Twitterchat: What does the education of future midwives look like for you?

31 August 2017

This #WeMidwives discussion is being held in conjunction with the NMC (@nmcnews), Council of Deans of Health (@councilofdeans) and Aditi Chowdhary-Ghandhi, Standard Development Officer, NMC

Date: Wednesday 6 September 2017

Time: 1.30pm-2.30pm

Audience: midwives, educators, students, employers, service users and the public


The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is delivering a programme of change for education so that midwives of the future are equipped to work in a fast changing health and care landscape. It has started a review of proficiencies for future midwives. The twitter chat is about the NMC’s current consultations and the future of midwifery education.

  • We want to hear your views on the draft education framework,  which set out the education and training standards for midwifery courses, and our proposals to replace mentorship with a new approach to student learning and assessment.
  • We believe these standards and requirements signify good midwifery education.

Further information about the consultations and how take part is available on the NMC website.

The consultations close on 12 September 2017.

Twitterchat questions

  1. What do you think about replacing mentorship with a new approach to student learning and assessment for midwives?
  2. What are the challenges around implementation of the new Education framework and the proposed approach to learning and assessment for midwifery education?
  3. Will the proposals provide opportunities for a wider range of practice learning experiences for midwives?
  4. What are the midwifery specific risks and benefits of introducing the new model for learning and assessment?
  5. What supporting information might HEIs and placement providers need to implement the new approach to learning and assessment
  6. Do you support the aim for improved inter-professional learning for midwives as laid out in our draft education framework and learning and assessment requirements?

Twitterchat basics

What is a Twitter chat?

A Twitter chat is where a group of Twitter users meet at a pre-determined time to discuss a certain topic, using a designated hashtag (#) for each tweet contributed. A host or moderator will pose questions (designated with Q1, Q2…) to prompt responses from participants and encourage interaction among the group. Chats typically last an hour.

Why participate in a Twitter chat?

Twitter chats provide a chance to use Twitter professionally to share information and ideas, discuss topics with peers, network and grow your circle through shared interests.

How to participate in a Twitter chat

  • Join Twitter (if you haven’t already)
  • Read through the pre-chat information
  • Join the chat by searching for the hashtag #WeMidwives
  • Feel free to just follow the conversation at first and perhaps introduce yourself
  • Join the conversation when you feel ready – remember to use the hashtag each time you tweet
  • If you miss anything during the chat, don’t worry – there will be a summary on Storify or you can search for the hashtag to see all the tweets again

Remember – even if this is your first Twitterchat don’t be afraid to join in!

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