Professional Midwifery Advocate (bridging)

Advocating and educating for quality improvement (A-EQUIP) is the new model and framework of midwifery
supervision.  The Professional Midwifery Advocate is a fundamental leadership and advocacy role designed to deploy the A-EQUIP model. The role supports staff through a continuous improvement process that aims to
build personal and professional resilience, enhance quality of care and support preparedness for professional revalidation. To undertake the role, a midwife must successfully complete a PMA preparation programme (bridging module/shortened or long programme).

Who is it for?

The bridging programme is specifically designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of previous Supervisors of Midwives who have undertaken the Preparation of Supervisors of Midwives programme (NMC 2014) or equivalent training, and who are considered by the employing NHS Trusts to be
eligible to become PMAs.

Applicants must be able to evidence previous study
at level 6 or meet the non standard criteria for admission to PGT study.

Applicants must be registered with NMC (with live registration status) and must satisfy the employers internal processes for attending a programme of education.

Overview of content

The programme is based on developing the attendee’s skills and expertise in the four areas of: clinical leadership; restorative clinical supervision, normative function and personal action for quality improvement.

Indicative content:
  • Background to the development of the model
  • Role of the Professional Midwifery Advocate
  • Adult learning styles
  • Restorative Clinical Supervision
  • Compassionate Resilience
  • Quality Improvement - methods and measures

The programme delivery is designed to recognise the existing knowledge and experience of, and work with,
the participants and will be one of blended learning – an approach which combines and aligns learning undertaken in face to face sessions with online learning opportunities. It is expected that the attendees will
be prepared to actively participate in-group discussions and take responsibility to ask questions, give feedback and support their colleagues.

Mode of assessment

Assessment will be through completion of a competency document.  Participants must demonstrate proficiency in all competencies which should be benchmarked and evidenced against proficiencies and experience from having undertaken the Preparation of Supervisors of Midwives programme.


This is a non credit-bearing programme.

Course structure - 4 days over 6 weeks

The programme will be provided at the University of Sheffield.  The programme consists of four days of training over consecutive weeks with 4x hourly sessions for each attendee over the following weeks to complete the restorative element of the training in the provider Trusts.

Taught Dates:
To be confirmed

Application and Funding

To apply for this course, you need to complete an online application and a paper funding form. To complete the online application, please select the "apply" link at the top right of this page. Please provide accurate details of your Midwifery training qualifications on the online application form. You may be contacted to clarify these details if it is not clear.

To complete the nomination form please select the "approval form" link from the downloads at the top right of this page. All applicants need to have support from their Head of Midwifery/employer. If successful in your application for the course, you will receive a confirmation email with the exact details of the location of teaching closer to the start date.

Delivery Site

The School of Nursing and Midwifery is based at Barber House, Glossop Road, Sheffield; opposite the Royal Hallamshire Hospital however teaching may take place across the University site.  Please see here for a map of the Central Campus.

Programme leader/Contact Name:

Rachel Jokhi

Tel: 0114 222 2043;  Email:

Admissions/Support Officer:

Deborah Reid

Tel: 0114 222 2037, Email: