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Neonatal High and Low Dependency Care - Level 7 - MW0710

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About this course

This course is part of Continuing Workforce Development for NHS practitioners. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the application form and gain authorisation from an appropriate decision maker within the NHS before sending it back to us.

This module enables staff new to the neonatal speciality to develop a foundation of knowledge and skills in relation to Low and High Dependency Care. After completing the module, you will be able to use your knowledge of applied physiology to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for babies requiring Low and High Dependency Care and ensure the correct procedures are adopted to minimise the risk to infants and their families.

You will also be confident demonstrating a professional approach dealing with sensitive issues and communicating effectively within a multi-disciplinary team. This module is delivered in practice to form part of a staff induction package and recognition of QIS (NHS England 2015) It is delivered in conjunction with the completion of clinical competencies as part of the induction period in the workplace

Content Overview

  • Basic Resuscitation and stabilisation
  • Identification of at risk neonate
  • Non-invasive respiratory support
  • Supporting transition to oral feeding
  • Professional practice
  • Effective Communication
  • Evidence based practice in neonatal care
  • Developmental care
  • Discharge planning
  • Supporting Parents’ needs


Learn from the Best

Designed by a multi-professional team including Nurses, Midwives, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Social Care Staff and Medical practitioners our range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is tailored towards individuals who are driving and enabling practice development in NHS North East.

Northumbria is the principal provider of nurse education in the North East of England and was named Nurse Education Provider of the Year (post-registration) for three consecutive years by Student Nursing Times.

We have excellent relationships with partner services in health, social care and social work and our range of CPD provision supports practitioners and managers to engage in professional learning and then examine how this can be integrated in the practice arena.


Teaching and Assessment

This module will be supported by the Northern Neonatal Network, and your unit clinical educators. You will learn through a combination of formal lectures, seminars and tutorials. As there are clinical outcomes to be achieved you will be supported in practice by a designated mentor.

Assessment is by summative written assignment (3000 words) and demonstration of the achievement of clinical outcomes relevant to your own workplace. Both parts of the assessment must be successfully achieved in order to gain academic accreditation. Formative feedback on progress will be via a designated mentor and network / clinical educator. Summative feedback will be provided by written comments on work submitted.


Learning Environment

This course is based at our Coach Lane Campus where you will have access to
cutting-edge facilities with technology embedded through all aspects of your
CPD course.


Research-rich Learning

Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartile in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing. Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).


Give Your Career an Edge

This module forms part of a staff induction package for neonatal care.


Your Future

This 20 credit module can count towards the MSc in Practice Development.

Course info

Award Type Level 7

Delivery Method Blend of group and individual tutorials

Sector Healthcare Public Health

Study Mode Work-based Learning

Location Coach Lane Campus

Staff new to the neonatal speciality who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in relation to High and Low Dependence Care.

Previous evidence of Level 6 study. Students must be working in the appropriate clinical environment to enable them to fulfil the clinical competencies.

The aim of this module is to facilitate staff new to the specialty in developing a foundation of knowledge and skills in relation to Low and High Dependency Care.

1. Utilise knowledge of applied physiology in order to assess, plan implement and evaluate care for babies and their families requiring Low and High Dependency Care.
2. Demonstrate the correct procedures to minimise risk to infants and families within their care.
3. Critically evaluate decision making skills in practice
4. Demonstrate a professional approach when dealing with sensitive issues in practice
5. Communicate effectively within the multi-disciplinary team when caring for infants and their families
6. Demonstrate reflexivity, creativity and innovation in relation to practice

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