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Neonatal Intensive Care - Level 6 - MW0629
Dates: TBC

**This module has been delivered for the 19/20 academic year. Dates and applications will be available for the 20/21 delivery at the end of June 2020. Please check back soon.**

This module is commissioned by Health Education England as part of its continuing workforce development (CWD) portfolio. If you are interested in participating, please complete the application form and gain authorisation from your Line Manager and your Trust Training Coordinator.

To apply please make a note of the module start month, click on book now and choose the application for the correct starting month. Once your application is complete we will contact you in order to confirm whether or not you have been allocated a place.

In order to assist you in completing your application we have attached guidance notes. Please refer to these while completing your application.

As part of your application you will need to upload a copy of your completed study leave approval form. If you do not attach your approval form to your application or it is incomplete this will delay your application and may impact you being offered a place on the module. Instructions on how to do this are in the guidance notes.





If you have any questions or queries about this module please contact us via email at or call (0191) 4060901.

This module is designed for staff new to neonatal intensive care, and will enable you to build on your previous clinical experience of high/low dependency care in order to enhance your professional practice.

After completing the module, you will be able to use your knowledge of applied pathophysiology to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care whilst ensuring the correct procedures are adopted to minimise risk to infants and their families. You will also feel more confident dealing with sensitive issues in practice. This module is delivered in practice to form part of a staff induction package and recognition of QIS (DH 2009). It is delivered in conjunction with the completion of clinical competencies as part of the induction period in the workplace. 

Course Information

Award Type 10, 20 or 30 academic credits

Delivery Method Blend of Lectures, Seminars and Simulation Exercise

Mode of Study
Part Time

Coach Lane Campus

Start Dates: TBC

Health, Sport and Social Care

Designed by a multi-professional team including Nurses, Midwives, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Social Care Staff and Medical practitioners our range of Continuing Workforce Development (CWD) 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.

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 (2,500 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.


This module 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.


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).


This module forms part of a staff induction package for Neonatal Intensive Care.


This module is designed for staff new to neonatal intensive care, and will enable you to build on your previous clinical experience of high/low dependency care in order to enhance your professional practice.

Must be employed on a regional Neonatal unit and approved by unit manager.

Knowledge & Understanding:

  1. You will critically analyse the evidence base which informs Neonatal specialist and high dependency care, and the contribution a Neonatal qualified in speciality nurse/midwife (QIS) makes to  specialist and high dependency care
  2. You will critically analyse the national, organisational and professional standards, guidelines and policies to ensure safe and Sustainable Neonatal specialist and high dependency care
  3. You will conceptualise key concepts and theories in specialist practice to analyse dominant discourses in the context of specialist and high dependency care
  4. You will apply knowledge and understanding to demonstrate how specialist and high dependency care is managed and coordinated at a regional level.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

  1. You will critically apply legislation, professional guidelines, and ethical principles to professional practice
  2. You will look critically at the specific care of an infant to build intellectual knowledge and question professional practice.
  3. You will enhance communication skills to involve parents in a collaborative approach to developing Neonatal care
  4. You will recognise the role of collaborative working within the regional network to deliver high quality specialist care
  5. You will critically reflect on your own intellectual, professional skills & abilities and develop action plans to problem solve and achieve personal and professional goals

Personal Values Attributes:

  1. You will work collaboratively with peers in a learning community, this will help you to develop professional networks and peer support opportunities
  2. You will formulate action-plans to meet the module learning outcomes and your own personal, professional goals as part of a strategy for lifelong learning and professional learning

If you have any questions or queries about this module please contact us via email at or call (0191) 4060901.

Please register your interest for this course and we will be in touch once we have confirmed dates.

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