The individualised care of multiple birth families from conception to 1 year - Module

  • Level: CPD
  • Starting: September 2019, March 2020
  • Study mode: Module - Distance Learning (10 weeks), Distance Learning (10 Weeks)
  • Location: Online Learning
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If your role brings you into regular contact with multiple birth families, then this is the ideal CPD module for you. You will learn about the specialised and individualised care that multiple birth families need from conception to one year and also share your experiences with other allied health and social care professionals.

This is a foundation module that draws on evidence, policies and research being carried out by the Elizabeth Bryan Multiple Birth Centre.

Why Choose Us?

  • Clinically focused content
  • An opportunity to examine your practice critically
  • A strong focus on current issues and an emphasis on the practical application of knowledge
  • Each module has a bespoke "Moodle" based website which contains all module documentation, handouts, links to key documents and supplementary articles of interest
  • Ongoing support from staff both academically whilst in university to facilitate your development as a learner
  • Excellence in delivering high quality standards of flexible and bespoke academic provision for post qualifying practitioners
  • Links with healthcare providers
  • State-of-the-art facilities

This course is open to International students

UK or EU students (Self Funded)

Funding Pathway Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Self Funded Level 6 Module Sep 2019 DL 10 weeks £680 per 20-credit module
Mar 2020 DL 10 weeks £680 per 20-credit module
Level 7 Module Sep 2019 DL 10 weeks £680 per 20-credit module
Mar 2020 DL 10 Weeks £680 per 20-credit module

UK or EU students (Employer Funded)

Funding Pathway Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Employer Funded Level 6 Module Sep 2019 DL 10 weeks £680 per 20-credit module
Mar 2020 DL 10 Weeks £680 per 20-credit module
Level 7 Module Sep 2019 DL 10 weeks
TBC
Mar 2020 DL 10 Weeks
TBC

International Students

Funding Pathway Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Self Funded Level 6 Module Sep 2019 DL 10 weeks £680 per 20-credit module
Mar 2020 DL 10 Weeks £680 per 20-credit module
Level 7 Module Sep 2019 DL 10 weeks £680 per 20-credit module
Mar 2020 DL 10 Weeks £680 per 20-credit module

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. 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 up to a maximum of five per cent.

Course structure 

The module is delivered as part of the Healthcare Professional Practice Programme at level 6 and 7. This module is one that is either a stand-alone module or contributes to gaining an academic award through the pathways below.

Pathway awards in Healthcare 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. 

Funding Opportunities

Find out more about funding sources that may be able to support with course fees for this online module. Application deadlines for these funds are spread throughout the year

Funding Opportunities

Level 6

Module Description
20 credits

The number of multiple births in the UK has been increasing with nearly 11,000 births in 2014 (ONS, 2015). The increasing use of infertility treatments alongside advancements in the care and survival of premature infants, have been attributed to the visible and increasing representation of multiple births within society. As parents adjust to family life and caring for two or more babies, who may have also been born prematurely, they are faced with many social, emotional, practical and economic challenges. Pregnancy and the transition to parenthood are widely recognised as critical time periods that will influence longer term outcomes for infants and their families. Multiple birth families require health and social care practitioners who are both knowledgeable and able to effectively support them, in order to ensure that they receive the right level of care and support at the right time. To this end, this module will introduce practitioners to the discrete and potentially complex bio-psycho-social needs of multiple birth families, from conception to 1 year of age.

This module is aimed at health care practitioners whose roles bring them in to contact with multiple birth families and wish to gain further knowledge and skills in caring and supporting them.

This e-learning module aligns with the Programme philosophy and is designed to be flexible and practice-led. You will have the opportunity to develop skills of enquiry, reflection and problem solving. You will be encouraged to think critically and share practice experiences with your fellow students, as well as engaging in both directed and self-directed learning activities. You will be an active partner in your own learning and development and in return you will receive regular feedback and feed-forward aimed at developing your academic and practice-based skills, and have the opportunity to discuss your progress with the module team. We will also be drawing upon the experiences of parents of multiples and these perspectives will form an essential part of the module.

Level 7

Module Description
20 credits

The number of multiple births in the UK has been increasing with nearly 11,000 births in 2014 (ONS, 2015). The increasing use of infertility treatments alongside advancements in the care and survival of premature infants, have been attributed to the visible and increasing representation of multiple births within society. As parents adjust to family life and caring for two or more babies, who may have also been born prematurely, they are faced with many social, emotional, practical and economic challenges. Pregnancy and the transition to parenthood are widely recognised as critical time periods that will influence longer term outcomes for infants and their families. Multiple birth families require health and social care practitioners who are both knowledgeable and responsive and are able to adapt and lead in the provision of high quality, individualised care and support. To this end, this module will introduce practitioners to the necessary evidence based knowledge, skill and expertise to meet the discrete and potentially complex bio-psycho-social needs of multiple birth families, from conception to 1 year of age.

This module is aimed predominantly at Graduate health care practitioners whose roles bring them in to contact with multiple birth families and wish to gain further knowledge and skills in caring and supporting them.

This e-learning module aligns with the Programme philosophy and is designed to be flexible and practice-led. You will have the opportunity to develop skills of enquiry, reflection and problem solving. You will be encouraged to think critically and share practice experiences with your fellow students, as well as engaging in both directed and self-directed learning activities. You will be an active partner in your own learning and development and in return you will receive regular feedback and feed-forward aimed at developing your academic and practice-based skills, and have the opportunity to discuss your progress with the module team. You will be actively encouraged to reflect on your current practice, critically evaluate the evidence base that informs it and act as a change agent in the dissemination of new knowledge. We will also be drawing upon the experiences of parents of multiples and these perspectives form an essential part of the module.

Course Content

The module is delivered online only over 10 weeks. 

The eLearning activities are designed to promote skills of enquiry, reflection and problem solving within a supportive community of practice.

Key module content includes:

  • Introduction to multiple births including incidence, how multiples occur and the diagnosis of a multiple pregnancy (including zygosity & chorionicity)
  • The experience of pregnancy, birth and postnatal care, including neonatal care
  • Parenting multiple babies during the first year, including maternal and paternal mental health, infant feeding, child development and promoting healthy relationships.

The teaching team associated with the delivery of this module includes academics and doctoral researchers from Midwifery, Health Visiting, Neonatal and Children’s Nursing and Maternal and Child Physiology.

Course dates

Please check the course dates to see when your module is available throughout the year.

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Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 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 cutting-edge facilities.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

Nathalie Turville

Nathalie Turville

Senior Lecturer - Child Nursing

Nathalie is a Senior Lecturer in the Department for Children and Young People’s Health. Her principle teaching subjects include neonatal care, children’s nursing; education and research ethics. 

Enquiries

For any enquiries about this course please contact the course leader, Nathalie Turville on:

Or the module leader, Laura Maguire on:

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