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Course details

  • Duration: 5 weeks
  • Live online sessions: tbc
  • Fees: £495
  • Venue: Online
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This short course will develop your skills and understanding of the prerequisites for the health of the neonate. This includes appropriate assessment and management of maternal health and initial care and stabilisation of the neonate. This will be illustrated using various maternal and neonatal conditions such as congenital infections, anomalies requiring surgery and prematurity. Emphasis will be placed on the multidisciplinary and teamworking approach of perinatology and upon ethical decision making within the field.

Topics covered will include:

  • Maternal health and its impact on neonatal outcomes
  • Fetal medicine for the paediatric/neonatal practitioner
  • Resuscitation, stabilisation of the high risk and complex neonate
  • Initial postnatal management of the high risk and complex neonate
  • Ethical aspects and redirection of care
  • Neonatal surgical conditions
  • Global maternal and neonatal health

The course is part of a range of short courses spread throughout the academic year which are available both to students who are enrolled on the MSc Applied Paediatrics course and as stand-alone CPD accredited programmes for all healthcare professionals.

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Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Critically apply theory and practice to formulate a management plan for a baby born to a mother with conditions that affect the health of the fetus and neonate at birth and the immediate postnatal period
  • Propose an approach to the resuscitation, stabilisation, ongoing management and redirection of care, where appropriate, of neonates with conditions that are complex or unanticipated before birth in the immediate postnatal period
  • Critically appraise new research findings against the background of existing guidelines and protocols and apply these to improve the perinatal management of neonates
  • Compose effective strategies to communicate with the parents of a neonate with the need for medical support

Who should attend?

This course will benefit paediatricians, obstetricans, GPs, nurses, midwives, therapists, and other healthcare professionals involved in Child Health and fetal wellbeing.

As the course is a multi-professional programme, students will develop an understanding of how their own individual behaviours, and those of the teams within which they work, can have a significant influence on the quality of care delivered.

Course structure

This fully online course is run over 5 consecutive weeks and you are expected to conduct ~ 7 hours per week of guided and self-directed asynchronous learning, which also incorporates group work online. There are also planned synchronous sessions during the course to discuss ideas, present group and individual work and to facilitate further learning.

The course consists of several synchronous sessions on a video-conferencing platform, where you will experience active learning, as well as weekly online tasks and related activities for you to complete individually or in small groups. This is supported by case-based learning and practical guidance. 

The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) hosts guidance and support with resources and tasks that you can study at your own pace within the suggested parameters. The VLE supports your academic journey and helps you to connect with other students for networking, community building and active co-construction of your learning.

Evidence of sufficient participation will be required to obtain a course certificate.

Live online sessions

The course consists of several synchronous sessions on a video-conferencing platform held on the following dates (UK time)*: tbc


Optional assessment

Participants have the option of completing an assessment component and on completion will be provided with an official Imperial College London transcript of results. Details of the assessment and deadline for submission will be given during the course. Please note that there is an additional assessment fee payable in full prior to submission date. Please contact us for further information.