Student midwives from the UK have had the chance to learn their profession in the island as part of the Jane Crookall Maternity Unit’s first training placement.
The joint venture between Salford University and the Department of Health and Social Care enabled a group of students to complete a three-week placement, during which they were assessed and mentored by two of the island’s senior midwives.
Jane Sloane, head of midwifery at Noble’s Hospital, explained how the island’s facilities could provide a wide range of experience for students.
‘The delivery of care at the unit can differ slightly from that of a larger unit in a UK NHS hospital,’ she said. ‘Here we are fortunate to be able to work in a small team delivering high standard obstetric and midwifery care – ante natal care, childbirth and post natal care to the mother, baby and family – all in one location.
‘We recently welcomed the first cohort to experience midwifery in “an island setting”. The students have benefited from a flexible approach to training and learning, being able to follow the family through to discharge into the community, learning new skills and taking an active role in the unit, benefiting the staff and families with their knowledge.’
Student midwife Carly Gunn-Anderson said: ‘This has enhanced my knowledge and skills, including visiting a new-born child in their family home setting. I hope to return for my elective placement in the future.’
A second group of students will travel to the island for another three-week placement in October.