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Examination of the Newborn

Examination of the Newborn

Level 6, 30 Credits

Course aim

If you are a Registered Midwife/Neonatal Nurse, this course will enable you to acquire the knowledge, skills and expertise to become professionally competent in the examination and assessment of the newborn. You will also be able to take responsibility and accountability for the discharge examination.

Course length

This part-time course will be delivered over 30 weeks during one academic year. During the course you will have seven 'protected practice' days (one day a month) which you will use to undertake your practical examinations.

Course cost

The cost for this CPD module is £40.00 per credit for both CPD apply and self-funded routes.

Course structure

You will complete 300 hours of learning:

  • 60 theory hours
  • 120 clinically focssed hours
  • 120 hours spent on reflection and private study

The programme will be delivered via:

  • practical skills development sessions
  • seminars
  • group work
  • lectures 
  • tutorials
Attendance

Examination of the Newborn runs once a year commencing in September through to June. You will attend for 12 days of formal study arranged over a 5-day block week and 7 follow-up days covering a 30 week period.

Course content

The course integrates theory and practice; practical placement experience in the clinical environment is compulsory. You will study the following topics:

  • foetal and neonatal physiology, including common congenital defects and abnormalities
  • the influence that maternal health, family history, labour and perinatal events has upon the health of the newborn
  • the concepts of philosophical, ethical, legal and professional issues relevant to advanced midwifery practice and extending the role of the midwife
  • the theoretical basis of healthcare research, audit and quality assurance
  • the critical appraisal of the health status of the full term infant
Assessment

Both the theoretical and clinical aspects of the course will be assessed. 

You will be required to:

  • complete 5 summatively assessed examinations of the newborn, with a completed clinical portfolio
  • present a case study with a supporting paper
Entry requirements

In order to be considered for this course, you must:

  • be a registered midwife/neonatal nurse currently on the NMC Professional register
  • be a registered midwife/neonatal nurse currently in practice with at least 2 years experience
  • have commitment from unit paediatric staff and ward managers
  • have evidence of previous Level 5 study or equivalent
  • identify a clinical assessor who support your study on the course
CPD award

This Continuing Professional Development programme can be studied within the BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care Development award framework or as a single CPD.

Study dates

Dates for the coming year will be available shortly.

How to apply

If your CPD course is funded by NHS North West, please apply through the CPD apply system. You can contact your Trust Training Lead for further advice on this process.

If you are funding the course yourself, please apply using the postgraduate online application form

Further information

Further information is available in our CPD for healthcare professionals brochure.

Faculty Admissions Team
Faculty of Education, Health and Community
Liverpool John Moores University
79 Tithebarn Street
Liverpool L2 2ER

T: 0151 231 5829
E: Health@ljmu.ac.uk

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