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Study to assess how midwife education improves quality of care

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A new study is set to assess the contribution of midwife education to improving quality of care.

The University of Nottingham, in collaboration with the Universities of Glamorgan, Kingston/St Georges, Plymouth and Robert Gordon have been awarded the project.

Funded by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the study could have implications for midwifery education.

Goals of the Midwives in Teaching (MINT) research project will be to investigate various models for delivering pre-registration midwifery education.

It will also investigate contributions to practice learning made by midwife teachers, how aspects of the curriculum, teaching and learning support affect quality of care provided by newly qualified midwives.

The project will also assess how midwife teachers improve the quality of care for families.

It will also identify any measures than can be used to identify whether midwife teachers are improving the quality of newly registered midwives.

The study include a UK-wide survey, case study work in six universities, as well as a phase studying a sample of newly qualified midwives during their first six months of practice.

MINT will take 18 months to complete and is expected to produce a report in September 2010.

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