Contemporary issues in the care of the newborn (degree level)

Key features

This 20 credit degree-level module will enable you to develop the skills required to provide the highest quality care for newborn infants requiring additional care and their families.

You will examine the key concepts of physiology, pathology, psychology and social issues which underpin the care and development of the newborn baby requiring additional care in the neonatal period.

This module is delivered by University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, in partnership with University of Plymouth, at the Derriford Hospital site in close proximity to the clinical area of a level three neonatal service. This enables specialist clinicians and allied health professionals to contribute directly to the taught content ensuring clinical currency and high quality theory practice links throughout the taught component.

Module code

HEAC396

Credits

20

FHEQ level

Level 6 - bachelors degree

Location

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


Course details

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  • utilise your knowledge of patho-physiology and psychosocial factors to critically analyse the need for and/or provide additional care for new-born babies
  • promote family autonomy and self-empowerment
  • demonstrate critical self-awareness and ability to promote co-operative, effective inter-professional, multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teamwork
  • identify opportunities for developing practice through an evidence-based philosophy
  • critically analyse the roles, responsibilities and support structures necessary to deliver additional care to the newborn.

On achievement of this module and Intensive care for the neonate (HEAC397) you will have attained ‘Qualified in Speciality’ status as outlined in the Neonatal Toolkit (DOH 2009). 

This module can be studied as a standalone module, as a core module towards the BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Neonatal Care or as an optional module towards some other BSc (Hons) Professional Development pathways - please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information.

Assessment

The assessment for this module is in three parts:

1. assessment in practice, requiring evidenced and safe completion of specified assessed practice competencies

2. 3,000 word evaluative care study focusing on the needs of the newborn baby and their family

3. portfolio of clinical experience and learning contracts evidencing achievement of competence.

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional - if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

Module dates

The dates for the next delivery are 12 and 26 September, 3, 17 and 31 October, 14, 21 and 28 November and 12 December 2018.

Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change, always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit.

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.

Module lead - Jess Talbert

"This is a well established module which has been run by Derriford NICU in partnership with University of Plymouth for over ten years. The module content and delivery is evaluated and developed each year to optimise the student experience and outcomes in line with current educational and clinical practice."

Our students say...

  • A “I feel more confident in practice as I fully understand the theory of why we do things.”
  • A “I am now able to explain topics to others in more depth in practice.”
  • A “It has improved my knowledge in areas I thought I already understood in detail.”

Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on this module you must:

  • be a registered health and social care professional working in an area of practice that will allow you to meet the learning outcomes
  • have previously studied at level 5 (i.e. diploma of higher education or equivalent).

Funding and fees

Funding

This module is commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) and you may therefore be eligible for funding through your employing trust.

Please contact your Trust’s Educational Co-ordinator who will guide you through the application process.

If you work in the private, independent and voluntary sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.

Fees

If you are self funding, please contact the relevant trust who will be able to confirm the fee for the module. Trust contact details are outlined in the ‘further information’ section.

Further information

For further information regarding this module, please contact:

Professional Development Unit

Level 4 Rolle Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA

Prospective student enquiries: pduadmissions@plymouth.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)1752 586951

Current student enquiries: pdu@plymouth.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)1752 586958

You can also contact the relevant trust for further information:

Jess Talbert (nee Groves), module lead

NICU, Level 5

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Email: jessica.groves@nhs.net