Master degrees in Neonatal Care allow postgraduates to specialise in caring for premature or ill newborn babies, equipping them with the techniques to support and care for an infant’s family.
Related subjects include Neonatal Nursing and Neonatal Medicine. Entry requirements typically include an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject such as Nursing, Midwifery or Medicine.
Courses in this field aim to build your understanding and skills in managing the risks associated with early labour. This includes learning how to assist with planned and emergency caesarean sections, and manage the symptoms of pre-eclampsia.
You’ll learn about essential techniques for supporting the life of mother and baby during a premature birth, including administering medications, providing ventilator support, resuscitation and light therapy for conditions like jaundice.
Placements are usually a key component of these courses, and will enable you to gain experience of working in a fast-paced environment.
Neonatal nurses typically work the intensive care unit of a hospital, but may also be required within emergency rooms, delivery rooms and special clinics.
This practical course uses a work-based learning approach to develop the higher-level skills that will lead to advanced practitioner status.
This is a challenging and intense programme and allows experienced neonatal intensive care nurses to become qualified advanced neonatal nurse practitioners.
This 12 month course requires a high level of commitment to succeed and you will move from a nursing to a medical rota immediately upon qualification.
You will achieve a number of clinical competencies such as advanced resuscitation skills, insertion of percutaneous long lines, insertion of umbilical and venous catheters, airway management and intubation and chest drains.
The programme may be commissioned by Health Education North West to meet the needs of a modernizing NHS. Upon completion you will be eligible for a non-medical advanced practitioner in Neonates to work within a junior medical rota.
You are expected to be flexible during the programme to facilitate your learning and clinical practice/experience:
Simulation teaching will be undertaken in the university’s simulation suite and in the clinical area.
You will be expected to undertake a series of assessments including a clinical portfolio, written assignments, OSCE, and supervised clinical practice by specialist registrars, advanced neonatal nurse practitioners and consultant neonatologists.
Our Clinical Practice Wards are located in the Mary Seacole Building on the second floor. There are four rooms designed to give the look and feel of a hospital environment. The rooms are furnished with patient's beds, lockers, chairs, sinks and curtains as well as audio-visual equipment, internet and a teaching area.
We also have a number of clinical skills rooms that enhance student learning from taking blood pressure, to giving CPR and more complicated procedures. Along with nursing skills rooms where you can practice in a ward situation, there are basic skills rooms for sessions such as moving and handling.
The patient simulation laboratory provides you with the opportunity to tackle real-life scenarios in a safe and supported environment. Set up like a hospital ward, the lab contains hi-tech patient simulators that can mimic everything from the common cold to a major heart condition.
The equipment includes:
All the simulation equipment can be linked up to some very hi-tech computer and audio-visual aids. Groups of students get to role-play a wide range of different scenarios, with a lab co-ordinator observing, running and intervening in the scenario remotely.
Sophisticated computer equipment can also provide detailed physiological information for each of the simulators under observation. The lab will help you develop the clinical skills you need but also the high level communication skills that will make a real difference to your patients.
Upon completion of this course, students will become advanced neonatal nurse practitioners and will work on a medical rota. Some students may also wish to progress onto a PhD or work as a nurse consultant or in a leadership role in clinical practice.
Develop not only your knowledge of common and complex neonatal conditions in theory and in evidence-based practice, but also your independent critical thinking skills and your ability to question neonatal healthcare practice and policy with this rewarding Master’s degree in Neonatology. This course is suitable for clinicians and non-clinicians from the UK and the wider international community and has been designed to improve your career options and pathways in this field.
This course is for clinicians and non-clinicians to develop both your independent and critical thinking skills and to enable you to constructively question healthcare policy and practice. It will also give you the skills you need to address and find innovative solutions to complex problems in healthcare, meeting the current and future challenges in healthcare.
The MSc Neonatology runs between 12 – 18 months full time and 2 – 5 years part time and is usually delivered online. The course provides the opportunity to gain academic credits tailored to your ambitions and professional expertise. Along with a solid theoretical knowledge of a range of neonatal conditions you will learn the importance of collaboration, effective communication, the challenges faced by neonatology healthcare professionals and how to propose new solutions to neonatal issues and offer alternative hypotheses.
This flexible programme of higher level study is suitable for neonatal clinicians who wish to improve their clinical knowledge and develop their academic careers in the field.