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 v1 January 2022

The Toolkit is subject to ongoing development with v1 structured around Nursing roles.  (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:

Non Registered Clinical Workforce (Note: next course commences 12th May 2022)

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

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