Advanced Clinical Practice in Neonatal Care Degree Apprenticeship (masters)


Do you want to enhance your career opportunities and learning within the specialist field of neonatal nursing? Are you a senior neonatal nurse looking to progress without taking time away from employment?

Our Advanced Clinical Practice in Neonatal Care Apprenticeship has been developed in close collaboration with key stakeholders, including University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, to empower new and existing employees to earn an MSc Advanced Neonatal Practitioner qualification whilst in paid employment.

This work-based programme is a flexible alternative to traditional university study, and offers innovative and inspirational teaching by subject experts via a blended learning approach.

Programme overview

  • Three-year programme designed for senior neonatal nurses with an ambition to become an Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner.
  • Study in an inter-professional setting with core modules delivered by an academic team with extensive experience, as well as programme specific modules delivered by specialist neonatal practitioners.
  • Inclusive of independent and supplementary prescribing and routine examination of the newborn competencies.

Key benefits

  • @ Develop your skills in advanced clinical practice: to promote efficiency, effectiveness and quality with a resultant positive impact upon patient care.
  • @ High quality programme: equipping individuals for lead roles in management and clinical neonatal practice.
  • @ Clinically centred work-based learning and assessment: in alignment with national healthcare policy and professional bodies.
  • @ No course fees for apprentices: costs are covered by the government and/or employer.
  • @ Ongoing support: Guidance from experienced academic tutors and qualified staff throughout the programme.

Core skills

The aim of the programme is to equip practitioners to advance knowledge and skills by:-

  • Developing a contemporary approach to health and social care through advancing and utilising knowledge and skills in professional practice.
  • Ensuring professional practice is underpinned by a focus on excellence and sustainability by developing a critical, analytical and creative approach.
  • Critically reviewing trends in theory, practice and management relating to Neonatal practice.
  • Promote an understanding of the philosophy and procedures involved in research and use of evidence.

"We are delighted to offer the first Advanced Clinical Practice apprenticeships in the South West. On successful completion of this three-year masters degree, the apprentice will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to be an independent neonatal practitioner. They will be able to manage defined episodes of neonatal care, putting excellent patient care at the heart of their practice. We look forward to welcoming employees onto our programme and supporting them on their learning journey."

Catherine McDougall
Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer Advanced Practice

MSc Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

For those who are not eligible through the degree apprenticeships route, please view our student funded programme - MSc Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner.

Our innovative new programme has been developed through close collaboration with key stakeholders, including University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, to empower you to develop as an advanced practitioner. The contemporary focus inspires efficiency, effectiveness and quality of practice to positively impact on neonatal care.

Delivered by professional experts, our programmes at Plymouth are tailored to you and your career

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