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Neonatal Special and High Dependency Care - Level 6 - MW0630
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.

Designed to meet the needs of nursing and midwifery staff caring for a special and high dependency infant in the Neonatal unit, this module can be combined with the Neonatal intensive care module to lead to the award of Specialist Neonatal Practice.

You will explore Neonatal practice with colleagues from many units in the region, engaging in discussion and debate to understand the complexities and challenges caring for an infant receiving special and high dependency care and their family.

You will gain an understanding of the specialist needs of infants in Neonatal units including thermoregulation, nutrition, pain management, palliative care, infection control and discharge and transfer to neighbouring units or home. You will also understand the physiological changes as an infant adapts to extra uterine life, and how problems with this transition lead to infants requiring your care.

Course Information

Award Type 30 Credit, Level 6

Delivery Method Blend of Lectures, Workshops, Reflective Practice, Seminars and Directed Study

Mode of Study
Part Time

Coach Lane Campus

Start Dates: TBC

Health, Sport and Social Care

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

You will learn through lectures, seminars, group work, use of on-line resources and discussion boards, supported by group/individual tutorials. This varied approach allows you as an individual and with Neonatal colleagues from many units to question the knowledge base that underpins Neonatal care and informs your professional role. Working within one unit can limit your ability to question practice. However, as all students in the module are from Neonatal units, and all share similar approaches to care, you can discuss different approaches with likeminded individuals, to identity areas for improvement and development in your specific area. Also, as units vary in intensity you will discuss practice and the evidence base underpinning the care of infants you may not care for.

The module runs at level 6 (graduate certificate) and level 7 (Masters level post graduate certificate). Students from both levels are taught together to reinforce the collaborative and sharing approach to learning through seminars and discussion. The level of inquiry, critique and ability to synthesis new knowledge and understanding in the summative final assignment is what separates the two levels.

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.

You will have access to 24/7 generic IT support and access to the full range of student administration and support services offered by Northumbria University which includes library and learning support outlined fully in the module handbook.

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 (REF 2014).


This module would suit midwifery staff in the neonatal specialist and high dependency care area.

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

Knowledge & Understanding:

  1. You will critically analyse the evidence base which informs Neonatal specialist and high dependency care, and 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 ensure 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 apply 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 apply 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 question 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 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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