Education

The NWNODN Education Strategy was published in September 2021 and sets out the way forward for education in neonatal care services in the North West.  (Click here for the strategy document)

The strategy is supported by a toolkit which will help services understand the core skills which underpin each of the roles, and how they can plan the acquisition of those skills at individual and service level.

For the individual, the toolkit supports those career pathways which have been described nationally by signposting to the appropriate course / learning intervention to suit their chosen path.

For service providers, the toolkit will support them in developing their education offer in line with these recommendations

Education Toolkit March 2023

The Toolkit is subject to ongoing development.  We would welcome any help in developing this further – please click here to give feedback

This collaborative programme has been successfully running in the north-west since September 2002. The programme aims to optimise the recruitment and retention of nurses into neonatal care. It is specifically designed to provide a supportive learning environment to facilitate the learning experience of staff with no previous neonatal experience. It provides a structured and comprehensive teaching programme which aims to develop the theoretical knowledge and the clinical skills to deliver safe and effective care that meets the needs of unique physical emotional and social needs of the preterm neonate and his/her family.

The north west neonatal units second their new nurses with no previous neonatal experience onto the next available programme. New staff undertaking the programme are supported by the programme team and mentor in their own unit. They will work in a supernumerary capacity for a negotiated period, attend the designated study days and complete the Clinical Assessment Profile and the assessments related to the programme.

The programme is facilitated 3 times a year in January, April and October. It comprises of 11 study days which are currently facilitated online, although it is anticipated that some of the sessions will be taught in a classroom setting at Liverpool or Manchester in the near future. They are taught by the clinical educators within the team, with some sessions being facilitated by subject matter experts.

Staff are expected to attend all of the study days to successfully complete the Induction Programme. The clinical competency document, theoretical assignments and two clinically based assessments must also be completed.

During the course, staff will be given the opportunity to experience neonatal care delivered in a variety of settings including intensive care, high dependency, special care, transitional care and care in the community. Staff who are employed on a Level 3 (NICU) unit remain on their own unit throughout the programme, rotating through the nurseries gaining experience in all areas. The staff employed on local neonatal (LNU) and special care units (SCBU) undertake a placement at one of the NICUs. Placements are usually 6 weeks in duration. These staff are supported during their placement by the education teams on the NICU. All staff on the programme also have regular meetings with their assigned member of the programme team. The meetings may either be virtual, on their home unit, or on their placement unit. The meetings ensure that the staff member benefits from one-one time with one of the programme team, thus providing support with their clinical competencies, assignments and assessments.

To successfully complete the Foundation in Neonates Programme 80% attendance at the study days is required. The clinical competency document, the workbooks and two clinically based assessments must also be completed.

During the course, staff will be given the opportunity to experience neonatal care delivered in a variety of settings including intensive care, high dependency, special care, transitional care and care in the community. Staff who are employed on a Level 3 (NICU) unit remain on their own unit throughout the programme, rotating through the nurseries gaining experience in all areas. The staff employed on local neonatal (LNU) and special care units (SCBU) undertake a placement at one of the NICUs. Placements are usually 6 weeks in duration. These staff are supported during their placement by the education teams on the NICU. All staff on the programme are visited on their home unit by one of the programme team and staff undertaking an intensive care placement on one of the NICUs are also visited while on placement. The visits ensure that the staff member benefits from one-one time with one of the programme team, supports them completing their clinical competencies, workbooks and assessments.

The programme is organised and facilitated by a programme manager and two clinical educators.

In the north-west region, it has been agreed at the manager and educator forum that the Foundation in Neonates programme (FiN) is a standard prerequisite for the Qualification in Speciality (QiS). The FiN provides newly qualified staff and staff with no previous neonatal knowledge with the foundation knowledge and skills to provide safe and competent care to the stable, sick neonate with uncomplicated needs. The QiS then builds and develops this knowledge and skills to higher level developing autonomous practitioners with an in-depth evidence based skill set which enables them to deliver competent care as part of the multi-disciplinary team to the sickest, smallest and most vulnerable babies with complex health needs.

