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If you’re working within neonatal intensive care, this course gives you the opportunity to advance clinically and professionally. Read more

About the course

If you’re working within neonatal intensive care, this course gives you the opportunity to advance clinically and professionally. You’ll focus on the specialist knowledge and skills necessary for managing, promoting and delivering safe evidence-based care that addresses the physiological, psychological and cultural needs of neonates and their families. Clinical experts in neonatology and other related fields contribute to the course, reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of real practice.

The world needs health professionals

And we’re dedicated to educating them. We have strong links with other health departments at the University, including the School for Health and Related Research (ScHARR), the Department of Sociological Studies, the Medical School and the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth.

The school is close to the central University campus, opposite the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. You’ll be at the heart of student life with West Street, Broomhill and the best students’ union in the country on your doorstep.

We teach the skills that matter

Because we work closely with our partners in health and social care, your course will equip you with the skills employers are looking for. All our courses are research-led, shaped by local, national and international policy. They’re designed to be flexible, to meet the demands of a rapidly changing work environment.

We teach the skills you need to establish research and education initiatives in health and social care wherever in the world you are needed. Through our partnerships with other organisations, you’ll get the chance to network and make useful contacts.

Studentships

If you already work with NHS patients in NHS Yorkshire and the Humber or East Midlands, funding may be available. Contact us for more information.

Core modules

Intensive Care of the Newborn; High Dependency Care of the Newborn; Concepts Care of the Newborn.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll learn through lectures, seminar presentations and small-group work.

Sessions are run by either clinical experts or our experienced lecturers. Each module is assessed by a written assignment.

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The Enhanced Neonatal Care programme is subject to approval. The Postgraduate Certificate in Enhanced Neonatal Care will help staff improve their skills within this specialised clinical environment which facilitates improved patient care and increased staff knowledge and competence. Read more
The Enhanced Neonatal Care programme is subject to approval.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Enhanced Neonatal Care will help staff improve their skills within this specialised clinical environment which facilitates improved patient care and increased staff knowledge and competence.

Key Features of Enhanced Neonatal Care

Performance:

- unique to Wales

Teaching and Employability:

- enables experienced practitioners to further enhance their clinical skills
- underpins knowledge to provide increased holistic care to sick and preterm neonates

The clinical staff in ABMU neonatal unit delivers an in-house programme of study known as the NEST programme (Neonatal Enhanced Skills Training programme). This comprises of eight intensive taught days which forms part of the blended learning approach used to support the Post Graduate Certificate in Enhanced Neonatal Care.

The post graduate certificate in Enhanced Neonatal Care enables students to enhance their knowledge and understanding, as well as clinical skills, in areas such as venepuncture and blood gas analysis. Underpinning theory and knowledge pertinent to the care of neonates is demonstrated through the development of a portfolio of evidence and accompanying narrative.

NEST is an eight day intensive clinical programme which is delivered by staff in ABMU Neonatal Unit. Enhanced Neonatal Care students are expected to attend all eight days and then complete supervised practice to achieve defined clinical skills. Each student will need to identify a suitable clinical mentor who can support learning in the student’s clinical environment and assess clinical competence. The Post Graduate Certificate in Enhanced Neonatal Care course involves completion of two 30 credit work based learning modules which are assessed via completion of a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates underpinning knowledge, learning and mastery of associated clinical skills. Attainment of the Post Graduate Certificate is through attendance of the eight taught days, submission of the two module portfolios and competence based assessment in clinical practice of the integrated clinical skills.

Modules

Modules on the Enhanced Neonatal Care course may include:

Developing your Neonatal Clinical Practice
Enhancing Your Neonatal Enhanced Practice

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience.

In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Neonatal Practice enables UK registered healthcare professionals to achieve professional development and gain experience in this specialist area. Read more
The Postgraduate Certificate in Neonatal Practice enables UK registered healthcare professionals to achieve professional development and gain experience in this specialist area.

You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care relating to the management of critically ill patients with complex care needs being cared for in a neonatal care environment.

