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ARNI - Advanced Resuscitation of the Newborn Infant course

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ARNI - Advanced Resuscitation of the Newborn Infant

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The Resuscitation Council (UK) Advanced Resuscitation of the Newborn Infant (ARNI) course was launched in 2014 and was developed with support from the baby charity Bliss. The ARNI course is a standardised national course which teaches a systematic approach to the rapid assessment and initial management of the newborn with worrying or life-threatening signs.

Each year, on average, 5 courses are held and 60 healthcare professionals are trained.

Who is this course suitable for?
The ARNI provider course is designed for healthcare professionals involved in the delivery and care of newborn infants in a role more advanced than that of first responder.  Candidates must hold a current Resuscitation Council (UK) NLS provider certificate and should be involved in care of the pre-term and sick newborn infants. Candidates will mainly be medical staff at ST3 level and above (in or about to commence a 2nd tier role) or neonatal nurses with a qualification in the specialty. The ARNI course will also be appropriate for others such as experienced paramedics working with newborn transfer teams, resuscitation officers with a significant regular newborn workload and anaesthetists with a newborn or PICU practice.

Learning outcomes

The ARNI course:

  • emphasises the importance of timely interventions and of human factors on improving outcomes; 
  • focuses on communication between professionals and families;
  • reinforces a secure knowledge base and provides practical skills teaching;
  • focuses on good communication and team working to improve performance and quality of care in high-risk situations;
  • focuses on support required for babies and their families when delivery occurs prematurely, as well as babies born with congenital abnormalities such as surgical and cardiac problems;  
  • addresses models of care in dealing with life-threatening emergencies occurring in infants receiving care on a newborn care unit as well as unexpected post-natal collapse. 

Course structure
ARNI courses are held at a small number of centres throughout the UK and are approved and certified by the Resuscitation Council (UK). This ensures uniformity of content and standard regardless of the centre.

ARNI is a 2-day course and the course programme consists of lectures, workshops, practical stations and low fidelity simulations run in real time. There are usually 16 candidates on each course, allocated to 4 groups of 4.   

Assessment and Certification
There are both summative and continuous elements to assessment on this course.  There are two airway stations that candidates must pass in order to progress. Continuous assessment also takes place throughout the course and candidates will be assessed on each simulation and communication workshop. Instructors will provide regular feedback and will be clear with candidates about their progress towards the expected standard for ARNI providers.  

Candidates who successfully complete the course receive a Resuscitation Council (UK) ARNI provider certificate, which is valid for 4 years. 

The ARNI course is recognised for up to 10 continuing professional development (CPD) points.

Pre-course preparation
Candidates will receive a manual at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the course and they are advised to study the manual carefully before attending the course.

Programme

Course regulations

ARNI courses are held throughout the year at centres across the UK. To apply, candidates should search for a course below and contact individual course centres for application details. Course fees are decided locally by the course centre; the Resuscitation Council (UK) only charges the course centre £26 per candidate registration and £28 per ARNI manual. For further information on any aspect of the course, please contact the NLS Co-ordinator at NLS@resus.org.uk

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TownCourse CentreStart date
MiddlesbroughThe James Cook University Hospital 29 March 2017
SalfordManchester Royal Infirmary26 April 2017
LondonHammersmith Hospital25 May 2017
LeedsLeeds Teaching Hospitals15 June 2017
LeedsLeeds Teaching Hospitals29 November 2017
LeicesterUniversity Hospitals of Leicester NHS...05 December 2017