Neonatal Critical Care (Professional Practice)

Attendance:
Part Time (30 Weeks)
Starting:
September 2017, December 2017
Campus:
Fees:
£656 per module for UK/EU Part Time 2017 entry (view all fees)

Once you have you have completed your Foundation Course in neonates, the Critical Care pathway will broaden your knowledge in clinical practice and physiology. This enables confidence to work as a competent practitioner with in the speciality.

What's covered in the course?

During the programme you are given the clinical based knowledge which will be reinforced by some sessions being delivered by experts within the area. The broader issues associated with such an emotional area of work are often overlooked. The course will attempt to introduce you to key aspects of this to enable you to consider how you will manage these issues in the future. This will also enable you to assist others who need your support. 

This clinical based knowledge will be underpinned by supporting physiology that will be delivered by an experienced physiologist and expert in the field. This depth of expertise will reinforce the appreciation of the families’ situation and increase your satisfaction.

Learning and assessing is carried out with the overview of delivering skills that you will benefit from being able to use throughout your career; such as being able to make a poster to display at a conference.

Sessions are delivered at Birmingham City University's City South Campus, to encourage the use of the facilities available to support your learning. Support for all types of learning are provided on campus and online to enable you to maximise the experience of being a student on this campus.

Why Choose Us?

  • The programme is devised to give you the 360 degree experience to complement the beginning of your career in neonatal nursing.
  • Neonatal programmes are used to map career progression with the clinical area. By offering the course at level six and level seven, we can also aid with your academic progression, as you feel is appropriate for your planned career pathway.
  • The wide range of clinical experts that provide their breath of know-how enable you to be really aware of how this knowledge can impact on your clinical practice. This ultimately helps develop your relationships with the families and improves their experience too.
  • The detailed physiology that is taught on the course enables you to be able to truly understand what is happening and gives you the confidence to deal with each situation confidently and with a high level of competence.
  • As the role of the neonatal practitioner develops, completing this programme will enable you realise where you are most comfortable within the clinical area and facilitate the best outcome for the neonate and their family.

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Open Days

Our next Open Day for this course will take place in 2018. Register your interest and we'll let you know details as soon as they are available.

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New £10,280 postgraduate loans

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This course is not open to International students

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UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Sep 2017 PT 30 Weeks £656 per module
Dec 2017 PT 30 Weeks £656 per module

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Course structure

You can choose to study this programme as a complete pathway award (full or part-time) or as a standalone module, dependent on your individual need and the needs of your organisation. All programmes offer a convenient part-time format to fit around home and work commitments

Pathway awards in Neonatal Critical Care can lead to:

  • Module only Professional Practice Level 6
  • Module only Professional Practice Level 7
  • BSc Professional Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Professional Practice 
  • Grad Cert Professional Practice 
  • PG Cert Professional Practice
  • PG Dip Professional Practice
  • MSc Professional Practice

How to apply

Complete the online application form via the link above, including the name of the pathway or module you are enrolling onto. 

Additional costs

The assessment in the module 'Reflective Applications of Neonatal Critical Care' is a poster, which will require printing to be paid for.

This course is available part-time

Degree (Level 6)

How it works

You can choose to study this programme as a complete pathway award or as a standalone module. 

All taught study days take place at City South Campus. Some days are set up as self-directed study. This enables you to decide on your own priorities to allow for wider research and reading and to prepare for assessment. This should enable a deeper level of learning to occur. 

Neonatal Critical Care in Practice
20 credits

The focus of the module at level 6 and 7 is the physiology of the cardiac, respiratory and renal system with relevant clinical perspective to give a deeper understanding of basic neonatal conditions.

Reflective Applications of Neonatal Critical Care
20 credits

The focus of this module at level 6 and 7 is the physiology of the liver, gut and brain with appropriate clinical interpretation to enable the linking of this to all appropriate babies. 

Broader Principles of Neonatal Critical Care
20 credits

This module covers the wider perspectives that surround neonatal care. There is consideration of the ethical issues, religion, holistic family centred care, as well as the consideration of withdrawal of life sustaining care and palliation of care afterwards. 

