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Midwife Registration Programmes: standards and requirements  

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) publish standards and requirements for Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) and Health Care Providers (HCPs) involved in the education of midwives in relation to the development, delivery and evaluation of midwife registration education programmes.

This document was published in 2005 and is the current standards and requirements for HEIs and HCPs who provide undergraduate midwifery education programmes.  From 1st September 2018 the newly published standards and requirements come into effect.

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Requirements and Standards for the Midwife Registration Education Programme

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NMBI launched updated standards and requirements for Midwife Registration Programmes in February 2016, but come into effect 1 September 2018. They are designed to provide guidance to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Health Service Providers for the education of registered midwives.

They were developed over a two year period and followed closely on the recommendations of the Report of the Review of Undergraduate Nursing and Midwifery Programmes (Department of Health).

These standards and requirements take account of changes in the profession, health services and in programmes offered by the HEIs, as well as the enactment of the Nurses and Midwives Act 2011 which enshrined in law the uniqueness of the profession of midwifery.  They were developed over a two year period in consultation with HEIs, health care providers, other stakeholders, members of the profession and other parties.

Please note: these standards and requirements come into effect 1 September 2018.

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Midwife Registration Programmes standards and requirements

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Self Assessment Audit Tool:

In order to demonstrate that a Midwife Registration Programmes is fit for purpose and meets the criteria for professional approval as outlined by NMBI (2016) Midwife Registration Programmes Standards and Requirements. The education provider is required to complete and return the attached Self-Assessment Audit Tool. The self-assessment audit tool reflects the criterion and standard statements plus a series of indicators outlined in NMBI (2016)  section 3.2 Standards for the Approval of the Higher Education Institutions and Associated Health Care Provider Services and Educational Programmes Leading to Registration. 

Midwifery Self Assessment Audit Tool

Please complete the Midwifery Self Assessment Audit Tool document and return to

National Student Midwife Competence Assessment Tool

The National Student Midwife Competence Assessment Tool has been developed following the recommendation from the Department of Health 2012 (Review of pre-registration student programs) for the NMBI to develop a National Competency Assessment Tool for Student Nurses/Midwives.

The tool has been developed with significant input from the six Higher Educational Institutes who provide education leading to Midwifery Registration. Significant input has also been received from clinical sites where student midwives are placed and from a recent qualified student midwife

Ongoing review is anticipated during the first year of implementation, and we welcome your feedback. 

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