In the Foundations for Neonatal Care module you will focus upon developing the specialist knowledge and skills to provide a high standard of low dependency neonatal care to infants and their families, in a variety of care settings. It is a requirement of the module that you are employed as a health care provider involved in the care of neonates for example: health visitor, neonatal nurse, paediatric nurse, health care assistant or nursery nurse. The Foundations for Neonatal Care module can be studied as a standalone module and is also a pre-requisite for registered nurses accessing the high dependency neonatal care and the intensive neonatal nursing care modules. Successful completion of the three modules enables registered nurses to become neonatal nurses Qualified in Speciality (RCN 2012).
This module includes work-based learning and assessment in practice, in addition to university-based learning. This means you will need to demonstrate some clinical skills in practice and have a suitably qualified colleague assess your competence. They will do this using a Practice Assessment Document which will be provided when you start the module.
Students’ training needs should be assessed individually by their Trust, and placements arranged accordingly, to ensure the student is able to successfully complete the mandatory competencies for the module. In the first instance, students should be assessed against the mandatory competencies in their own workplace. They should be able to achieve all the competencies in their own workplace, provided they work in at least a Level 1 neonatal unit. For those who are not working in a neonatal unit, they should identify with their practice assessor those competencies that cannot be completed in their own workplace, and which therefore require placement in a different unit. A minimum 2-week placement in a neonatal unit for the student's regional Cluster is generally recommended to achieve the mandatory competencies, which should be proactively negotiated by the student with the support of their line manager and organisation, using the documentation provided. The module organiser is available to provide guidance regarding this process but cannot arrange placements on behalf of individual students or Trusts.
To join the module students will need to demonstrate the ability to study at level 6. This could be demonstrated through previous study at Level 6 and/or achievement of above 55% on a level 5 qualification.