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Neonatal Care Postgraduate Certificate in / Professional Certificate

  • Level(s) of Study: Professional
  • Start Date(s): March
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Study Mode(s): Part-time
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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The principle aims for this course is to provide post-qualification continuing professional development in the speciality of Neonatal care, striving to enhance the knowledge skills and values of staff within neonatal care areas at a qualified in speciality level. This course has been developed in collaboration with Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and represents core education and training pertinent to neonatal speciality areas, including the intensive care environment.

What you’ll study

The Neonatal Qualified in Speciality Course curriculum is aligned to the national competence framework for neonatal nursing. This course offers a unique blend of evidence and contemporary clinical practice to support the development of holistic skilled neonatal nurses working with families at the centre of care delivery. The course consists of two modules, each worth 30 credit points.

Content includes critical appraisal of anatomy and pathophysiology to inform the assessment and management of the neonate, legal and ethical implications of neonatal care, communication in complex circumstances and contemporary approaches to leadership. The course will encourage students to critically reflect on current practice, discuss underpinning research and professional guidance and debate case-studies to develop clinical expertise and inform clinical decision making.

The learning environment and level of teaching will be the same for each level of study (post registration certificate, (level 6) or postgraduate (level 7). The level of study and therefore attainment will be differentiated at assessment only, students will be assessed at either Level 6 or 7.

The course comprises of 2 taught modules of 30 credits each

  • Level 6 Professional certificate
  • Level 7 Post graduate Certificate

This module focuses on the assessment and management of the neonate in low dependency and special care settings. Topics include anatomy and pathophysiology the psychosocial and cultural needs of the family unit in the neonatal setting, developing therapeutic relationships and leadership strategies to facilitate collaboration and effective performance of the team.

This module focuses on the assessment and management of the neonate in high dependency and intensive care settings. Topics include legal and ethical implications of neonatal care, pharmacological interventions, and the resuscitation of the neonate.

How you’re taught

Delivery Mode

Teaching will be delivered using a variety of approaches, which include, lectures, problem-based learning, peer-learning, simulation and reflection on clinical practice. Each module will encourage students to examine the knowledge and skills requirements for advanced and competent practice, along with opportunity to explore specific themes based upon experiences in practice.
The course is delivered through a blended delivery of on campus and online learning and will include teaching from a variety of clinicians with specialist expertise. This co-delivery of education will enable learners to benefit from both clinical and academic knowledge to augment their learning and provides a symbiotic approach to professional development.

Clinical Area

Working in a Neonatal area is a compulsory component of the course to enable you to develop the necessary competencies required for the course. In order to complete the skills portfolio, you will need to have access to appropriate learning opportunities through your practice settings and that your employer will allow you to use your work in these settings as learning opportunities for the modules on the course.

How you’re assessed

  • Critical reflection
  • Presentation
  • Case study
  • Observed structured clinical examination (OSCE)
  • Portfolio

Campus and facilities

The purpose-built Health & Allied Professions (HAP) Centre is home to our world-class teaching, practice, research and scholarship in the Institute of Health and Allied Professions (IHAP).

Entry requirements

  • Applicants will be registered nurses currently working in a neonatal environment
  • Applicants for the Professional certificate must have a level 5 qualification, applicants for the Post graduate certificate must have a level 6 qualification or evidence of the ability to study at Level 6
  • Applicants must be supported by the managers

Fees and funding

Level of studyCourse cost
Professional / Postgraduate Certificate in Neonatal Care£2,500
BSc in Neonatal Care£4,600
MSc in Neonatal Care£7,500

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Please contact the inbox for your registration form. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

This course is not open to international students.

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