High dependency neonatal care


High dependency neonatal care

This module is the third 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 high dependency infant is dependent both on the clinical skills of the 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 for a high dependency baby and family.

This module will enable students to:

  • Develop and enhance their knowledge and specialist skills in high dependency care practice.
  • Develop their knowledge and understanding of the impact of high dependency on the family.
  • Explore and address contemporary issues in neonatology and neonatal care practice.


Learning outcomes:

  1. Critically analyse and evaluate the skills required for the neonatal nurse to provide family-centred care in a high dependency care setting.
  2. Critically discuss the range of support services available to meet physical and psychosocial needs of infants and families and facilitate their use.
  3. Critically discuss the range of evidence and research underpinning the care of the high dependency care baby and family.
  4. Critically analyse and evaluate the skills required to deliver safe patient-centred care.
  5. Debate the innovations and new modalities in care, critically analysing the benefits/disadvantages of innovations.


Who is the module for? Healthcare practitioners who have completed the Applied neonatal pathophysiology and Neonatal special and transitional care undergraduate modules.

Module code: HP6054X

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

Assessment: Reflection and competency assessment document (CAD)

Location: St George’s, University of London

Pattern of Delivery: 5 days

Module dates:*

  • 27 November, 4, 18 December 2017, 15, 29 January 2018
  • 18, 25 June, 9, 23 July, 6 August 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.