University of the West of Scotland

Programme Specification

Session: 2018/19

Last modified: 19/11/2018 15:13:10

Named Award Title:Grad Cert Neonatal Nursing Single

Award Title for Each Award: Grad Cert  Neonatal Nursing

Awarding Institution/Body: University of the West of Scotland
Language of Instruction & Examination: English
Award Accredited By:University of the West of Scotland
Mode of Study:Part Time
Campus:Distance/Online Learning
Lanarkshire

School:School of Health and Life Sciences

Admission Criteria

Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admission requirements of the University of the West of Scotland as specified in Section 6 of the University Regulatory Framework together with the following programme requirements:

SQA National Qualifications

Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admission requirement of the University of the West of Scotland as specified in the University Regulatory Framework together with the following programme requirements:


Candidates must be registered nurses or midwives on the NMC professional register.

A degree in a relevant specialty.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will give candidates the opportunity to submit evidence of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) in accordance with the UWS RPL policy. This will be applied for those without standard degree qualifications.

A minimum of six months current experience in the field of neonatal care.

Applicants must have the language, litaracy and IT skills to access and understand the written material utilised in the learning and teaching of the programme and be able to communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written English with a minimum IELTS overall score for non English speakers of 7.

Verification of OH clearance and PVG disclosure( required if undertaking practice placement in an area other than their employing health board).

Have the support of the employing organisation and the appointment of a mentor who will provide supervision, support and opportunities to develop competence appropriate to role. This must be organised and agreed with line manager prior to commencement on the programme.


or GCE

N/A


or SQA National Qualifications/Edexcel Foundation

N/A


Other Required Qualifications/Experience

As per regulation 6.6 (UWS, 2018), all applicants must have the language and literacy skills to understand and use the written materials utilised in the learning and teaching of the programme and be able to communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written English. All International students are required to meet English Language requirements outlined by UWS, with the exception of:
• Native Speakers of English (as defined by the UKVI)
• Erasmus students (unless advised otherwise)
• Non-Erasmus students from EU partner institutions (you may provide a statement from your institution confirming English language ability in place of a formal qualification)
If you do not meet the above categories, then you are required to provide proof of your English language ability through a SELT (secure English language test). Minimum requirements are IELTS 6.0 with no skill below 5.5 and should normally be taken no more than two years before applying to UWS.


Further desirable skills pre-application


General Overview

Neonatal service provision is currently at a time of radical change and development. Educational provision in Scotland in the speciality of neonatology exists at many levels of educational accreditation and skills competency. In order to address this, a publication entitled Matching Knowledge and Skills for Qualified in Speciality (QIS) Neonatal Nurses has been produced in response to the identified need for standardisation of levels of competence and educational qualification. The need for a formal university qualification has been acknowledged by clinical managers, practitioners and educators, and it is considered that a Graduate Certificate level qualification would be the most appropriate award for registered practitioners. Qualified in Speciality is recognised as being essential for all nurses specialising in neonatal care and is recommended as a minimum qualification in the Neonatal Care in Scotland: A Quality Framework (Scottish Government 2013).

QIS nurses provide a pivotal role within the work place, not only in providing clinical care and supporting families but also in supporting the learning of nursing and support staff who are novice in the area of neonatology.  Qualified in Specialty staff are in a position to further develop their professional expertise by moving into more specialised areas of clinical practice, such as, breastfeeding advisor within the neonatal unit, outreach neonatal staff, stabilisation and transport and to enhance their clinical skills.

Registered practitioners already in possession of a first degree may wish to further their studies by commencing on Masters level study in order to achieve Advanced Neonatal Practitioner status. This would normally be undertaken following consolidation of the Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Nursing.

A variety of Learning, Teaching and Assessments will be used within the programme. Learning and teaching includes a flexible and blended learning approach. This includes teaching sessions, small work group tutorials, clinical simulation sessions in the skills laboratories and online student-centred activities. The majority of the modules will have online discussion and activities to test understanding of the module content and provide opportunity for further clarification of specific topic areas. Students will utilise the VLE and the induction day will assist students to become confident in its use to enable them to actively engage and participate in this form of communication and learning. Students will also be informed of the student support strategies within the university via student link and skills for effective learning. Instruction and practice in academic writing skills at level 10 will also be facilitated. In all parts of the programme students are expected to participate and will be encouraged and facilitated to become reflective and critical practitioners. Students will also attend modified lectures in which students will be asked to actively participate, and contribute to short discussions on the subjects being discussed within the session. Students are offered contact with the module co-ordinator who facilitates either direct contact at tutorials, telephone, electronic mail or the communication portal on the virtual learning environment. The study materials and learning and assessment strategies are carefully designed to enable the student to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes. Students are advised to participate in group tutorials for discussion /debate and sharing of learning with the module co-ordinator and student colleagues. Students are also required to use the VLE to access study materials/discussion board items/e-mail system. A range of learning assessment strategies are used to enable the student to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes. This includes both formative and summative assessments and includes case studies, written assignments, Multiple Choice Questions, clinical simulations and achievement of clinical competencies during the work based learning module. Assessment strategies are clearly designed to enable achievement of programme aims, module outcomes and the desired capabilities of registered staff. In compliance with the Equality Act (2010) alternative methods of assessment are available including oral assessment and transcribing service (Accessibility Guidelines, 2012). In compliance with School Strategy (2012) flexible learning is utilised including e-learning. Curriculum development takes cognisance of Enhancing Practice for Employability (QAA 2005).


