Neonatal Special and Transitional Care of the Newborn

Continuing Professional Development (short course)

Blended learning

12 weeks

Module level: 7

Module credits: 30 credits

You can also take this module as part of our PG Cert Neonatal Care to gain an award.


Critically analyse, appraise and evaluate the concept of neonatal special and transitional care and the needs of the infant and their family in a holistic manner

Comprising theoretical and practical components you’ll critically analyse, appraise and evaluate the concept of neonatal special and transitional care and the needs of the infant and their family in a holistic manner.

Using a critical approach to contemporary evidence, you’ll consider and analyse nursing and medical interventions that may be used in the special or transitional care setting to ascertain appropriateness, effectiveness and best practice.

Back in your clinical setting, you’ll hone your skills in patient assessment, interventions and transitional care. You’ll be encouraged to review the provision of special and transitional care in the light of supporting evidence, and to critically reflect on current practice.

Outline content
  • Family centred approaches to special and transitional care
  • The environment of special and transitional care
  • Embryological development
  • Normal physiology of the new-born
  • The effects of underdevelopment altered physiology and pathophysiology on normal neonatal physiology
  • Assessment of the infant requiring special and/or transitional care
  • Care / interventions to maintain physiological homeostasis
  • Critical reflection on current practice
  • Critical review and analysis of literature for provision of evidence informed practice
  • Professional, ethical and legal issues surrounding special and transitional care

Who should attend?

Registered nurses and midwives who are working in high-dependency or intensive neonatal care settings.


The dates below are provisional. However, the sessions will be delivered on a Tuesday and will consist of a mix of online workshops, lectures, and face-to-face skills.

Online workshops and lectures

  • 17, 24, 31 January 2023
  • 7, 21 February
  • 7, 14, 21, 28 March

Face to face skills – Chelmsford campus

  • 28 February 2023

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.

We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.

We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.

Where can I study?

Blended learning
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Study at a time that suits you, using our learning management system.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

30 credits (Level 7) for courses starting in 2022/23


Funding for CPD

Please ask your manager or Education Lead about available funding before you apply.

Contact details

Ligi Biju

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CPD Admissions Team
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Entry requirements

To join this course you'll be a registered nurse or midwife working in a high-dependency or intensive neonatal care setting, with the appropriate experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level 7.

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