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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.

Standalone modules are an excellent way to enhance your knowledge and contribute to your continuing professional development portfolio. Successful completion of each module will provide you with institutional credit, but the standalone modules listed here are not designed to build towards a specific award (e.g. PgCert/PgDip/MSc). If you are interested in study leading to a named award, please view our MSc Advancing Practice in Neonatology.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 for advice.

How to apply

Please contact our Postgraduate Taught Admissions Team for details on how to apply.

Funding and fees

Please check our tuition fees pages for these programmes.

Postgraduate Taught Admissions Team

School of Medicine