Successful completion of this course allows you to exit with the Postgraduate Certificate in Neonatal Practice worth 60 CATS credits at Level 7.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/courses/postgraduate/2015/postgraduate-certificate-in-neonatal-practice/

Why choose this course?

- Practitioners are educated to develop a critical understanding of neonatal practice and by applying evidence based practice, deliver the best outcome of care for the patient and their family.

- There is an emphasis on practice focused learning throughout, with learning and assessments being based around practice and the workplace.

- Identifying the importance of developing practitioner skills for practice ensures the transferability of the programme to direct service provision.

- Curriculum content is informed by relevant national and international research and evidence based literature to help you expand the breadth of your studies and develop a depth of critical analysis and evaluation of practice.

- Importance is placed on the individual's experience within the educational process and your journey of lifelong learning from both a personal and professional perspective.

- Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice areas and maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally or across the region.

This course in detail

This postgraduate certificate consists of two compulsory modules, one single (20 credits at Level &) and one double (40 credits at Level &). Both modules are delivered face to face.

- Modules
P44022 Recognition, Stabilisation and Transport of the ‘At Risk’ Neonate (20 credits)
This Level 7 single practice module is designed to provide an in-depth exploration of the early recognition, stabilisation and management of the deteriorating neonate. It provides you as a practitioner with the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge.

P44023 Neonatal High Dependency and Intensive Care Practice (40 credits)
This Level 7 double practice module provides you with the essential knowledge and skills of caring for premature and sick neonates nursed in high dependency and intensive care.

Teaching and learning

Teaching, learning and assessment strategy reflects the programme's student-centred, patient-centred and practice-focused approach. Each module has an appropriate division between structured learning activities and private study. You will have opportunities to share your existing and developing skills, knowledge and experience. A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be employed to make the most of the range of experience, skills and knowledge within the group.

Approach to assessment

You will be assessed in each of the modules. There is a mixture of assessment strategies chosen for their appropriateness to an individual module, programme learning outcomes and content, the academic standard expected and the different styles of learning within the group. Assessments are used to give you an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge as well as the critical and reflective analysis required for professional practice.

Assessments will also provide you with an opportunity to experience a range of postgraduate attributes that will prove valuable in your future career.

How this course helps you develop

Teaching, learning and assessment strategies include development of core postgraduate attributes encouraging development of critical self-awareness and personal literacy, digital and information literacy and active citizenship within the context of both academic and research literacy.

Careers

Students who have completed similar health and life sciences vocational postgraduate certificate courses have been employed within their speciality both locally and nationally. This course enables you as a practitioner to work through the Agenda for Change grading bands to further your progression.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

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Approved by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), this programme is aimed at experienced neonatal nurses who expect their career to remain in neonatal professional practice, and who are working in neonatal intensive care units. Read more
Approved by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), this programme is aimed at experienced neonatal nurses who expect their career to remain in neonatal professional practice, and who are working in neonatal intensive care units.

The course has been designed to ensure you develop and demonstrate all of the competencies detailed in the RCN Guidance on Nurse Practitioners (2008) and the standards of the course meet those required by the RCN Accreditation Unit. The course consists of two types of modules: core modules units, which are not paediatric specific, and pathway modules that are neonatal specific to this course.

The programme content reflects the complexity of the clinical environment and acknowledges your experience. The main approach is problem-based. Problem-based learning (PBL) enables the development of analytical reasoning and synthesis skills. It also helps develop the group skills necessary to function in the clinical environment.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/advanced-neonatal-nurse-practitioner

Modules

Year 1:
- Underpinning physiological principles for ANPs
- Advanced assessment of the presenting neonate
- Advanced clinical skills for the ANNP
- Non-medical prescribing
- Managing the complex presenting neonate

Step-off at Year 1 for the PgCert.

Year 2:
- Research methodology and strategy
- Non-medical prescribing or
- Innovations for excellence - leading service improvement

Step-off at Year 2 for the PgDip

Year 3:
- Research preparation
- Systematic Review
- Dissertation or practice development project

Complete the dissertation for the full MSc award.

