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Neonatal Practice (Postgraduate Certificate)

Course Description

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.


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.

Visit the Neonatal Practice (Postgraduate Certificate) page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Have a UK or overseas degree from a recognised institution or equivalent professional or other qualification. Must hold professional registration with the relevant Nursing or Allied Health Professional Body in the UK. You will normally have a minimum of 12 months post-registration experience in a neonatal care environment. Be working in a relevant clinical environment in which you can achieve the clinical skills required, ideally working in a Level 2 or Level 3 Newborn Intensive Care Unit. Have access to an appropriate practice supervisor within that area. You will need to have secured the support of your line manager.

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