Specialist Neonatal Practice: Work Based Learning
Course codes SNM3262/SNM674
20 credits at level 6 and 30 credits at level 7
This page gives details of both the undergraduate degree module (level 6) and postgraduate masters module (level 7). Both units are delivered as a shared module with individual assessment modes.
Who is it for?
Qualified Nurses who:
- Are currently registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC)
- Are currently employed as a registered nurse within a UK neonatal unit
- Have a minimum of six months neonatal nursing experience
- Have a Diploma or Advanced Diploma in Nursing; please apply to study at Degree Level (Level 6 applicants)
- Have a BSc(Hons) degree in Nursing; please apply to study at Masters Level ( Level 7 applicants) unless you have agreed with your employer and your clinical manager that they will support you to study at degree level (Level 6)
The module is part of a suite of modules that run over year one as part of the:
Please note that this module runs concurrently with SNM3263/SNM3264 (level 6) and SNM673/SNM672 (level 7)
Overview of content:
- To explore and identify contemporary issues in neonatal practice whilst critically reflecting on personal development
- Themes include policy, practice, education and research, management, leadership and reflexive frameworks for critical evaluation of practice
- In partnership with clinical supervisors, students develop their defined (RCN and BAPM) and individual bespoke skills
- Students will develop their skills in IT through either a poster or pamphlet negotiated with their clinical area
- Presentation skills, linked to the assessment will be further developed
- Assessment includes submission of an electronic learning contract with a skills log of achievement and an academic assignment
What is it about?
Work based learning (WBL) combines the best of academic and practice learning. Defined as 'learning for work, at work and through work' it requires a professional knowledge base acquired in the workplace. Using a WBL approach, this module provides study within a framework to explore and identify contemporary issues in neonatal practice whilst critically reflecting on personal development. In partnership with clinical supervisors, students develop an individual learning contract incorporating bespoke skills relevant to their specialist practice and clinical work environment. Clinical and academic assessment includes submission of a completed clinical competency booklet, production and presentation of a leaflet/ poster and submission of a written assignment supporting the content of the leaflet/poster.
How does it enhance your personal practice?
This unit is designed to run concurrently with SNM3623/SNM3624 and SNM673/SNM672. It enables neonatal nurses to develop and apply knowledge to theory learnt in the classroom to the neonatal environment. The design of the unit gives you an opportunity to explore psychosocial care in greater depth. Completing a clinical skills booklet that encompasses your knowledge and skills development will be an excellent resource for NMC revalidation. Completion of this module contributes towards the Higher Education England descriptors for neonatal nurse training: QIS (qualification in speciality).
The 20 level 6 academic credit awarded on successful completion of this unit (SNM3262) can be used towards becoming a QIS with a Degree in Neonatal Intensive Care.
The 30 level 7 academic credit awarded on successful completion of this unit (SNM674) can be used towards becoming QIS with a Post Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Intensive Care.
Mode of Assessment:
Part 1 (SNM3262) Develop and present a family information leaflet that addresses a clinical need that you have identified in the workplace environment (level 6).
Part 2 (SNM3262) (level 6).Written assignment critically discussing the content of family information leaflet.
Part 1 (SNM674) Develop and present a poster suitable for a conference/study day that focuses on a clinical issue that you wish to explore and links to a competency statement with in the WBL (level 7).
Part 2 (SNM674) (level 7).Written assignment critically analysing the content of poster.
Part 3 (Both SNM3262 and SNM674) Submission of a completed clinical skills booklet.
Marking grids and learning outcomes will be provided at the beginning of the module that reflect the level of assessment.
Links to Professional/Academic Award:
Where this unit fits into the Course Structure:
BMedSci (Hons) Neonatal Intensive Care
60 credits from:
SNM3263 - Stabilisation and Management of the Special Care Baby (20 credits)
SNM3264 - Care of the Critically Ill Neonate (20 credits)
SNM3262 - Specialist Neonatal Practice: Work based Learning (20 credits)
20 credits from:
SNM3182 - Promoting Evidence Based Practice
40 credits from:
SNM3016 - Developing Clinical Practice (40 credits) or
SNM3136 - Dissertation (40 credits)
Students cannot commence the dissertation unit until they have successfully completed 80 credits which must include the QIS modules (60 credits) plus the evidence based practice (20 credits).
PGCert Neonatal Intensive Care
In order to gain the full Postgraduate Certificate award, students must complete the three compulsory units. The units run once a year - please note that SNM673 (semester 1) must be completed before assessing SNM672 (semester 2). SNM674 runs from September to June (inclusive).
SNM673 - Stabilisation and Management of the Special Care Baby (15 credits)
SNM672 - Care of the Critically Ill Neonate (15 credits)
SNM674 - Specialist Neonatal Practice: Work based Learning (30 credits)
9 September 2020
09.09.20, 23.09.20, 07.10.19 (no class), 21.10.20, 04.11.20, 18.11.20, 13.01.21, 27.01.21, 10.02.21, 24.02.21 (no class), 10.03.21, 24.03.21
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.
If successful in your application for the course you will receive a confirmation email with the exact details of the location of teaching, closer to the start date.
The Division of Nursing and Midwifery (Health Sciences School) is based at Barber House, Glossop Road, Sheffield; opposite the Royal Hallamshire Hospital however teaching may take place across the University site.
Programme Leader/Contact Name:
Tel: +44 114 222 2063