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Neonatal Care GradCert/PGCert

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September 2019
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Part time via on campus learning
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Course leader
Stephanie Michaelides

Develop specialist knowledge and advanced skills for newborn resuscitation, neuro-behavioural and physiological assessment in this advanced course for midwives, health visitors and neonatal nurses.

Why study GradCert/PGCert Neonatal Care at Middlesex University?

At Middlesex we support and prepare midwives and neonatal professionals to be highly skilled practitioners, capable of meeting the challenges of today's complex and ground-breaking midwifery-led units, acute hospital settings and community health centres.

Taught by experienced and leading practitioners and lecturers, this course will develop your knowledge of newborn resuscitation and neuro-behavioural and physiological assessment in line with national standards/guidelines, and contemporary clinical practice requirements.

Provided across two modules, this course will enhance your ability to provide holistic care, even in the context of emergency interventions for which the outcomes are often uncertain. Through a series of lectures and workshops you will develop a crucial understanding of neonatal resuscitation including endotracheal intubation and the professional, legal and ethical issues involved. You will also explore how to fully assess and examine neonates up to six weeks of age, including how to identify early abnormalities and deviations from the norm.

Armed with these invaluable skills you will not only enhance your practice and career prospects across a wide range of new developments within the NHS, you will also obtain 60 credits to put towards the MSc Midwifery Studies if you choose to advance your learning further.

What will you study on GradCert/PGCert Neonatal Care?

This course comprises of two modules:

Resuscitation of the Newborn
Designed to enhance your ability to provide effective and holistic care to newborn babies and their mothers, this module explores such key areas as foetal respiratory, cardio-vascular physiology and transition at birth; physiology of asphyxia; endotracheal intubation; and the professional, legal and ethical issues related to neonatal resuscitation.

This module is comprised of 11 part-time study days in total.

Neuro Behavioural Physiological Assessment of the Newborn
Designed to enhance your ability to administer a thorough physical examination of a newborn baby, this module will equip you with the knowledge and skills to detect early abnormalities and potential problems so that you can fully prepare the baby, parents and related professionals for the required care.

This module is comprised of 21 part-time study days in total.


The assessment of these modules involves:

  • Written seen areas examination paper
  • Viva Voce
  • Record of 70 newborn examinations
  • Written Assignment

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification.

  1. Qualifications
  2. How to apply

The fees* below refer to the 2019/20 academic year unless otherwise stated.

Per credit: £60

60 Credits: £3,600

*Course fees are subject to annual inflation.

There are several funding options available:

  • receiving course fees via CPD contracts between NHS trusts and Middlesex University
  • paying your own fees
  • sponsorship by your employer (but not under a CPD contract).

For more information for any of these options, including fee rates for self-funding/employer-sponsored students, please visit our dedicated funding page.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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