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Care of the Neonate in High Dependency and Special Care University Certificate in Professional Development

You progress towards achieving the neonatal nurse qualification in speciality (QIS) status within the neonatal special and high dependency care setting.


14 weeks


Course overview

 This module is part of a 60-credit award delivered as two 30-credit, degree-level modules spanning one academic year. The other module is: Care of the Neonate in Intensive Care. The module enables you to:

  • further develop your understanding of the principles and clinical concepts relating to neonatal special and high dependency care
  • further develop your knowledge and skills in neonatal special and high dependency care
  • progress towards achieving the neonatal nurse qualified in speciality status.

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Course details

What you study

This module covers topics such as system-related neonatal physiology, neonatal nursing care, focusing on:
• fluid, electrolyte, nutrition and elimination management
• neurological, development care and pain management
• respiratory and cardiovascular management
• skin, hygiene and infection control management
• infant temperature management
• palliative care, end-of-life care and bereavement management
• investigations, tests and procedures.

You must complete a portfolio of competencies in your own practice area. You are mentored throughout by a member of the neonatal nursing team who has neonatal qualified in speciality status.

How you learn

Learning and teaching strategies consist of a mixture of formal lectures, seminars, workshops, group work, high-fidelity simulation exercises and blended learning. You have the opportunity to share your experiences from clinical practice.

Where relevant, carers are invited to share their experiences of the healthcare journey. While specialist lecture input by staff within the Northern Neonatal Network helps disseminate knowledge and care standardisation across the network as well as promoting shared learning.

Care studies are drawn from practice to share learning and explore the theory underpinning practice. You use our virtual learning environment, e-learning@tees to support your student-centred learning throughout the module.

The module leader delivers most of the sessions but, at times, guest speakers are invited to share their knowledge and expertise.

You are expected to do further reading around the topics covered in class to consolidate your learning.

How you are assessed

Summative Assessment

• 2000 word case study focusing on a specific intervention in neonates
• Multiple Choice Questionnaire (MCQ)
• Portfolio of Competencies to be completed alongside your practice mentor


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants should be a registered nurse and/or a registered midwife currently working within a neonatal unit.



Career opportunities

Once qualified in speciality, and as an experienced neonatal nurse, you may choose to further develop your knowledge, skills and competence to expert level and be able to function in a more independent role. You can consider a master’s programme and become an advanced neonatal nurse practitioner. You may also use the credits awarded to contribute to a top-up degree.



2024/25 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Length: 14 weeks
  • On campus
  • Start date: September
  • Level: Degree
  • Credits: 30

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