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Midwifery students' experiences in a health visiting placement: An interview study

Brook, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-8867-0150, Rayment, J., Bryar, R. & Olander, E. K. ORCID: 0000-0001-7792-9895 (2018). Midwifery students' experiences in a health visiting placement: An interview study. Journal of Health Visiting, 6(11), pp. 552-559. doi: 10.12968/johv.2018.6.11.552


In the UK, there is a clear remit for midwives and health visitors to work collaboratively to care for pregnant women and new mothers. This study evaluated a clinical placement for midwifery students with health visitor mentors. The evaluation explored the experience of mentors and students during the placement, the effect on their understanding of the different roles and the potential effect on collaborative working in the future. Results indicated that students developed their knowledge of the health visitor role and learned transferable skills to take back to midwifery. They saw little collaborative practice, but identified ways to incorporate interprofessional working into their practice once qualified. Mentors were positive about sharing health visiting practice and the potential impact on relationships in the future.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in Journal of Health Visiting , copyright © MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see
Publisher Keywords: Health visitors, Midwifery students, clinical practice placements, collaborative working, Students, Interprofessional working
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Healthcare Services Research & Management
School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Midwifery & Radiography
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