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Foundation Training Programme

The Neonatal Foundation Training Programme is a structured six month programme of learning with both practical and theoretical components, assessed at degree level, both parts need to be successfully completed in order to attain a certificate of completion from the SSBCNN and 20 credits at Level Six (Degree level) from Keele University.

The Foundation Training Programme was developed on the following principles:

  • A number of newly qualified nurses in the region would be unable to gain employment as nurses in the current financial situation of the NHS and would be lost to the NHS if they did not complete a programme of preceptorship within a timely period of completing their training.
  • Undertaking a network induction programme for newly qualified nurses will widen the pool from which the neonatal units can recruit nurses who have already completed an induction into neonatal care and who will have been assessed as competent at a known level.
  • Undertaking a network wide induction programme will ensure all the nurses are trained and assessed as competent to the same minimum level providing a standardised approach to care reducing risks to patients.

This also contributes to the Networks objectives aimed at developing a sustainable service to ensure that mothers and babies are treated in the right place, at the right time and by appropriately skilled staff; addressing key issues such as capacity, equipment, workforce, practice development, recruitment and retention.

The programme was developed for use in the Staffordshire, Shropshire and Black Country (SSBC) Newborn Network by adapting material from the following sources; Nottingham Neonatal Service Document, Manchester Pre-Course Document, Trent Neonatal Network Comepetency Framework Document, induction packages from all six units within the SSBC Newborn Network and the Drug Assessment Document from the NNU at New Cross Hospital.

The programme was written to be delivered over a six month period.  The Neonatal Foundation Training Programme is a structured six month programme of learning with both practical and theoretical components, assessed at degree level, both parts need to be successfully completed in order to attain a certificate of completion from the SSBCNN.

In  addition learners can enrol on the programme with Keele University and if they successfully complete the Foundation Programme (attend the study days, complete the competency document and pass the assignments) will now attain 20 credits at Level Six (Degree level) from Keele University, this can be transferable to other University establishments and will attract between 15 and 20 credits.