MSc Advanced Paediatric and Neonatal Practice

Study mode

Part-time (2 years)

Start date(s)

September 2019

Tuition fees 19/20
Home (per credit): £38.35

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About this course

LJMU's Advanced Paediatric and Neonatal Practice MSc develops Advanced Practitioners to work in the NHS.

  • ​Develop as an autonomous, reflective advanced practitioner in neonatal, acute paediatric or paediatric ambulatory care
  • Use advanced levels of knowledge to systematically to respond to complex challenges
  • Enjoy a dynamic learning environment enabling you to meet challenges flexibly and creatively to become a proficient practitioner
  • Gain skills to assess, diagnose and manage the variety of minor injuries, illnesses and paediatric emergencies that commonly present in neonatal, acute paediatric or paediatric ambulatory care settings

​Advanced Practitioners are registered healthcare professionals who have taken on additional intensive training and mentorship to enable them to extend their role in the assessment, treatment and care of neonates, infants, children and young people. They may work in accident and emergency departments, walk-in centres, acute hospital settings or specialist units.

The programme is unique in providing an advanced practice programme specifically focused on the needs of those working in this area. It has three specialist pathways to choose from: Neonatal, Acute Paediatric Care and Ambulatory Care.

The MSc provides a very challenging, but equally rewarding and well supported learning experience which equips you with the knowledge, skills and experience that you will continue to build on as your career progresses. The course covers all elements of advanced practice; values based care, autonomous practice, critical thinking, high levels of decision-making and problem solving; reflection and improving practice; leadership, facilitating learning, research and developments. You will also explore the pathogenesis of neonatal and paediatric disease

 

processes; integration of the clinical manifestations of disease to the relevant pathophysiological mechanisms; and the subsequent relationships to assessment, diagnosis and management.

Over the course of your studies you will develop advanced clinical reasoning, critical thinking and creative problem solving skills in the assessment and management of illness and health in neonates or children and young people. 

You will explore, critically review, consolidate, extend and apply a systematic and coherent body of knowledge relating to paediatric advanced practice and the assessment and management of child health and illness in a variety of settings. On completion of the course you will recognise the boundaries of advanced professional roles and be able to articulate the legal and ethical frameworks in which the Advanced Practitioner.

Through undertaking the course alongside intensively mentored clinical experience, you will develop your confidence and competence as you progress towards the role of Advanced Paediatric and Neonatal Practitioner.

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Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)

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  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Employability

Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

There is currently no other UK provider of a programme based on this particular model. LJMU and Kids Health Matters have a strong national reputation in providing paediatric and neonatal advanced practice courses. The Cheshire and Mersey NHS Vanguard support the programme. This indicates the future demand for advanced paediatric and neonatal practitioners so, as a graduate of the programme, you will be well placed to progress your career. Previous graduates are working throughout the United Kingdom and in Australia.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

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Core Modules

Advanced Neonatal and Paediatric Physiology and Assessment
20 credits

The clinical experience for this module consists of 75 hours of paediatric or neonatal practice including 15 hours in a related sub-speciality. This will be in an appropriate setting with a relevant registered health care professional. The assessment of clinical practice will be evidenced by successful achievement of the programme competencies and must include completion of two of the following:

  • Directly Observed Procedural Skills (DOPS)
  • Mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise (mini-CEX)
  • Case-Based Discussions (CBD)

Research for Paediatric Advanced Practitioners
20 credits

This module encourages you to develop your skills as a potential producer of research, as well as your ability to systematically evaluate research outcomes from a variety of sources. It aims to:

  • provide a critical knowledge base of the philosophical foundations of applied health and social research
  • enable you to develop the skills necessary to plan and execute a research project that is relevant to your area of study
Optional Modules

Ambulatory Paediatrics 1: Common Problems in Infants and Young Children
20 credits

This module prepares you to assess, diagnose and manage the variety of well and ill child issues that commonly present among infants and young children in ambulatory settings.

Ambulatory Paediatrics 2: Common Problems in School-Age Children and Adolescents
20 credits

This module builds on the content of Ambulatory Paediatrics 1.

Ambulatory Paediatric Emergencies
20 credits

This module prepares you to assess, diagnose and manage a variety of paediatric emergency conditions and minor injuries that may present in ambulatory settings.

Acute Paediatric Care 1
20 credits

The clinical experience for this module consists of 75 hours of paediatric or neonatal practice including 15 hours in a related sub-speciality. This will be in an appropriate setting with a relevant registered healthcare professional. The assessment of clinical practice will be evidenced by successful achievement of the programme competencies and must include completion of two of the following:

  • Directly Observed Procedural Skills (DOPS)
  • Mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise (mini-CEX)
  • Case-Based Discussions (CBD.)

Acute Paediatric Care 2
20 credits

The clinical experience for this module consists of 150 hours of paediatric or neonatal practice to include 25 hours in a related sub-speciality. This will be in an appropriate setting with a relevant registered health care professional. The assessment of clinical practice will be evidenced by successful achievement of the programme competencies via the Practice Assessment Document. The Practice Assessment Document must include completion of two of the following:

  • Directly Observed Procedural Skills (DOPS)
  • Mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise (mini-CEX)
  • Case-Based Discussions (CBD.)

