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Special and Transitional Care of the Newborn

CPD and short courses (short course)

Blended learning, Chelmsford

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.

With increased knowledge, skills and understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of the newborn, you can contribute with more confidence and awareness to their clinical nursing care.

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

In your own area of work, you’ll hone your skills in patient assessment and interventions with a focus on family integrated 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 the care of the newborn in the hospital setting
  • The environment of special/transitional care as well as paediatric assessment or children’s inpatient unit
  • Embryological development
  • Normal physiology of the newborn
  • The effects of underdevelopment altered physiology and pathophysiology on normal neonatal physiology
  • Assessment of the infant in the special/ transitional care or relevant children’s setting
  • Care / interventions to maintain physiological homeostasis
  • Critical reflection on current practice
  • Critical reflection on current practice. Critical review and analysis of literature for provision of evidence informed practice

Who should attend?

Our module will suit registered nurses and midwifes working in a relevant field.


Planned commencement May 2025.

Please note: dates may be subject to change.

The initial application deadline for this course will be 31 January 2025.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care at ARU is primed to meet the demand for healthcare professionals, doctors, scientists and social workers in the East of England.

We've 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 our students want the very best experiential learning, and we've invested heavily in purpose-built simulated wards, science labs and skills spaces, to support your learning every step of the way.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Blended learning
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Study through a mix of face-to-face teaching and online sessions.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

30 credits (Level 7) for courses starting in 2024/25


Funding for CPD

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

Contact details

Module Lead: Claudia Morton

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CPD Admissions Team
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Course Lead for PG Cert Neonatal care: Claudia Morton
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Entry requirements

To join this course you'll be a registered nurse or midwife working in a relevant setting where you are required to undertake assessments and interventions for the newborn, with the appropriate experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level 7.

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