Click the links below to find out details of each course:

Basic NLS Train the Trainer

IV Study Day

Qualification in Speciality Module:

Liverpool

Salford

Manchester

ENP Programme

ANNP Programme

Liverpool

Salford

LNU Consultation Training – please contact to be included in webinars and teaching sessions

Badger Data Training

June 2024 

  • NWNODN ANNP Conference
  • Date: 11th June 2024
  • Location: Halliwell Jones Stadium
  • Registration

 

  • Managers Development Course
  • Date: 17th June 2024
  • Location: The Engine Rooms, Birchwood

 

  • NWNODN Network Away Day 
  • Date: 20th June 2024
  • Location: Haydock Park Race Course
  • Registration 

July 2024 

  • PNA event
  • Date: 10th July 2024
  • Location: The Engine Rooms, Birchwood
  • Registration

 

  • Managers Development Course
  • Date: 15th July 2024
  • Location: The Engine Rooms, Birchwood

September 2024 

  • Qis Programme – LWH/John Moores University  
  • Date: Next Cohort September 2024
  • Please email with interest by the 14th of June
  • Information Flyer
  • NWNODN Surgical Module 
  • Date: September 2024 – June 2025
  • Location: Virtual/Face 2 Face
  • For more information contact
  • Information Flyer

 

  • L&SC Study Day: All Things Infant Feeding
  • Date: 27th September 2024 
  • Location: Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston
  • Registration
  • More information

December 2023

Educators Development Course (Day 1)
Date: 7.12.2023
Format / Venue: Engine Rooms at Birchwood Park
Audience: NWNODN Educators

Register here

ANNP Webinar
Date: 14.12.2023
Format / Venue: Virtual
Audience: AANNP’s

January 2024

FIN Jan 2024
Date: 09/01/24-08/07/24
Format / Venue: Blended
Audience: Nurses new into Neonatal care

IR FIN Jan 2024
Date: TBC
Format / Venue: Blended
Audience: Nurses new into Neonatal care

Womb to Room and Beyond Series – Communication & relationships
Date: 10.01.2024
Format / Venue: Virtual
Audience: All neonatal care providers
No of Places: unlimited
Womb to Room and Beyond Webinar Series-.pdf

Educators Development Course (Day 2)
Date: 30.1.2023
Format / Venue: Engine Rooms at Birchwood Park
Audience: NWNODN Educators

Register here

February 2024

NWNODN Annual Conference
Date: 01.02.2024
Format / Venue: In person/virtual option – Haydock Race Course
Audience: All neonatal care providers & maternity colleagues
No of Places: Up to 100 face to face plus additional virtual delegates

Register here! 

March 2024

C&M Post QIS Study Day
Date: 07.03.2023
Format / Venue: Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington
Audience: NWNODN Post QIS Nurses

Register here 

Womb to Room and Beyond Series – Beyond…
Date: 12.03.2024
Format / Venue: Virtual
Audience: All neonatal care providers
No of Places: Unlimited
Womb to Room and Beyond Webinar Series-.pdf

Educators Development Course (Day 3)
Date: 13.03.2023
Format / Venue: Engine Rooms at Birchwood Park
Audience: NWNODN Educators

Register here

ANNP Webinar
Date: 21.03.2024
Format / Venue: Virtual
Audience: ANNP’s
No of Places: Unlimited

April 2024

Neonatal Palliative & End of Life Care
Date: 25th – 26th April 24
Venue: Whiston Hospital
Audience:Paediatric and Neonatal Consultants and
Trainees (ST6+), Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioners and
Senior Neonatal Nursing or Bereavement Champions
To book your place email

NNSIG Meeting

Date: 26th April 2024

Time: 10am-4pm

Venue: MS teams , F2F venue TBC

 

May 2024

Womb to Room and Beyond
Date: 12.03.2024
Format / Venue: Face to Face – venue TBC
Audience: All neonatal care providers
No of Places: TBC

 

September 2024

LSC Educators Study Day
Date: 27.09.2024
Format / Venue: Face to Face – venue TBC
Audience: All neonatal care providers

 

October 2024

NEC/Surgical Event 
Date: 10.10.24
Format / Venue: Face to Face – venue TBC
Audience: All neonatal care providers

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