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

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....

Studying with us in 2021/22

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  • School School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

Overview

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.

This course is open to International students.

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

Fees & How to Apply

  • International students

Award: Module

Starting: Oct 2021

Funding: Self Funded

Pathway: Level 6

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 10 Weeks
  • £720 per 20 credit module

Award: Module

Starting: Mar 2022

Funding: Self Funded

Pathway: Level 7

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 10 Weeks
  • £720 per 20 credit module

Award: Module

Starting: Oct 2021

Funding: Employer Funded

Pathway: Level 6

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 10 Weeks
  • TBC

Award: Module

Starting: Mar 2022

Funding: Employer Funded

Pathway: Level 7

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 10 Weeks
  • £720 per 20 credit module

Award: Module

Starting: Oct 2021

Funding: Self Funded

Pathway: Level 6

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 10 Weeks
  • £720 per 20 credit module

Award: Module

Starting: Mar 2022

Funding: Self Funded

Pathway: Level 7

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Distance Learning
  • 10 Weeks
  • £720 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. 

Course in Depth

Level 6

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

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.

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Facilities and Staff

 

Our Facilities

Our School of Nursing and Midwifery is based at our City South campus in leafy Edgbaston.

We’ve spent £41million expanding our facilities at City South. These facilities offer hands-on practical experience, replicating the spaces you will come across in professional practice.

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that you learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. Alongside physical spaces such as a mock operating theatre and wards, we also make use of online and virtual technology, such as our virtual ward and virtual case creator.

See more of our skills facilities at City South

Centre for Skills and Simulation

The Centre for Skills and Simulation offers a range of different spaces which replicate situations that you will encounter in practice. These include hospital wards, an operating theatre and a home environment room.

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. The hospital wards can be adapted from low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

The home environment room is the perfect space for teaching communications skills and allows us to simulate a community setting for our students. It is particularly useful for mental health nurses, learning disability nurses and midwives.

Simulation Manikins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and simulation babies (SIM babies) which are anatomically correct manikins 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 manikins contain software which replicates real symptoms, and can manipulate indicators such as blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM man can even ‘talk’ to the students as they are treating him, to add another dimension to learning.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building has two open-access IT Suites which offer PCs, printers, photocopiers and scanners. There is also an IT Helpdesk for quick and easy help with your computing or internet issues.

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.

In addition to desktop PCs, we also offer a laptop loan facility, allowing students to borrow a laptop for up to six hours while on campus.

Our staff

Nathalie Turville

Senior Lecturer - Child Nursing

Nathalie Turville is a Senior Lecturer within the Department for Children and Young People’s Health at Birmingham City University. Nathalie qualified as a Children’s Nurse in 1991 and specialised in neonatal cardiology and surgery.

More about Nathalie

Enquiries

Enquiries

For any enquiries about this course please contact us on: mbm@bcu.ac.uk

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