Neonatal Care: A Developmental Perspective Short Course

Neonatal Care: A Developmental Perspective Short Course

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

AWARD TYPE: Short Course

ANCILLARY AWARD:Post-Registration

LEVEL:Short Course / CPD

STUDY MODE: Part time


COURSE LENGTH: Part-time: One term or 15 weeks.

SCHOOL: School of Community Health and Midwifery

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston

START DATE: April 2021

Entry Requirements:

Current NMC registration.

Course Content

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.

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:

Post-registration Recruitment
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

Faculty of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839