Advanced Clinical Assessment (Neonatal)

Course code NUR61002
30 credits at level 7 (postgraduate)

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Who is it for?

This module is open to nurses and allied healthcare professionals who work in a neonatal setting and will benefit by enhancing their clinical knowledge and gain competence in undertaking a structured patient consultation – from history taking to physical examination


What is it about?

The module will delve into the understanding of the evidence base that underpins clinical decision making and critically explore the interprofessional context of care-delivery and professional boundaries. This module will provide a systems approach to anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology knowledge to enable justification of differential diagnosis, investigations, and treatments. 

Teaching on this module will consist of a blended approach with a mix of online and face-to-face sessions. Clinical procedures will be taught via SIM.


How does it enhance practice?

The health care system has an increased need for healthcare professionals to expand their role in the area of advanced clinical examination and decision making. Engagement with this module will enable neonatal clinical practitioners to develop advanced knowledge, skills and confidence relating to the clinical pillar of advanced practice.


Mode of assessment

Assessment in this module is by MCQ exam and OSCE.


Links to profession/academic award

This module can be undertaken as a stand-alone CPD module. It is also one of the core modules in the MMedSci Neonatal Advanced Clinical Practice (Neonatal) degree (NURT 96). If you are interested in finding more about our MMedSci programme, kindly consult our website to obtain further information.

Course structure

Attendance of taught sessions and clinical skills-based sessions timetabled one day per week over a two-semester period. A practice OSCE will also be offered prior to the OSCE exam. Directed study time will also be included in the timetable.

Next start date: 06 October 2021

Requirements for application process

  • First degree in a healthcare related subject at 2.2 or above; or equivalent
  • Current registration with the NMC or other allied healthcare professional body
  • An appropriately qualified clinical supervisor or mentor for the duration of the module
  • Reference from current manager in support of your application
  • A personal statement as to why you wish to pursue this course.

Application and Funding

To apply for this course you need to complete an online application form and you can do this by visiting our how to apply page. A fees and funding form will automatically be sent on submission of your application form. Details of funding options can be found on our Funding Page.


Delivery Site

The Division of Nursing and Midwifery (Health Sciences School) is based at Barber House, Glossop Road, Sheffield: opposite the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

Teaching takes place across the University of Sheffield Campus and our clinical skills facilities at Sam Fox House, Northern General Hospital.

If successful, applicants will receive a confirmation email with details of teaching location closer to the start date.


Programme Leader

Dr Daniella Spiteri Cornish

Tel:  +44 1442222051

Email: d.spitericornish@sheffield.ac.uk