The September delivery runs in conjunction with the pre-registration Midwifery programme; qualified midwives need only attend the first workshop, 17 September, and study the remainder of the programme online.
This module equips you with the knowledge and skills to undertake examination of the newborn/ 6-8 week examination. It also includes the Qualificatory Practice Unit HMFG9001 Examination of the Newborn which enables you to develop specific skills in examination of the newborn. You will need to demonstrate that you are competent in your final assessment in the specified skills.
You will need to complete an induction prior to commencement of your first module. We have a comprehensive online induction package to welcome you to both the University and your programme of study. Alternatively classroom-based induction days take place at our Lancaster and Carlisle campuses and are usually scheduled for the first week of each semester.
This module can be studied as part of the University Advanced Diploma (UAD) Practice Development: Midwifery.
Documentation / record keeping. Embryological development of systems Complications of Pregnancy - effects upon foetal development / wellbeing Adaptation to extra-uterine life of systems Neonatal physiology, Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Nervous system, Gastrointestinal system, Skeletal, Reproductive, Immunological, Endocrine, Congenital abnormalities, Gestational assessment methods. Procedure and application of practical examination skills.
Qualificationary Practice Unit: You will develop the knowledge and understanding to underpin skill development in the clinical area. Clinically based practice will include screening for congenital cardiac defects, developmental dysplasia of the hip, some ocular disorders (including congenital cataract), and undescended testes as well as a general physical examination.
On successful completion of HMFG6007 you will be able to:
- Assess and evaluate the effects of the intrauterine environment upon embryonic development and fetal well being
- Competently undertake the physical examination of the newborn/6-8 week old infant including screening for congenital abnormalities such as cardiac defects, developmental dysplasia of the hips, ocular disorders (including congenital cataracts) and undescended testes
- Critically assess family adaptation coping skills and develop discharge plans and/or ongoing care of the infant including appropriate referrals
- Critically analyse current research/evidence and demonstrate application to practice
- Critically evaluate the ethical, legal and professional issues underpinning examination of the newborn
To complete the practice component of the module, you will undertake HMFG9001 Qualificatory Practice Unit: Examination of the Newborn.
On successful completion, you will have:
- Demonstrate achievement of the work-based competencies as detailed in the competence profile
- Identify your own learning needs in liaison with your clinical facilitator
- Demonstrate skill acquisition of the identified clinical and professional skills
- Reflect on your progress in practice
- Explore learning opportunities in relation to your identified learning needs
Indicative core bibliography
- Baston H., Durward H. (2010) Examination of the Newborn 2nd ed. London. Routledge.
- Davies L., (2008) Examination of the Newborn and Neonatal Health. London. Elsevier Health Sciences.
- Hall M., Noble A., Smith S., (2008) A Foundation for Neonatal Care: a Multidisciplinary Guide. Oxford. Radcliffe Publishing.
- Lomax A. (2011) Examination of the Newborn: An Evidenced Based Guide. Oxford. Willey-Blackwell.
- Lumsden H., Holmes D., (Eds.) (2010) Care of the Newborn by Ten Teachers. London Hodder Arnold.
- Tappero E.P., Honeyfield M.E., (2010) Physical Assessment of the Newborn: A Comprehensive Approach to the Art of Physical Examination 4th ed. Santa Rosa California. NICU Ink Book Publishers.
Assessment, Feedback, and Teaching and Learning methods
Full details are available in the programme specification.
The teaching timetable should be available from the end of August. Access to the timetable is through the Student Hub – you will be able to access the Student Hub after you have completed online registration. The teaching day is 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday; please keep your other commitments open until confirmation of your teaching timetable, and bear in mind that many courses will offer placements or fieldwork which sometimes extends into the evenings and weekends.
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Evidence of prior successful study at underpinning level.
You must be working in, or have access to, an appropriate practice environment as you will be required to submit a case study based on the examination of an infant. This case study will need to include pertinent history taking/information gathering skills, diagnostic tests (if appropriate) that may be needed, and/or referral pathways, gestational age, physical and developmental assessment; relating these assessment findings to any underlying pathological or physiological changes. The case study must also include family adaptation, and coping skills and an appropriate plan of care/discharge.
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