National ‘Grading of Practice in Pre-registration Midwifery’ project

Project background and publications

The ‘Grading of Practice in Pre-registration Midwifery’ project is a national study which has been undertaken by and on behalf of the Lead Midwife for Education United Kingdom Executive (LME-UK) – a group of experienced midwives representing the Approved Education Institutions in the UK which deliver midwifery programmes leading to Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration.

The project has sought to identify and remedy some of the variations in applying the current NMC standards for pre-registration midwifery education (2009) to programmes across the Approved Education Institutions, with the aim of achieving greater consistency in the assessment of practice both now and in the future. Our work is contributing to the evidence-base informing the new NMC standards.

The research element of the project is now complete. It comprised three phases, two of which have already been published:

Report on phase three

The full report on the third and final phase is on the tab below; journal publications are in progress. Please cite the report as follows:

Fisher, M., Bower, H., Chenery-Morris, S., Galloway, F., Jackson, J., Way, S., Fisher, M.M., 2018. National Grading of Practice in Pre-registration Midwifery Project: Report on final phase on-line survey (Phase 3). United Kingdom: LME-UK Executive. [Online], Available: Final report on phase 3 grading of practice project

Further resources

A Toolkit developed from the project and a Position Statement from the LME-UK Executive will shortly be added to this website.


If you would like further information about our project, please contact the Principal Investigator, Margaret Fisher on or telephone +447815527989.

Other project team members are: