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Neonatal Intensive Care - Level 7 - MW0712


About this course

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. If you receive a place you will be emailed an official offer letter, you will need to respond confirming your place within 10 working days.

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You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the infant and family requiring Neonatal Intensive care. You will understand complicated altered physiology that leads to the need for intensive support and physiological care of the infant. You will learn the importance of a collaborative approach to family centred care and how the needs of the infant and family are essential to Neonatal intensive practice.

You will understand the complexities of caring for a child requiring intensive care in relation to nutrition, hydration, pain management, infection prevention, resuscitation, palliative care, discharge and transfer to neighbouring units or home. The module builds on the subject matter covered in the specialist and high dependency module. The subject matter may appear similar; however, the focus is very different when considering intensive care, as opposed to specialist and high dependency.

Please find an outline of the course syllabus below:

  • Factors affecting growth/ development and nutrition
  • Management of respiratory care
  • Neonatal resuscitation and stabilisation
  • Ventilation
  • Extreme Prematurity
  • Ill term infant
  • Overview of Cardiac problems
  • Common surgical problems in the new-born
  • Neonatal viability and ethics of neonatal care provision
  • Operationalisation of neonatal services
  • Basic neonatal pharmacology
  • End of life care

Study Dates for February Cohort:

Wednesday 27th February

Wednesday 6th March

Wednesday 13th March

Wednesday 20th March

Wednesday 27th March 

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.


Give Your Career an Edge

This module forms part of a staff induction package for Neonatal Intensive 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 Lectures, Seminars and Simulation Exercise

Sector Health, Sport and Social Care

Study Mode Part Time

Location Coach Lane Campus

Start February 2018

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.

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

Students must be working in Neonatal Intensive Care to enable them to fulfil the requisite clinical competencies. Previous clinical experience in Low/High Dependency care essential.

  1. Utilise knowledge of applied pathophysiology to demonstrate the ability to assess plan implement and evaluate care for babies and their families requiring Intensive Care
  2. Demonstrate the ability to develop a critical approach to decision making within their role utilizing appropriate evidence
  3. Adopt the correct procedures to minimise risk to infants and families within their care
  4. Exhibit a professional approach when dealing with sensitive issues in practice
  5. Expand on previous clinical experience of High/Low Dependency care in order to provide high quality Intensive Care

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

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