Applied neonatal pathophysiology


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.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Critically discuss fetal neonatal adaptation and development through a systems approach, focusing on anatomy, physiology and assessment.
  2. Critically analyse and discuss neonatal pathophysiology underpinning present and changing neonatal practice.
  3. Evaluate the impact of neonatal pharmacology and pharmacokinetics on care issues.
  4. Utilise knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology to assist families in understanding their infants’ conditions and the care/treatment required.


Who is the module for?

Healthcare practitioners such as nurses, nursery nurses and paramedics with a minimum of three months neonatal care experience and have successfully completed a work-based orientation programme.

Module code: HP6046X

Number of credits and level of study: 15 credits at level 6

Assessment: Unseen examination

Location: St George’s, University of London

Pattern of Delivery: 5 days

Module dates:*

  • 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 September, 2, 9 October, Exam 6, 13 November 2017
  • 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 23, 30 April, Exam 4, 5 June 2018

*Dates may change

Fee: £800

Module leader: Elisabeth Podsiadly

Programme: This module is part of the Healthcare Practice DipHE/BSc(Hons)/GradCert


Contact the PPD Programme Office who will be happy to help you with any queries.