Using Research Evidence in Practice
20 credits

This module gives you the opportunity to:

  • Examine the process of devising an answerable question arising from clinical practice. 
  • Implement strategies for accessing and retrieving sources of relevant evidence.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate sources of evidence using appropriate frameworks.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the knowledge and skills required to successfully implement evidence into practice.
Negotiated Study
20 credits

This module allows you the opportunity to:

  • Critically analyse the contemporary literature relating to your chosen topic.
  • Formulate arguments to demonstrate in depth knowledge relating to your chosen topic.
  • Analyse how this learning has supported or developed knowledge and practice.
Optional Module
20 credits

Choose from a range of modules available:

  • Analysing the High Dependency Care of Children and Young People
  • Care of Patients Receiving a Stem Cell Transplant
  • Development of Multiple Sclerosis Care and Management for Specialist Nurses and Therapists
  • Developing Specialist Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Developing Surgical First Assistance
  • Essential Academic Skills for Study
  • Health Assessment
  • Introduction to Epilepsy Care and Management
  • Introduction to palliative Care and End of Life Care
  • Leading the Implementation of Excellence in Care and Patient Safety
  • Management and Care of the Patient in the Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit
  • Managing Intraoperative Surgical Care
  • Minor Injury
  • Profiling Experiential Learning
  • Rediscovering Essentials of Psychological and Emotional Care
  • Systemic Anti-Cancer Drug Therapy (Chemotherapy): Principles, Practice and Care
  • The Impact of Living With and Beyond Cancer
  • The Individualised Care of Multiple Birth Families from Conception to Year 1
  • Therapeutic Approaches to Working with People Whose Behaviour is Challenging

Postgraduate (Level 7)

All taught study days take place at City South Campus. Some days are set up as self-directed study. This enables you to decide on your own priorities to allow for wider research and reading and to prepare for assessment. This should enable a deeper level of learning to occur. 

Neonatal Critical Care in Practice
20 credits

The focus of the module at level 6 and 7 is the physiology of the cardiac, respiratory and renal system with relevant clinical perspective to give a deeper understanding of basic neonatal conditions.

Reflective Applications of Neonatal Critical Care
20 credits

The focus of this module at level 6 and 7 is the physiology of the liver, gut and brain with appropriate clinical interpretation to enable the linking of this to all appropriate babies. 

Broader Principles of Neonatal Critical Care
20 credits

This module covers the wider perspectives that surround neonatal care. There is consideration of the ethical issues, religion, holistic family centred care, as well as the consideration of withdrawal of life sustaining care and palliation of care afterwards. 

Research: Methods of Enquiry
20 credits

You will be provided with quantitative and qualitative research methods that will satisfy your learning needs. You will identify a population and sample, consider methods of data collection and analysis, strengthen credibility and apply ethical principles, providing a sound foundation for your final Masters project.

Leadership Skills and Project Management for Health
20 credits

Through a flexible provision, on this module students are inspired to reflect critically upon their individual learning needs as well as their organisations’ practices, to appraise and apply concepts from the literature on leadership, to issues of relevance for their role, organisation and overall programme of study.

This module also focuses on pursuing excellence in leadership and project management principles and encouraging practice-led, applied knowledge for students to lead service improvement and/or policy change effectively and efficiently.

Optional Module
20 credits

Choose from a range of modules available:

  • Analysing the High Dependency Care of Children and Young People
  • Care of Patients Receiving a Stem Cell Transplant
  • Development of Multiple Sclerosis Care and Management for Specialist Nurses and Therapists
  • Developing Specialist Practice in Health and Social Care
  • Developing Surgical First Assistance
  • Essential Academic Development Skills for MSc Level Practice
  • Introduction to Epilepsy Care and Management
  • Introduction to palliative Care and End of Life Care
  • Leading the Implementation of Excellence in Care and Patient Safety
  • Management and Care of the Patient in the Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit
  • Managing Intraoperative Surgical Care
  • Minor Injury
  • Profiling Experiential Learning
  • Rediscovering Essentials of Psychological and Emotional Care
  • Systemic Anti-Cancer Drug Therapy (Chemotherapy): Principles, Practice and Care
  • The Impact of Living With and Beyond Cancer
  • The Individualised Care of Multiple Birth Families from Conception to Year 1
  • Therapeutic Approaches to Working with People Whose Behaviour is Challenging
Research Dissertation
60 credits

