Many consider developmental care to be an essential aspect of quality neonatal care. This course provides practitioners with an opportunity to explore critically some of the important current conceptual, theoretical understandings, evidence base and practical applications of developmental care.
Entry and Admissions
Short Course / CPD
Part-time: One term or 15 weeks.
School of Community Health and Midwifery
No Partner College
Current NMC registration.
The content will include:-
- Perspectives on the focus and ideology of developmental care.
- Theories of developmental care.
- Behavioural assessment tools including sleep-wake assessment.
- The development of feeding ability and the facilitation of effective strategies and methods.
- Family care: facilitation of newborn behavioural recognition in parents. Stress its experience, effects and assessment.
- Examination of family functioning: adjustment, attachment, adaptive responses.
- Promoting family resilience empowerment and acknowledging and validating emotions.
- Components of developmental care approaches.
- Critical analysis of the evidence base for developmental supportive strategies. Including, postural support, environment modification, contingency and positive touch.
The Certificate is studied on a part-time basis and delivered over a trimester. It is studied at Level 3 and equates to 20 credits at this level of study.
Learning Environment & Assessment:
The course will emphasise the creation of a reflective environment that serves as a safe space within which to challenge practice. Formal lectures will provide a focus and stimulus for other forms of learning e.g. seminars, tutorials and discussion. Independent study and personal reflection forms an important and integral element of this module serving to link theory and practice.
You will be assessed theoretically; this involves the completion of a written assignment.
We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.
Learning outcome & aims
We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.
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Work experience and international opportunities
At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.
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Fees & Funding
You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.
How to Apply
Individuals working for health and social care organisations should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.
Individuals can purchase this course as an independent student and should obtain an application form from:
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839