Intensive care for the neonate (degree level)

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 Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, in partnership with Plymouth University, 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


Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

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

The taught dates for this module are 24 January, 7 and 28 February, 21 and 28 March and 18 April 2018.

(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 – for further information please contact the Professional Development Unit.


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 the BSc (Hons) Professional Development in Neonatal Care or as an optional module towards some other BSc (Hons) Professional Development pathways - please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information.

On achievement of this module and Contemporary issues in the care of the newborn (HEAC396) you will have attained ‘Qualified in Speciality’ status as outlined in the Neonatal Toolkit (DOH 2009).

Module lead - Jess Talbert

"This is a well established module which has been run by Derriford NICU in partnership with Plymouth University 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."

Our students say...

  • A "This course has given me more confidence by building on my knowledge and helped me understand the rationale behind the care I am giving."
  • A "I really enjoyed undertaking this course."
  • A "It has given me more detailed and thorough knowledge which has aided and developed my confidence to care for intensive care neonates."

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).

Funding and fees


This module is commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) and you may therefore be eligible for funding through your employing trust.

Please contact your Trust’s Educational Co-ordinator who will guide you through the application process.

If you work in the private, independent and voluntary sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.

Fees for 2017/18 academic year

Please contact the relevant trust who will be able to confirm the fee for the module. Trust contact details can be found in the ‘how to apply’ section.

Further information

For further information regarding this module, please contact:

Professional Development Unit

Level 4 Rolle Building, Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA

Prospective student enquiries:

Phone: +44 (0)1752 586951

Current student enquiries:

Phone: +44 (0)1752 586958

You can also contact the relevant trust for further information:

Jess Talbert (nee Groves), module lead

NICU, Level 5

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust