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The personal and professional importance of post-registration postgraduate education

Walker, Louise; Spendlove, Zoey



The nature of both pre-registration and post-registration midwifery education has changed dramatically over the last two decades, being firmly established within academia and the higher education domain. Notwithstanding the changes to midwifery education, midwives' perceptions of post-registration education, and continual professional development in particular, are mixed. The terms professional training and post-registration education are used interchangeably despite representing different goals. This article will explore professional perceptions of the post-registration educational journey, the concept of further academic development for individual midwives through postgraduate study and how engagement of midwives in postgraduate study could benefit both individual midwives and the collective profession of midwifery.


Walker, L., & Spendlove, Z. (2018). The personal and professional importance of post-registration postgraduate education. British Journal of Midwifery, 26(2), 120-124.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 8, 2018
Online Publication Date Jan 31, 2018
Publication Date Feb 10, 2018
Deposit Date Feb 16, 2018
Publicly Available Date Feb 16, 2018
Journal British Journal of Midwifery
Print ISSN 0969-4900
Electronic ISSN 2052-4307
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Issue 2
Pages 120-124
Keywords Midwifery education, Post-registration education, Postgraduate study, Continuing professional development, Professionalisation
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Additional Information This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in British Journal of Midwifery, copyright ©2018 MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see


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