For those undertaking MSc only. The dissertation module gives you the opportunity to:

  • Initiate, plan and design an investigation into an academic area of professional practice 
  • Conduct an academic study considering its theoretical underpinning and offer insight into an area of professional practice
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyse, synthesise and evaluate findings appropriate to the study undertaken
  • Critically reflect on the processes undertaken as part of the study and offer creative solutions for future studies.

Degree (Level 6)

Pathway Level
Level 6 - Year 1
Modules completed 
Neonatal Critical Care in Practice (LBR6566)
Reflective Applications of Neonatal Critical Care (LBR6568)
Broader Principles of Neonatal Critical Care (LBR6560)
Exit Awards
Grad Cert/BSc Professional Practice (Neonatal Critical Care)

Level 6 - Year 2 (BSc (Hons only)
Using Research Evidence in Practice (LBR6533)
Negotiated Study (LBR6547)
Optional Module
BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (Neonatal Critical Care)

Postgraduate (Level 7)

Pathway Level
Level 7 - Year 1
Modules completed 
Neonatal Critical Care in Practice (LBR7516)
Reflective Applications of Neonatal Critical Care (LBR7518)
Broader Principles of Neonatal Critical Care (LBR7513)
Exit Awards
PG Cert Professional Practice (Neonatal Critical Care)

Level 7 - Year 2
Research: Methods of Enquiry (LBR7339)
Leadership Skills and Project Management for Health (LBR7399)
Optional Module
PG Dip Professional Practice (Neonatal Critical Care)

Level 7 - Year 3
Research Dissertation
MSc Professional Practice (Neonatal Critical Care)
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Student Nursing Times Award Winner

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Course dates

Please check the course dates to see when your chosen modules are available throughout the year.

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Teaching and assessment breakdown

  • One study day per week with three two-hour sessions
  • Neonatal OSCE
  • Defended poster
  • Portfolio with patchwork text

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses some of the best learning facilities in the UK.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Virtual Case Creator

For pre-registration midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.

Hospital Ward

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.

The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.

Skills Practice and Clinical Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Biomedical Laboratories

We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

The SIM men and SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

You will have access to all of the University’s libraries, including the main Kenrick Library on the City North Campus, which is open for almost 90 hours a week and holds more than 320,000 books, 2,000 print journals and carries more than 4,000 electronic journals online.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Susan Ward-Smith

Senior Lecturer in Neonatal Nursing

Sue Ward-Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Neonatal Nursing.

Her career in neonatal care began in the 1980s, shortly after Sue qualified as an adult nurse. Accepting a placement on a neonatal unit, Sue began to specialise in the subject and completed a City & Guilds teaching course at the turn of the 1990s. She was then offered the opportunity to run the neonatal award at Birmingham City University, which led to a permanent offer of employment. Sue has also gained experience as a child field admissions tutor, expanding her experiences and broadening her skills.

The Dimensions in Health Care Neonatal Award has recruited staff from neonatal units across a wide geographical area, and continues to receive positive feedback from managers and students alike.  

Enquiries

For all course enquiries please contact the Neonatal Critical Care Pathway Leader, Sue Ward-Smith on:

Any applicant must be in a job that enables them to care for sick and premature newborn and must have a qualification that enables them to work within a neonatal unit setting as a qualified member of the team. A minimum of six months.

Professional Navigator

The Professional Practice Programme consists of a selection of modules that can be studied on their own or as part of an award. For help in deciding which modules to study or your outcome award please contact our Professional Navigators on navigator@bcu.ac.uk 

Professional practice routes

Have a look at all of our professional practice healthcare routes available

Professional Practice Routes

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295