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Neonatal Intensive Care - Level 7 - MW0712
Dates: TBC

**This module has been delivered for the 19/20 academic year. Dates and applications will be available for the 20/21 delivery at the end of June 2020. Please check back soon.**

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.

In order to assist you in completing your application we have attached guidance notes. Please refer to these while completing your application.

As part of your application you will need to upload a copy of your completed study leave approval form. If you do not attach your approval form to your application or it is incomplete this will delay your application and may impact you being offered a place on the module. Instructions on how to do this are in the guidance notes.





If you have any questions or queries about this module please contact us via email at or call (0191) 4060901.

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

Course Information

Award Type Level 7

Delivery Method Blend of Lectures, Seminars and Simulation Exercise

Mode of Study
Part Time

Coach Lane Campus

Start Dates: TBC

Health, Sport and Social Care

Designed by a multi-professional team including Nurses, Midwives, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Social Care Staff and Medical practitioners our range of Continuing Workforce Professional Development (CWD) 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.

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.


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.


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.


This module forms part of a staff induction package for Neonatal Intensive Care.


This 20 credit module can count towards the MSc in Practice Development.



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.

Degree level

Must be employed on a regional Neonatal unit and approved by unit manager

Knowledge & Understanding:

  1. You will critically synthesise the evidence base which informs Neonatal specialist and high dependency care, leading to an enhanced understanding of the contribution a Neonatal qualified in speciality nurse/midwife (QIS) makes to  specialist and high dependency care
  2. You will critically analyse the national, organisational and professional standards, guidelines and policies to lead safe and Sustainable Neonatal specialist and high dependency care
  3. You will conceptualise key concepts and theories in specialist practice to analyse dominant discourses in the context of specialist and high dependency care
  4. You will generate new knowledge and understanding to demonstrate how specialist and high dependency care is managed and coordinated at a regional level.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

  1. You will critically review legislation, professional guidelines, and ethical principles to professional practice
  2. You will look critically at the specific care of an infant to build intellectual knowledge and lead developments in professional practice.
  3. You will enhance communication skills to involve parents in a collaborative approach to developing Neonatal care
  4. You will recognise the role of collaborative working within the regional network to deliver high quality specialist care
  5. You will critically reflect and build on your own intellectual, professional skills & abilities and develop action plans to problem solve and achieve personal and professional goals

Personal Values Attributes:

  1. You will work collaboratively with peers in a learning community, this will help you to develop professional networks and peer support opportunities
  2. You will formulate action-plans to meet the module learning outcomes and your own personal, professional goals as part of a strategy for lifelong learning and professional learning


If you have any questions or queries about this module please contact us via email at or call (0191) 4060901.

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

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