Advocacy and education for quality improvement in practice (A-EQUIP) full module

Key features

A-EQUIP (advocating for education and quality improvement) is the new employer-led model of midwifery supervision. The model promotes a continuous improvement process through staff development, and action to improve quality and experience of care.

The professional midwifery advocate (PMA) is the new leadership and advocacy role designed to deploy the A-EQUIP model. Our course will prepare you to undertake the role of PMA, and is for midwives who are being supported to develop this role within their organisation. You do not need to have been a Supervisor of Midwives in the former statutory model to undertake this course.

We want to enable you to work with the A-EQUIP model, and believe A-EQUIP will have a positive impact on the physical and emotional wellbeing of midwives and those working in maternity services, and will also improve the safety, quality and kindness to the mothers and babies that we work with.

Module code




FHEQ level

Level 7 – masters degree


Blended learning approach with face to face delivery at Drake Circus campus, Plymouth

Course details

On our course, you will:

  • gain an understanding of the statutory changes in midwifery supervision
  • learn to work with the A-EQUIP model as a means to continual improvement
  • develop the skills and competencies required to undertake the role of the PMA including restorative clinical supervision (RCS).

At the end of our course, you will be equipped to:

  • keep women and babies at the centre of all that you do
  • build and develop professional networks
  • meet contractual obligations
  • explore how the A-EQUIP model can work locally and regionally.

This module can be studied as a standalone module or towards the following award MSc Advanced Professional Practice (Nursing and Midwifery Professions).


There are two parts to the assessment for this module:

  • A written report
  • A practice portfolio

Module dates

The module dates are 30 and 31 January, 6, 7, 26 and 27 February, 23 and 24 March 2020.

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers – for further information please contact the Professional Development Unit.

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.

Access to: 

  • application forms 
  • change of name forms
  • pre-course information
  • downloadable guides
  • student card.

Visit our admissions homepage for full details.

Entry requirements

Applicants must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (with live registration) and evidence of study at level 6 within the last 3 years would be advantageous.

Fees and funding

APP741 fees 

Please see our professional development module fees page.


Funding for this module may be available through your employing organisation. Please contact your organisation’s education coordinator in the first instance.

APP740 – Advocacy and education for quality improvement in practice (A-EQUIP) bridging APEL module

This module is for those who:

  • have undertaken PoSOM (Preparation of Supervisor of Midwives) programme and have previously been appointed as a Supervisor of Midwives
  • have completed the professional midwifery advocate (PMA) shortened course within the last two years.

This module builds on the professional midwifery advocate (PMA) shortened course and provides academic recognition for those former supervisors of midwives who will be undertaking the professional midwifery advocate role. There is no teaching on this module.

APP740 fees

Please see our professional development module fees page.