Baby in incubator. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Baby in incubator. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Key features

This 40 credit degree-level module will further develop your knowledge and skills in dealing with the delivery and management of specialist nursing care to infants and their families in the neonatal intensive care unit.

This module will enable you to develop and utilise the appropriate skills and contribute to an environment conducive to the provision of high-quality intensive care to sick and pre-term infants and their families by increasing your knowledge and critical understanding of current research and practice.

This module is delivered by University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, in partnership with the 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

Baby in incubator. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Course details

On completion of this module you will be able to:
  • assess, plan, implement and critically evaluate specialist interventions in critical and clinical events to ensure safe and appropriate care.
  • support and empower families utilising professional expertise of self and the multi-disciplinary team.
  • deliver holistic care which recognises ethical and legal issues.
  • contribute to an environment in which clinical practice is critically developed using an evidence-based philosophy.

Module dates

1, 20 February, 6, 27 March, 24 April, 8, 22 May, 5, 19, 26 June and 3, 17 July 2024.
Please contact the Professional Development Unit Admissions Team for more information. 
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.


 The assessment for this module is in four parts:
  1. Assessment in practice, requiring evidenced and safe completion of specified assessed practice competencies.
  2. A 2,000 word reflective account analysing a practice situation, incorporating relevant ethical and legal issues.
  3. A 1,500 word critique outlining how recommendations from critical incident analysis would be applied to practice to facilitate service improvement.
  4. A portfolio of clinical experience, learning contracts and reflection 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.)
This module can be studied as a standalone module, as a core module towards BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Neonatal Care or as an optional module towards other Professional Development in Health and Social Care pathways - please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information.
On achievement of this module and Contemporary issues in the care of the newborn (degree level) (HEAC396) you will have attained ‘Qualified in Speciality’ status as outlined in the Neonatal Toolkit (DOH 2009). 

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 the 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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How to apply

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.
This module is delivered by:
University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
Professional Development Unit
Level 4 Rolle Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA
Prospective student enquiries:
Current student

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).