Employability

The combination of clinical and leadership skills will lead to employment in a variety of roles such as nurse consultants/advanced neonatal nurse practitioners and shape the future of neonatal intensive care nursing.

Professional links

Approved by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). The RCN represents nurses and nursing, promotes excellence in practice and shapes health policies.

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*PLEASE NOTE. University of Salford do not list this course on our site. For more details about this course and how to apply, please contact them on 0161 295 4545. Read more
*PLEASE NOTE: University of Salford do not list this course on our site. For more details about this course and how to apply, please contact them on 0161 295 4545

Visit University of Salford's website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/

Key benefits:

• Be at the forefront of neonatal practice
• Develop the advanced knowledge and skills to care for sick, high-dependent or critically ill neonates
• Use the evidence base more effectively

Suitable for

Neonatal nurses and midwives who wish to be trained to undertake the role of an advanced neonatal nurse practitioner.
The aim is to enhance knowledge and skills essential for advanced practice in neonatal care.

Programme details

This programme is a clinically based modular programme. Clinical skills will be developed in tertiary units and academic programmes taught. It aims to enhance the knowledge and skills essential for advanced practice in neonatal care, and is designed so that by the end, you will be able to work autonomously as a competent advanced neonatal practitioner within a multidisciplinary team.

Module titles

This programme comprises a number of core and optional modules depending on the pathway you choose:
• Neonatal Practice A (30 credits)
• Neonatal Practice B (30 credits)
• Contextualising Advanced Practice (30 credits)
• Research Methods (30 credits)
• Dissertation (60 credits)

Career potential

Past students have gone on to take up posts as midwifery managers, educationalists and consultant midwives. Others have continued their studies at PhD level, for example undertaking the Professional Doctorate offered at this University.

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This programme prepares you to critically explore the management of the ill neonate in a variety of settings in order to develop and expand your role within the field of neonatal care. Read more
This programme prepares you to critically explore the management of the ill neonate in a variety of settings in order to develop and expand your role within the field of neonatal care.

About the programme

This programme is designed for practitioners registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and who are currently employed within the field of neonatal nursing.

It has been developed to provide a standardised level of professional competence and academic accreditation for neonatal nurses.
It incorporates the competencies of Matching Knowledge and Skills for Qualified in Speciality (QIS) Neonatal Nurses (April 2012).

Your learning

The programme consists of three SCQF Level 10 modules, normally undertaken over six months – one year:

Special Care Neonatal Nursing – you will critically explore the specific needs of a baby requiring special care nursing. You will undertake the practice element of the programme within your own area of practice and will be supported by clinical mentors.

Neonatal Intensive Care/High Dependency – you will critically explore the specific needs of a baby requiring intensive care nursing. You will undertake the practice element of the programme within your own area of practice and will be supported by clinical mentors.

Neonatal Work-based Learning – this module will enable you to work towards the achievement of clinical competencies as detailed within the clinical log book; you will be supported by clinical mentors throughout. Students should log a total of 750 hours of learning experiences, with 250 of these hours dedicated to specific experiences achieved within the intensive care setting.

Students will primarily be based in their own units, in both special and intensive care environments.

Our Careers Adviser says

Graduates will be able to further develop professionally within neonatal nursing, mapping their continuing professional development to the Health Career Framework and Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF). Following at least a two year period of being qualified in specialty, staff may undertake an MSc in Advanced Neonatal Practice.

State-of-the-art facilities

Our campuses are equipped with artificial simulated environments with contemporary healthcare technology, where you’ll learn in a realistic context, to put your knowledge into practice. The unpredictability of patient symptoms are mimicked using sophisticated software in a clinical ward setting, ranging from low to high dependency beds.

Investment in the Domus Initiative – an older adult artificial home environment – provides you with experience in caring for older people and dementia care. In a first for the Scottish university sector, we have established A Community Orientated Resource for Nursing (ACORN) where students can practice within a simulated primary care environment.

Lanarkshire and Paisley campuses also provide midwifery students with excellent learning and teaching environments with facilities and equipment that includes a birthing room with maternal simulator and a birthing pool for simulated water births.

Life-changing research

We work jointly with a range of partners, both nationally and internationally, on our research interests, and this directly informs teaching at UWS – which means that you’ll learn from the experts.

Our programmes are informed by practice and all of our academic staff are members of the School’s Institute of Healthcare Policy and
Practice. Some of our most recent initiatives include –

• the launch of a new resource, ‘Jenny’s Diary’, which will provide an invaluable tool for families and practitioners to help people with a learning disability understand their diagnosis of dementia

• the development of a new ‘Philosophy of Care’ in partnership with Broomfield Court Care Home in Glasgow, which will look at ways of enhancing the culture and care within a care setting

• we have collaborated with Ayrshire Hospice to launch the first University Hospice in Scotland to help improve the lives of people with life-limiting illness, their families, partners and carers across Ayrshire & Arran; and Ardgowan Hospice in Greenock, with it becoming a University Teaching Hospice and launching a two-year research project with the University aimed at revolutionising the way palliative
care is delivered to improve the patient journey

• the launch of Dumfries & Galloway Recovery College – the first of its kind in Scotland – which offers short courses designed to enhance self-belief, identify ambitions and encourage learning

• in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Edinburgh, the mental health team lead research into the relationship between emotional intelligence and clinical and academic performance in student nurses

• we are working with the Glasgow Improving Cancer Journey Programme to evaluate this groundbreaking intervention in cancer care in Scotland

• we have launched a new state-of-the-art microbiology lab which will form a research base in the fight against Healthcare Associated Infection

• a collaboration with a number of European partners to develop shared academic and practicebased programmes to prepare family health nurses in Europe

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The role of a midwife is to promote normality and effectively manage deviations from the norm when they occur, increasingly the role is encompassing public health and health promotion issues. Read more
The role of a midwife is to promote normality and effectively manage deviations from the norm when they occur, increasingly the role is encompassing public health and health promotion issues. It is important that midwives are able to utilise this information for the benefit of women and their families. To be equal partners in care provision midwives will need to develop an awareness of political, policy and research issues, an ability to critically appraise developments and be proactive in leading changes in service provision.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/615-msc-professional-practice-midwifery

What you will study

There are two specialist modules which relate to the award, both carry 20 credits.

Modules:
- Normal Midwifery Developments
- Policies and Midwifery Practice

Learning and teaching methods

All students studying for the MSc Professional Practice are required to undertake the core research methods module (40 credits). In order to gain the MSc Professional Practice (Midwifery) Award you will need to study at least 80 credits (including your dissertation) relating to midwifery. This means that you may choose to study one or both of the specialist modules discussed here.

These modules run on alternate years and usually delivered via 3 hour sessions on a bi weekly basis during the academic year. University based sessions include lectures but an emphasis is also placed upon use of debates and student/peer seminars. There is an element of negotiated learning and current professional / policy documents may be used to lead discussions. At this level of study there is a need for background reading and exploration of research and current evidence. Reading is needed to support development of assignments and to increase and broaden knowledge of the subject area.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Students undertaking this course have to date come from a variety of midwifery areas, from both hospital and community practice. Some students have had roles in advancing midwifery practice, others have wanted to enhance their role in promoting normality for their client group.

Feedback received from students shows that they found the modules raised their awareness of advances and changes in practice. Appreciation of their role and that of other members of the health care team has been heightened and they assisted them to enhance the support on offer.

Midwives have the opportunity to work in different healthcare settings and gain experience in all aspects of caring for mothers and babies. They can develop their midwifery career in many different ways: as a clinical specialist, a consultant midwife or in management as a head of midwifery services or supervisor of midwives at local authority level. Some midwives prefer to pursue an academic career in education and research.

Midwives have developed innovative specialist roles in, for example, ultrasound, foetal medicine, intensive care neonatal units, public health, parenting education and many others. There are also opportunities for midwives to work in the European Union and the rest of the world.

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