What are OERs and MOOCs and what have they got to do with prep?
As technology advances and becomes more accessible, it offers midwives a greater variety of ways to meet prep (continuing professional development (CPD)) standards (
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 Midwifery Council (NMC), 2012; NMC, 2015a; Jokhi, 2014). Post-registration education and practice (prep) is a set of NMC standards and guidance designed to support midwives in providing this level of care. Midwives renew their registration every 3 years by signing a Notification of Practice (NoP) and submitting an annual Intention to Practise (ItP) form to their named supervisor of midwives. Prep standards have two distinct requirements: midwives must provide evidence of a minimum of 450 hours of practice plus the equivalent of 35 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) or learning activity in the previous 3 years in order to maintain their professional registration (NMC, 2011). The NMC ensures midwives are complying with the standards by the NoP and may ask midwives to provide written evidence of their learning activity by means of audit. Under the current guidance, while the learning activity must be relevant to practice, there is no such thing as approved prep (CPD) learning activities (NMC, 2011), it is up to the individual to choose an activity they feel is relevant to practice and provide written evidence of its positive influence on their practice.
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