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Maternity Co-ordinator's Programme (Master's Level 7) University Certificate in Postgraduate Professional Development

This award focuses on developing labour ward co-ordinators, but is also appropriate for any midwife aspiring to lead the multidisciplinary team for the duration of a shift. For example, ante/post-natal ward co-ordinators, and community or pregnancy assessment co-ordinators.


17 weeks


Course overview

Maternity Co-ordinator's Programme

Hear from Debbie Bunford, Senior Midwifery Lecturer, and Elaine Blair, Midwifery Consultant about what’s involved in our Maternity Co-ordinator’s Programme.

You focus on what makes an excellent labour ward co-ordinator, developing and improving your knowledge and skills.

The Ockenden (2022) and Kirkup (2022) reports cite the complexities of multidisciplinary working and balancing the oscillating workloads in the labour ward environment. In line with the Ockenden report’s recommendations, this course supports your development for the challenges facing the role.

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Course details

What you study

Studying leadership and management in the context of maternity services is becoming increasingly important. The course content reflects contemporary issues and challenges facing a labour ward co-ordinator leading a multidisciplinary team.

You study the influences of psychological safety, civility, human factors, advanced decision making, leadership, situational awareness and tackling workplace behaviours to enhance teamwork and patient safety.

How you learn

You take a practical approach to learning, incorporating reflection and support for personal development in the practice environment.

You receive feedback to support your personal development, supported by an emotional intelligence 360 feedback report.

Teaching is on-campus to maximise networking opportunities, group discussion and learning. The material will be online for those who are unable to attend in person.

How you are assessed

The end of course assessment is a presentation based on a proposed change to practice to improve the working environment, or self-reflection on an aspect of the course to enhance your personal development. You are supported through one-to-one tutorials.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You must be a midwife registered with the NMC, and currently in or aspiring to be a co-ordinator in maternity services.

The support of your line manager to attend the course is required.



Career opportunities

Co-ordinator roles within the maternity services.

Work placement

A mentor supports your personal development during the course. Meetings with your mentor will be arranged on a mutually agreed basis.



2024/25 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Length: 17 weeks
  • 4 days on-campus in total, 2 days in week 1, 2 days in week 8.
  • Start date: September
  • Level: Master's
  • Credits: 20

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Get in touch

  • On video

    In conversation with a maternity co-ordinator

    Debra Barker, Senior Midwifery Lecturer talks about the Maternity Co-ordinator's Programme with co-ordinator Nicola.


Service user and carer involvement

Service users and carers support all aspects of our students' lifecycle from recruitment to graduation.

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