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Neonatal Examination and Behavioural Assessment  (NR3025)

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The Module is specifically designed to meet the needs of midwives and specialist neonatal nurses.  The module aims to extend their knowledge and understanding, and skills to undertake a neonatal examination and behavioural assessment. This will mirror the philosophy of the document Designed for Life: Creating world class Health and Social Care for Wales in the 21st Century (Welsh Assembly Government 2005) and support the strategic vision which places the emphasis on ‘putting patients first’ (Welsh Assembly Government 2002, Department of Health 2000, 2004). It is has long been recognised the above practitioners are adaptable in their practice to improve services (Department of Health 1999) and that this often involves the acquisition of new knowledge and skills, development of existing skills, and multi-disciplinary working (The Royal College of Midwives 2000, National Assembly for Wales 2000, Welsh Assembly Government 2002, 2005, Department of Health 2003, Midwifery 2020 UK Programme, 2010).

This module will enable these practitioners to increase their support to women and their families during the childbirth period. Midwives are the lead professional for the delivery of care to mothers and babies during normal pregnancy and birth, and together with specialist neonatal nurses they provide primary care for healthy babies in the first postnatal month. The ongoing examination of the neonate, at birth, within 48 hours, at ten days and later is an integral part of child health surveillance and an area of competence that has traditionally been undertaken by Paediatricians, General Practitioners and Community Health Physicians. However as a result of strategic changes within the health care sector midwives and specialist neonatal nurses are developing their practice to include the routine examination of normal newborn babies.


The duration of the module is 20 weeks, and will consist of 20 study days (guided study / contact).

Course Dates 

This module will next run in the academic year 2015/16


Clinical portfolio and reflection together with a 3000 word written assignment.


Ty Dewi Sant, Heath Park Campus.

Module leader:

Mrs Janet Israel

Position:Lecturer: Midwifery
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2091 7716Extension: 7716