You will be supported in clinical practice by experienced neonatal nurse practitioners, consultant neonatologists, or specialist pediatric registrars
You will be taught by experts in the field including tertiary neonatologists, advanced neonatal nurse practitioners, midwifery lecturers, pharmacists and radiographers
You will develop advanced clinical skills in our brand new simulation suites with our award-winning human simulators
This practical course uses a work-based learning approach to develop the higher-level skills that will lead to advanced practitioner status.
This is a challenging and intense programme and allows experienced neonatal intensive care nurses to become qualified advanced neonatal nurse practitioners.
This 12 month course requires a high level of commitment to succeed and you will move from a nursing to a medical rota immediately upon qualification.
You will achieve a number of clinical competencies such as advanced resuscitation skills, insertion of percutaneous long lines, insertion of umbilical and venous catheters, airway management and intubation and chest drains.
The programme may be commissioned by Health Education North West to meet the needs of a modernizing NHS. Upon completion you will be eligible for a non-medical advanced practitioner in Neonates to work within a junior medical rota.
You will need to have a 2.1 degree in a relevant health related area and work within a tertiary neonatal intensive care unit with a minimum of 5 years clinical experience. Anyone who doesn't have the required level of degree is advised to discuss their application with the Programme Leader.
You will also need to possess the ENB 405 / Quality in Specialty qualification and be live on the NMC register.
Written agreement and clinical support from a nominated consultant neonatologist and nurse line manager will be required in order for you to be accepted onto this programme.
You will apply by using the university’s general online application form. You will have a joint interview with your line manager, consultant neonatologist and university lecturer. Funding arrangements will be agreed between your Local Trust and the University.
We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.
The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 7 is proof of this.
This course is suitable for those working in a tertiary neonatal care unit with a minimum of five years clinical experience.
You are expected to be flexible during the programme to facilitate your learning and clinical practice / experience:
Simulation teaching will be undertaken in the university’s simulation suite and in the clinical area.
You will be expected to undertake a series of assessments including a clinical portfolio, written assignments, OSCE, and supervised clinical practice by specialist registrars, advanced neonatal nurse practitioners and consultant neonatologists.
Alli Mitchell – Programme Leader
Alli joined the University of Salford in 2008 as a Lecturer of Midwifery. She spent 25 years in clinical practice (neonatal intensive care), education, management and research. Alli qualified as a nurse in 1984 in Salford and after working as a Staff nurse A/E on an orthopaedic ward, she trained as a midwife. Alli’s midwifery experience covers all aspects of the role, however her main areas of interest are neonatal intensive care. Alli qualified as an Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in 2002. Her career has led her to fulfil many roles, such as Lecturer Practitioner and Directorate Manager.
Upon completion of this course, students will become advanced neonatal nurse practitioners and will work on a medical rota. Some students may also wish to progress onto a PhD or work as a nurse consultant or in a leadership role in clinical practice.
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We offer awards to help you study through our:
There are also other sources of funding available to you.
For more information please see our funding section.
Funding for this course may be available for eligible staff within the NHS. To find out more please see the NHS CPD Apply system.
The Postgraduate Bursaries and Scholarships for 2017-18 entry are currently under review and subject to change. A revised schedule of scholarships and bursaries will be published in Spring 2017.
Our Clinical Practice Wards are located in the Mary Seacole Building on the second floor. There are four rooms designed to give the look and feel of a hospital environment. The rooms are furnished with patient's beds, lockers, chairs, sinks and curtains as well as audio-visual equipment, internet and a teaching area.
We also have a number of clinical skills rooms that enhance student learning from taking blood pressure, to giving CPR and more complicated procedures. Along with nursing skills rooms where you can practice in a ward situation, there are basic skills rooms for sessions such as moving and handling.
The patient simulation laboratory provides you with the opportunity to tackle real-life scenarios in a safe and supported environment. Set up like a hospital ward, the lab contains hi-tech patient simulators that can mimic everything from the common cold to a major heart condition.
The equipment includes:
All the simulation equipment can be linked up to some very hi-tech computer and audio-visual aids. Groups of students get to role-play a wide range of different scenarios, with a lab co-ordinator observing, running and intervening in the scenario remotely.
Sophisticated computer equipment can also provide detailed physiological information for each of the simulators under observation. The lab will help you develop the clinical skills you need but also the high level communication skills that will make a real difference to your patients.