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Applied neonatal pathophysiology/Neonatal special and transitional care

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Applied neonatal pathophysiology/Neonatal special and transitional care

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.)

Learning outcomes:

Applied neonatal pathophysiology:

  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.

 

Neonatal special and transitional care:

  1. Critically discuss and analyse current frameworks used for the provision of neonatal services.
  2. Critically analyse and evaluate the skills required for the neonatal healthcare practitioner to provide family-centred care in a special care setting.
  3. Critically discuss the range of support services available to meet physical and psychosocial needs of infants and families and facilitate their use.
  4. Critically discuss the range of evidence and research underpinning the care of the special care baby and family.
  5. Critically analyse and evaluate the skills required to deliver safe patient-centred care.

 

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/HP6056X

Number of credits and level of study: 15 credits at level 6 for each course (30 for the two courses)

Assessment:

  • Applied neonatal pathophysiology: Unseen examination
  • Neonatal special and transitional care: reflection

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: £1600

Module leader: Applied neonatal pathophysiology and Neonatal special and transitional care: Elisabeth Podsiadly

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

Questions?

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