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Alison Power

Senior lecturer (Midwifery), University of Northampton

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Values-based recruitment and the NHS Constitution: Making sure student midwives meet the brief

This article will discuss values-based recruitment (VBR) in the context of the selection and recruitment of student midwives to a 3-year undergraduate midwifery programme and discuss how the qualities...

Welcome to class: A survival guide for commencing student midwives

Congratulations! Out of the thousands of applicants, you were successful and are now at the start of your training This is where the really hard work starts as you learn to juggle your home life with...

Contemporary midwifery practice: Art, science or both?

This article will consider the debate as to whether contemporary midwifery care should be based on policies and guidelines underpinned by systematic review (positivism), or based on evidence derived...

What do service users want and who cares?

The word midwife originates from Middle English: probably from the obsolete preposition mid meaning ‘with’ and wife in the archaic sense of meaning ‘woman’ (Oxford Dictionaries, 2015) The current...

There's an app for that—but how do we know if it's a good one?

Mobile applications date back to the end of the 20th century and were typically novel additions to the core phone functions, such as a calculator or a small arcade game But from around 2007, when...

Ensuring practice is based on the best evidence: Masterclass on literature searching

Midwives must ‘always practise in line with the best available evidence’ (Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), 2015a: 7) in order to provide safe and effective care The purpose of the revised Code and...

What are OERs and MOOCs and what have they got to do with prep?

As autonomous, accountable practitioners, midwives are required to continually update their clinical knowledge and skills in order to provide high quality, safe and effective care (Nursing and...

LinkedIn: Facebook for professionals?

LinkedIn is a business-orientated social networking service, which helps individuals create and maintain an online profile in order to build up a professional network (LinkedIn, 2015a) Its...

Is Facebook an appropriate platform for professional discourse?

‘Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what's going on in the...

Twitter's potential to enhance professional networking

Twitter is an online social networking service launched in 2006 that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called ‘tweets’ It is unique in that it ‘engages strangers through...

What is social media?

Social media platforms are continuing to grow in popularity, with Facebook having over 31 million users in the UK; Twitter 15 million, and LinkedIn 10 million (McRory, 2014)

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