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Midwife Registration Programmes: standards and requirements  

NMBI publishes standards and requirements for education bodies (EBs) and their practice partners involved in the education of midwives in relation to the development, delivery and evaluation of midwife registration education programmes.

This document is the current standards and requirements for EBs and practice partners who provide undergraduate midwifery education programmes. 

The standards and requirements for midwife registration programmes are designed to provide guidance to EBs and their practice partners for the education of registered midwives.

They were developed over a two-year period in consultation with EBs, practice partner, other stakeholders, members of the profession and other parties, and followed closely on the recommendations of the Report of the Review of Undergraduate Nursing and Midwifery Programmes (Department of Health).

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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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