Key features

This 20 credit degree-level module will enable you to develop the skills required to provide the highest quality care for newborn infants requiring additional care and their families.

You will examine the key concepts of physiology, pathology, psychology and social issues which underpin the care and development of the newborn baby requiring additional care in the neonatal period.

This module is delivered by University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, in partnership with University of Plymouth, at the Derriford Hospital site in close proximity to the clinical area of a level three neonatal service. This enables specialist clinicians and allied health professionals to contribute directly to the taught content ensuring clinical currency and high quality theory practice links throughout the taught component.

Module code




FHEQ level

Level 6 - bachelors degree


University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


Course details

On completion of this module you will be able to:
  • utilise your knowledge of patho-physiology and psychosocial factors to critically analyse the need for and/or provide additional care for newborn babies
  • promote family autonomy and self-empowerment
  • demonstrate critical self-awareness and ability to promote co-operative, effective inter-professional, multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teamwork
  • identify opportunities for developing practice through an evidence-based philosophy
  • critically analyse the roles, responsibilities and support structures necessary to deliver additional care to the newborn.
On achievement of this module and Intensive care for the neonate (degree level) (HEAC397) you will have attained ‘Qualified in Speciality’ status as outlined in the Neonatal Toolkit (DOH 2009). 
This module can be studied as a standalone module, as a core module towards the BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Neonatal Care or as an optional module towards some other Professional Development in Health and Social Care - please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information. 


The assessment for this module is in three parts:
  1. assessment in practice, requiring evidenced and safe completion of specified assessed practice competencies.
  2. 3,000 word evaluative care study focusing on the needs of the newborn baby and their family.
  3. portfolio of clinical experience and learning contracts evidencing achievement of competence.
(Please note that these assessment details are provisional - if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

Module dates
8, 9 December 2021, 19 January, 2, 9 February and 2, 9, 30 March 2022. 
Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change, always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit.
Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.
  • Application forms. 
  • Change of name forms.
  • Pre-course information.
  • Downloadable guides.
  • Student card.
Admissions information Additional information and documentation required for the application process.Access to application forms, download guides and confirmation information. Visit our admissions homepage.
Jess Talbert (nee Groves) (PHNT)

Module lead - Jess Talbert

"This is a well established module which has been run by Derriford NICU in partnership with University of Plymouth for over ten years. The module content and delivery is evaluated and developed each year to optimise the student experience and outcomes in line with current educational and clinical practice."

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Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on this module you must:

  • be a registered health and social care professional working in an area of practice that will allow you to meet the learning outcomes
  • have previously studied at level 5 (i.e. diploma of higher education or equivalent).

Further information

For further information on module dates, entry requirements, fees and funding and how to apply please contact the relevant education coordinator for the organisation where you wish to undertake the module, see below contact details: