Dignity and respect in midwifery education in the UK: A survey of lead midwives of education

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Hall, J. ; Mitchell, M. (2016)

In the UK respect, dignity and compassion are the underpinning values which must determine service user care in the National Health Service (NHS). In midwifery education it is unclear how students are being taught these values. We created a study that aimed to explore how learning about dignity and respect is facilitated and assessed within pre-registration midwifery curricula. An online survey was devised and distributed to all Lead Midwives for Education in the UK. The findings are presented under the three main themes of understanding the meaning of dignity and respect, teaching and assessment and experiences. The study concludes that, though there are some good areas of education practice there is inconsistency in how Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) guidelines are transferred into curricula. This leads to students receiving differing emphasis of education on the values of dignity and respect.
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