These two modules, aimed at healthcare practitioners working in neonatal care, have been developed to complement each other and are taken together. They can be taken as a pair of short courses, or as part of our practice specific award in neonatal critical care.
Applied neonatal pathophysiology:
This module will enable students to increase their knowledge of applied neonatal pathophysiology and apply it to the care of infants in special, high dependency and intensive care settings. It is the first of four modules for healthcare practitioners working full-time or part-time within the neonatal unit that will enable the practitioner to be recognised as qualified in speciality (QIS).
It is also designed as a standalone module for neonatal healthcare practitioners wishing to update their knowledge and skills. The delivery of neonatal care is dependent upon the clinical skills of the practitioner, and the sound theoretical underpinning of neonatal anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology.
This module will allow the novice neonatal practitioner the necessary grounding in applied neonatal pathophysiology in which to develop and further their evidence based practice.
Neonatal special and transitional care:
This module is the second of four modules for healthcare practitioners working full-time or part-time within the neonatal unit that will enable the practitioner to be recognised as qualified in speciality (QIS).
The delivery of neonatal care to the special care infant is dependent both on the clinical skills of the healthcare practitioner and the development and maintenance of therapeutic relationships with the parents and the multi-disciplinary team through the use of appropriate communication and interpersonal skills. This module facilitates the development of reflective skills in order to provide and analyse the care to a special care baby and family.
This module will enable students to:
- Develop and enhance their existing knowledge and specialist skills in special care practice.
- Develop their knowledge and understanding of the impact of special care on the family and the long term developmental needs of the older neonate.
- Provide neonatal health care practitioners with a forum for cross-fertilisation of research based knowledge and to explore and address contemporary issues in neonatology and neonatal healthcare practice.
These two courses have been developed to complement each other and are taken together.
(Note: We may consider individual requests to take the Applied neonatal pathophysiology module alone, however the 'Neonatal special and transitional care' module must always be taken along with the 'Applied neonatal pathophysiology' module.)
Applicants are expected to hold a recognised healthcare related qualification with current professional registration (where appropriate to the qualification) and normally a minimum of 6 months post-qualifying experience in order to consolidate training.
Applicants should hold a qualification which provides 120 credits at level 4, or equivalent, for entry to the diploma programme or a Dip. H. E., (or equivalent), obtained within the last five years, for entry to the degree programme;
Applicants for the graduate certificate are normally expected to hold an honours or ordinary degree, or equivalent
Equivalences of overseas qualifications are assessed using a specialist resource (NARIC) to which SGUL subscribes.
Healthcare practitioners who do not hold a Dip H.E. (or equivalent) will normally be considered for standalone level 6 module enrolments if they can demonstrate one of the following:
Applicants who do not meet the standard criteria for entry to the diploma programme, will be assessed on an individual basis and will normally be considered for access to standalone level 5 modules where demonstration of the ability to study at level 5 has been achieved through successful completion of an entrance test.
Applied neonatal pathophysiology: unseen examination
Neonatal special and transitional care: reflection
Course length: 10 Teaching Days