Introduction of QR code cards at Staffordshire University: supporting students and practice partners in midwifery education
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Midwifery and Allied Health, Staffordshire University, Stafford, United Kingdom
Publication date: 2023-10-24
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Alexandra R Birch   

Midwifery and Allied Health, Staffordshire University, Stafford, United Kingdom
Eur J Midwifery 2023;7(Supplement 1):A191
Staffordshire University’s midwifery team have created a digital method of communicating information with midwifery students and with practice staff (registered midwives overseeing midwifery students’ training in the clinical environment), via the use of a quick response (QR) code, in order to improve the support they receive.

Following a poor National Student Survey score for overall student satisfaction (18.2%) and a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Monitoring Visit which highlighted that students and practice partners required additional support, Staffordshire University decided to use a digital method of communicating information that could be accessed 24 hours per day and would always be up to date. This came in the form of a QR code on a plastic card that fits into an ID holder.

The student version of the QR code card was launched in September 2022 and the landing page has been viewed 378 times, the practice assessor and practice supervisor version of the card was launched in December 2022 and the landing page for that code has been viewed 224 times. Early feedback has been received from students, practice partners, the NMC and Health Education England and all has been positive. A short evaluation questionnaire has been sent out to students and practice partners to gain views and seek improvement ideas.

Ongoing evaluation is required to ensure effectiveness along with sharing of best practice. The operating department practice team have adopted their own QR code card for use and other universities have also shown an interest.

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