BMedSci (Hons) Health and Social Care Studies (Neonatal Intensive Care)

This course for qualified nurses offers opportunities for neonatal nurses to advance not only intellectually but also clinically and professionally and thus provide the required evidence-based care to patients and their families.

Who is this course for?

Nurses must be on part 1, 8, 10,12 or 15 of the professional register with a minimum of six months experience in an intensive care of the newborn environment. This may include NICU or NSU. You'll be required to demonstrate the appropriate clinical/professional background and experience pertinent to the units undertaken, it is therefore important that you are currently working within the relevant area of practice in order to fulfil this particular aspect of the course. Although not a requirement, it is advisable for prospective students to have support from their managers.

What is the course about?

  • Critically analyse and evaluate the evidence base relating to the care of the neonate requiring intensive care.
  • Critically reflect on and evaluate current approaches to care delivery in practice.
  • Critically evaluate the specialist knowledge and skills required to promote and deliver evidence-based practice that addresses the physiological, psycho-social and cultural needs of the neonates, and their families within the context of the multi-disciplinary teams in practice.
  • Develop inter-professional learning, team-working and collaboration skills through discussion and reflection on practice with other students/health care workers.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate the use of professional and clinical decision-making skills to create and maintain an environment in which carers and clients are enabled to make informed choices.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate the use of professional and clinical decision making skills in order to create and maintain an environment in which carers and clients are enabled to make informed choices.

How does the course enhance practice? 

Neonatal nursing, in line with other fields of nursing continues to develop to reflect the current healthcare agenda. Nurses need to be equipped to face new demands placed on them by such changes as advances in technology, greater involvement in care by both the patient/client and family and the implications of health policy.

The knowledge and skills required for evidence and research-based practice and a range of neonatal and learning focused units are needed by practitioners to function effectively in current clinical practice.

The BMedSci(Hons) Health and Social Care studies (Neonatal Intensive Care) for qualified nurses offers opportunities for neonatal nurses to advance not only intellectually but also clinically and professionally and thus provide the required evidence-based care to patients and their families.

Mode of Assessment:

Each unit will have different assessment criteria, please see the individual unit page for more details.

Course Structure

60 credits from:

SNM3264 Care of the Critically Ill Neonate (20)

SNM3263 Stabilisation and Management of the Special Care Baby (20)

SNM3262 Specialist Neonatal Practice: Work Based Learning (20)

20 credits from:

SNM3182 Promoting evidence-based practice (20)

40 credits from:

SNM3136 Dissertation (40)

SNM3016 Developing Clinical Practice (40)

Students can't commence the dissertation unit until they have successfully completed 80 credits which must include either research appreciation and application or evidence-based practice units.

You'll have a maximum of 5 years from the start date of the first module to complete the course.

Further credit information:

  • Students intending to undertake this course should have completed 120 credits at diploma level 2(5)
  • Students accessing this course are permitted to AP(E)L a maximum of 20 credits from within the University or other institutions
  • When 120 credits at degree level 3(6) from the above have been completed students will be awarded the BMedSci (Hons) in Health and Social Care Studies

Delivery Site

University of Sheffield (central campus) - teaching may take place across the University site. If you have any enquiries about the location of the teaching please contact the General Enquiry Line on 0114 222 2030.

If successful in your application for the course you will receive an offer letter with the exact details of the location of teaching, closer to the start date.


Programme Leader Contact Details:

Barbara Howard

Tel: 0114 222 2068

Email: b.w.howard@sheffield.ac.uk


How to apply:

To apply for this course you must select the units you wish to study and in which order by looking at the individual unit pages. Once decided please complete the online application form for each unit, you may apply for up to three units on one form.

For information regarding LBR Funding please click here.

If you require any assistance with your application please call 0114 222 2030 and select 'Admissions'.