Employability Skills & Personal Development Planning

Students on this programme are normally experienced practitioners who will be seeking to influence clinical theory and practice within the specialist area in their organisations, in different partnerships across regional and national domains.

Within specific modules on the programme, students will be enabled to develop capacities and skills which transfer to the world of practice. Through the use of a Personal Development Plan, students will engage in discussions with personal tutors and their employer to ensure that support will be provided to meet the personal aspirations of the student and will enable progressive development within the desired career structure in health care. UWS Graduate Attributes aim to prepare graduates who will be Universal, Work Ready and Successful. Therefore through studying the Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Nursing programme at UWS students will develop attributes across three dimensions which encapsulate the breadth of learning experience at University level i.e. Academic, Personal and Professional.Therefore within the context of neonatal nursing this programme develops graduates with all of the above skills to ensure they are capable of being Qualified in Speciality within the neonatal setting.

Registered practitioners have a mandatory requirement to maintain a professional portfolio in order to demonstrate current knowledge and skills, as required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.  It is envisaged that the majority of students will use their own profile rather than using an e-portfolio facilitated by the university.

Employers are required to specifically support students engaged in the  Work Based Learning module, through the availability of protected time in which to achieve competencies and availability of mentors specific to these modules. It is important that students are supported in their learning throughout their programme by their employer, this includes   the provision of a named mentor who will be either an Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (ANNP) or experienced senior nursing staff.

 

Work Based Learning/Placement Details

A work based learning placement for this module will be undertaken within the student’s own normal working environment. This will be effective from January 2019, when students will be required to evidence 400 clinical hours which will be achieved over the duration of the whole programme. Thus enabling the hours to be evidenced within the special care, high dependancy and intensive care settings dependant on the individual student's learning needs.

Arrangements for successful completion of work-based learning will be set with the involvement of the student, who must comply with any regulatory body and university requirements. Where work based learning does occur within modules, this is set out within the module descriptors, the plans for which are congruent with university policy for work-based learning, and will be completed within the maximum time allocated for completion of the Graduate Certificate as indicated in the normal time of study namely one year.


Programme structures and requirements, SCQF level, trimester, module name and code, credits and awards (Link to Regulation 5.2.9)

A. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTrimesterFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTrimesterFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award


B. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTrimesterFootnotes
123
   

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTrimesterFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award


C. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTrimesterFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTrimesterFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award


D. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Recognise infants at risk prior to birth
A2Assess condition of infant at birth
A3Critically understand the needs and management of the compromised infant
A4Knowledge of abnormal physiology, appropriate investigations and interpretation of results
A5Critically evaluate management and care regimes employed within the acute neonatal setting

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Plan, implement and evaluate an individualised and family centred care pathway
B2Critique and apply information, evidence and research from a variety of sources
B3Critically evaluate evidence based practice
B4Develop referral mechanisms to be employed within the multidisciplinary team
B5Instigate appropriate management and treatment regimes whilst awaiting assistance

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1 Participate in On-line discussion and dialogue, writing skills and literature review
C2Communicate : utilising a variety of techniques, intra and cross disciplinary discourse
C3Develop ICT skills to inform practice and for personal development
C4Information retrieval-e journal and text book and on line discussion

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Independent self directed study-creativity/ original thought
D2Critical analysis, thinking and reasoning
D3Critical thinking and reflection
D4Problem solving in the emergency environment
D5Critically evaluate clinical evidence to update and inform practice

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Self directed learning
E2Accountable to peers for contributions to on-line discussion
E3Accountable for own practice, communication with others and responsible delegation to other staff members
E4Reflect upon individual role and responsibilities within scope of practice
E5Ensure skills and knowledge are current and appropriate to area of practice

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTrimesterFootnotes
123
10MIDW10004Special Care Neonatal Nursing20 check mark 
10MIDW10005Neonatal Intensive Care20  check mark
10MIDW10006Neonatal Work Based Learning20 check markcheck markLong Thin Module

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
All components of assessment must be passed in each module and clinical competencies achieved and required hours recorded in order to achieve the award of Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Nursing. All academic assessment components must be passed at a minimum of 40%.
MIDW 10006 is delivered across 2 trimesters as a long thin mode of delivery.

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTrimesterFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award

Students who have successfully completed the three core modules shall be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate Neonatal Nursing.


Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTrimesterFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTrimesterFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award


Regulations of Assessment

Candidates will be bound by the general assessment regulations of the University as specified in section 7 of the University Regulatory Framework .

An overview of the assessment details is provided in the Student Handbook and full details of the assessment criteria for each module is provided in the module descriptor which forms part of the module pack issued to students. For further details on assessment please refer to Section 7 of the Regulatory Framework.

To qualify for an award of the University, students must complete all the programme requirements and must meet the credit minima detailed in Section 3 of the Regulatory Framework.

(Regulation 7)

(Assessment Policy)