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Essential Care of the Neonate (Qualification in Specialty 1)

Module codePCH3808 (level 6)
PCH4808 (level 7)
Start date

January 2024

FeesSee Fees and funding section further down the page
Module leaderAlysia Humphrey


Delivered by Great Ormond Street Hospital Learning Academy, this 15-credit module aims to develop learner’s knowledge and understanding of the essential health concerns regarding neonates. In undertaking this module, learners will understand the importance of evidence-based care planning, combining a systematic approach to neonatal assessment, synthesising their findings with taught theory from this module, policies and national guidelines.

When completed alongside Principles of Neonatal Critical Care, the learner will achieve a Qualification in Specialty (QIS), mapped against The British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM, 2012) core syllabus for clinical competence, to provide assurance of standardisation and national application.

This module can be taken as part of a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate or Graduate Certificate in Paediatrics & Child Healthcare Practice. Visit our MSc Paediatrics & Child Healthcare Practice page for more details.


Active learning will allow students to learn via collaboration, cooperation, and peer-based learning. Activities may include interactive lectures, clinical skills demonstration and supervised practice, small group activities, case-based discussions, workshops, practice simulations and tutorials.

Synchronous and asynchronous learning and teaching activities are delivered via a combination of study days and digital strategies at local sites or online using the Virtual Learning Environment.

Clinical skills development and simulation are delivered in fully equipped, state of the art skills labs using a range of low and high-fidelity learning modalities.


Formative assessment will take the form of peer presentations and group feedback.

For the summative assessment, learners will be expected to present a clinical case study of a neonate in their care.

Teaching dates

Dates: 31/01/2024, 07/02/2024, 21/02/2024, 28/02/2024, 06/03/2024, 13/03/2024

Assessment date: 16/04/2024

Provisional feedback: TBC

Academic board: TBC

Entry requirements

To undertake this module, you must be currently working in a role which involves looking after neonates (less than 28 days old or below 44 weeks corrected gestation) in healthcare. This module is open to all healthcare practitioners involved in the care of neonates. No professional registration is required.

Fees and funding

The fees refer to the 2024/25 academic year unless otherwise stated.

Part-time students: £64 per credit*

*Course fees are subject to annual inflation so the total costs for part time study are shown here as a guide.

How to apply

Please apply using our application form. If you have any questions about the module, please contact academic.programmes@gosh.nhs.uk.

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