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Neonatal Education in Scotland
Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) and the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) work collaboratively to deliver neonatal education at 'Qualified in Specialty' and Advanced Practice levels.


University of the West of Scotland - Qualified in Speciality (QIS)
The programme consists of 3 modules - Special Care, Intensive Care (incorporating High Dependency) and Work Based Learning. Successful completion allows the student to graduate with the Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Nursing and to be recognised as being 'Qualified in Specialty'. The programme is delivered at SCQF level 10. The programme begins in February of each year and students can take up to 12 months to complete dependent on the time available to achieve the required clinical hours and competencies. Students are required to evidence the achievement of 750 clinical hours for the whole programme with at least 250 being achieved within the intensive care setting.

Following completion of the programme and a period of consolidation within practice, students can be supported to undertake the Advanced Neonatal Practice programme or other programmes/modules at postgraduate level.


Advanced Neonatal Practice
This programme is designed to enable 'Qualified in Speciality' nurses to progress their practice to an advanced level.

There are 3 core modules which students are required to complete - Pathophysiology, Decision Making and Work Based learning. The delivery of these modules is shared between UWS and ENU.

Students then undertake Independent Prescribing, Research Methods and option modules, depending on previous studies.

The Research and Enquiry dissertation module completes the MSc programme.


Edinburgh Napier University - Qualified in Speciality (QIS)
The programme consists of 2 modules developed and delivered at academic level 10. The Special Care Module runs over one academic trimester and the Intensive Care/ High Dependency Module which runs over 2 academic trimesters. The programme begins in September of each year with a completion time of the end of August the following year. Students are required to evidence the achievement of 1050 clinical hours for the whole programme and complete the required core clinical competencies. If successful in attainment of clinical competencies and the theoretical assessment components on all of the modules, the students exit with a Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Nursing and are recognised as being 'Qualified in Speciality' (QIS). Edinburgh Napier University also offers neonatal students with no previous degree the opportunity to apply these 60 credits to achieve a BSc exit award in Neonatal Nursing.

There is also the opportunity at Edinburgh Napier University for staff, generally employed in special care neonatal units at band 4, to undertake the special care module. This is delivered and assessed at academic level 8.


Advanced Neonatal Practice at ENU
This programme is designed to enable 'Qualified in Speciality' nurses to progress their practice to an advanced level.

There are 3 core modules which students are required to complete - Pathophysiology, Decision Making and Work Based learning. The delivery of these modules is shared between UWS and ENU.

Students then undertake Independent Prescribing, Research Methods and the dissertation option modules.

Some students are released from clinical practice to study at Masters level on a full time basis, others complete their studies part time.


Both Universities
The teaching and learning material for each module is delivered using a blended learning approach. This means there are face to face sessions at each university and on line learning activities delivered via the university's virtual learning environment called Moodle. This enables 24/7 access to course information, learning materials and assessments.

The programmes are designed to assist the student to build on existing knowledge and skills. This enables the management of professional and personal development whilst achieving the professional recognition of being 'Qualified in Speciality' or progressing to become an advanced practitioner.

Clinical Practice Educators support students studying both on MSc and QIS programmes at both University sites.

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