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Neonatal Medicine

These online modules provide Continuing Professional Development (CPD) education for hospital practitioners, trainees, nursing and paramedical staff and other professionals who are involved in the multidisciplinary care of neonates and very young children.

All modules can be studied individually to contribute to your your continuing professional development portfolio and as part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Neonatal Medicine. Each standalone 20 credit Level 7 module runs once per academic year and is delivered entirely online via distance-learning.

Assessment will involve a variety of methods including tests of knowledge and understanding (MCQs, Objective Tests, Short Answer Tests), personal reflection on practice, contribution to case based discussions and written work.

Please refer to the course page for full details of each of the modules.

The aim of this module is to explore concepts fundamental to the respiratory care of neonates. You will study different lung volumes and capacities and the principles of ventilation.

The benefits of different forms of ventilation will be discussed in order to teach risk-benefit analysis and the justification of specific ventilation strategies and communicating these effectively to colleagues and parents. Steroid use and its consequences will be considered. Medical conditions covered will include chronic lung disease and secondary pulmonary hypertension.

Dates

1 October 2018 - 10 December 2018

The aim of this module is to explore concepts fundamental to the neurological care of neonates.  You will study CSF circulation, the vulnerabilities of the preterm brain and specific differences between preterm and term brain injury. Important conditions to be covered include IVH, PVL and HIE. The causes of term brain injury will be explored including stroke, infection and hyperbilirubinemia.

The module will also focus on the causes and management of neonatal seizures. Throughout, a key aspect to be considered will be the long term consequences of brain injury and related clinical decisions, communicating these effectively to colleagues and parents.

Dates

1 October 2018 - 10 December 2018

The aim of this module is to explore concepts fundamental to the cardiovascular care of neonates.  You will study fetal circulation, adaptations after birth and the assessment of cardiac status. The causes and management of hypotension and hypertension will be an important focus of the module as will the detection and management of arrhythmias.

In relation to treatment the module will include study of the cardiac receptors and the actions of inotropes. Some consideration will also be given to congenital cardiac abnormalities. The module covers the development and justification of strategies for cardiovascular care in neonates and current controversies in management.

Dates

7 January 2019 - 18 March 2019

The aim of this module is to explore concepts fundamental to the nutritional care of neonates.  You will study the nutritional requirements of neonates and discuss the benefits of breast milk. A comparison of different feeding methods and appropriate methods to increase feeds when the circumstances require it will be considered.

The pathophysiology, risk factors and diagnosis of Necrotising Enterocolitis (NEC) will be covered, alongside a study of prevention strategies, medical/surgical management and long term complications of NEC.

Dates

7 January 2019 - 18 March 2019

Specific challenges arise when care teams have to deal with situations involving the emergency treatment and critical care of neonates. The module will teach the principles of resuscitation at birth and explore the different requirements of a preterm and a term infant.

By looking in detail at these requirements and the underlying physiology, it is intended that you will be able to develop and justify appropriate care strategies, communicating these effectively to colleagues and parents. Physiological adaptation at birth in regard to fluids and electrolytes and how to manage fluids and electrolytes in critical care situations will also be considered.

Dates

1 April - 10 June 2019

Deciding when to transport a neonate or child and how to ensure the highest standards of safety and care whilst doing so are crucial issues for any healthcare system. The module will consider the benefits and justifications for centralised vs distributed organisation of health services.

The importance and nature of risk assessment in transport scenarios will be discussed, including the issue of speed versus safety.  Effective team working and communication, choice of appropriate personnel, the resources required for safe and effective transport and the effect on local services will also be considered.

Dates

1 April 2019 - 10 June 2019

Entry requirements

In addition to satisfying the University’s minimum entry requirements, including English language requirements, applicants must:

  • hold a qualification in a relevant clinical subject
  • currently working in a relevant clinical area

Applicants who do not meet the above requirements should contact the Postgraduate Taught Admissions Team, School of Medicine for advice: pgtmedadmissions@cardiff.ac.uk.

How to apply

Download a postgraduate application form and all related forms, such as the referee template.

On your application form ensure that you quote the module number, the module name, and the intake date you are applying for.

Send your documents to the Postgraduate Taught Admissions Team, School of Medicine for processing: pgtmedadmissions@cardiff.ac.uk

Funding and fees

Please check our fees pages for tuition fees for these programmes.

We reserve the right to cancel the delivery of a standalone module. This could happen if a course is under-subscribed or if there is a change in circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have minimum student numbers required before they can run. This is to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered. When this happens we will issue a full or partial refund depending on whether any classes took place.

Postgraduate Taught Admissions Team

School of Medicine