Acute Paediatric Care 3
20 credits

The clinical experience for this module consists of 200 hours of precepted paediatric or neonatal practice to include 35 hours in a related sub-speciality. This will be in an appropriate setting with a relevant registered health care professional. The assessment of clinical practice will be evidenced by successful achievement of the programme competencies via the Practice Assessment Document. 

Foundations of Neonatal Care
20 credits

The clinical experience for this module consists of 75 hours of neonatal practice including 15 hours in an alternative sub-speciality. This will be in an appropriate setting with a relevant registered health care professional. The assessment of clinical practice will be evidenced by successful achievement of the programme competencies via the the Practice Assessment Document. 

Acute Neonatal Care
20 credits

The clinical experience for this module consists of 150 hours of neonatal practice, including 25 hours in an alternative sub-speciality. This will be in an appropriate setting with a relevant registered health care professional. The assessment of clinical practice will be evidenced by successful achievement of the programme competencies via the Practice Assessment Document. The Practice Assessment Document must include completion of two of the following:

  • Directly Observed Procedural Skills (DOPS)
  • Mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise (mini-CEX)
  • Case-Based Discussions (CBD.)

Complex Neonatal Care
20 credits

The clinical experience for this module consists of 200 hours of precepted neonatal practice, including 35 hours in an alternative sub-speciality. This will be in an appropriate setting with a relevant registered health care professional. The assessment of clinical practice will be evidenced by successful achievement of the programme competencies via the Practice Assessment Document. 

Teaching

An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

​The course runs part-time over two years. You will need: the support of your seconding employer to enable you to attend taught sessions one day a week and two days of supervised practice with the support of an appropriately qualified mentor.

Teaching methods

The programme follows a blended learning approach. This combines traditional teaching methods with opportunities for face-to-face sessions and access to online learning facilities. This is consolidated with classroom-based discussion and critical reflection on case studies led by experienced clinicians. You may choose to attend or actively participate in several sessions on your computer at home or work, in real time, or via catch up by accessing web-based recordings at a time which is convenient to you. 

In year one you will complete clinically focussed modules, reflect on your practice and professional development and achieve the competencies required of an Advanced Paediatric and Neonatal Practitioner.

In year two you will advance your research skills and knowledge base to synthesise your learning and will complete a dissertation based on a research project you have developed and implemented. This will add to the knowledge base informing your professional practice.

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Applied learning

To complete the course you will need to be employed in a setting which will enable you to achieve the competencies associated with your chosen pathway. You will be supported via a tripartite agreement between yourself, your employer and LJMU. Practice-based mentors will be identified and will play a role in signing off each competency. This could include registered practitioners such as nurses, advanced paediatric practitioners and doctors. The development of a portfolio and competency record will complement and strategically support the ongoing process of practice learning. There are mandatory clinical practice hours associated with modules undertaken in year one.

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Assessment

How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

On this programme you will be assessed via: multiple choice exams, clinical consultation write-ups, clinical practice assessments, observed structured clinical examinations, directly observed procedural skills, clinical evaluations and reflections, case-based discussions, poster presentations and the research project.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Nick Medforth

Nick Medforth

Programme Leader

Nick has a professional background in Adult and Children’s Nursing having trained at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool and the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street in London. He has worked as a Charge Nurse on a Dialysis Unit for Children and Young People and as a Nurse Specialist for Paediatric Haematology and HIV. Nick has also worked as a Youth Worker in a Sexual Health Service for Young People in Merseyside and has been seconded to Government Office for the North West where he was Implementation Lead for a Department of Health Project across Cumbria and Lancashire aimed at improving the accessibility and quality of Health Services for Young People. He has also been a volunteer Telephone Counsellor for ChildLine North West for several years.

The programme has a significant impact on the development of the NHS workforce. Prospective students will therefore need the support of their employers to enable their attendance and participation in the programme with the support of an appropriate mentor in practice.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

Based in the City Campus, the School of Nursing and Allied Health works with a wide range of health and social care organisations to design, deliver and evaluate a dynamic suite of postgraduate programmes. In addition to specialist facilities, you will find high quality meeting and seminar rooms and lecture theatres, the Avril Robarts Library which is open 24/7 during semesters plus a large café, IT facilities and social spaces.

LJMU’s excellent educational and professional training facilities include £1.6 million practice suites which show a patient’s journey from the home environment through to rehabilitation. We use the latest clinical equipment for simulations and developing clinical skills in child, adult and mental health nursing, paramedic practice, social work and midwifery. We also have purpose-built, soundproof booths with video camera and playback facilities.


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Entry requirements

You will need:

  •  a minimum 2:2 honours degree

or

  • evidence of potential to study at Masters level

and

  • registration as a health professional (nursing, allied health or medicine) or Physician Associate 
  • evidence of organisational support with protected study and placement time
  • evidence of relevant workplace opportunities for clinical placements 
  • evidence of relevant supervision and mentoring

Additional information:

  • IELTS 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • RPL is accepted on this programme

If you have any specific queries, please contact health@ljmu.ac.uk


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Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

View country specific entry requirements

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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