providing good careers. We are delighted to have played a key role and are excited about the new future this creates for student midwives and their families.” 

Jillian Pride, Lead Midwife for Education at the University of East London, said, “The dynamic Nursing and Midwifery Council-validated midwifery programmes at the University of East London will give opportunities for local people to provide midwifery care for the local population. We are working closely with our partner Trusts to provide excellent midwifery education within our maternity services.”  

To find out more, visit the University of East London website. 

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