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NLS - Newborn Life Support

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The Resuscitation Council (UK) Newborn Life Support (NLS) course was launched in 1999 and is a standardised national course providing clear practical instruction in airway support and the theoretical background to illustrate its importance in resuscitation of the newborn.  

The NLS course has the support of professional bodies from a number of relevant disciplines.

Each year, on average, 300 courses are held and 6,000 healthcare professionals are trained.

Who is this course suitable for?
The NLS course is designed for any healthcare professional involved in the delivery and care of the newborn infant. This includes both junior and senior medical and nursing staff, midwives, paramedics and resuscitation officers. All applicants must hold a professional healthcare qualification or be in training for a professional healthcare qualification.

Learning outcomes

  • The NLS course teaches the knowledge and skills required to:
  • approach the management of a newborn infant during the first 10-20 minutes in a competent manner;
  • understand the processes underlying apnoea, bradycardia and poor condition at birth;
  • deliver practical airway management and ventilatory support. 

Course structure
NLS courses are held at centres throughout the United Kingdom and are approved and certificated by the Resuscitation Council (UK). This ensures uniformity of content and standard regardless of the course centre.

The course is run over one day. All candidates will be registered on the Learning Management System (LMS) to access the pre-course multiple choice questionnaire (MCQ), course evaluation and post course certificates.  

The course programme consists of lectures, skill stations and teaching simulations.

Assessment and Certification
There are two assessment components on the NLS course: 

  1. Airway test – candidates will need to demonstrate the core skills of airway management of a newborn infant and show what steps to take if initial attempts at management are unsuccessful, both when alone and when working as part of a team.
  2. MCQ

Successful candidates receive a Resuscitation Council (UK) NLS provider certificate, which is valid for 4 years. NLS Providers can only recertify by attending a full NLS provider course. The NLS course is recognised for 5 continuing professional development (CPD) points.

Pre-course preparation
The course manual is sent to candidates one month before the course. Candidates are expected to have prepared for the course by reading the manual and submitting their completed pre-course MCQ paper before attending the face-to-face course. Candidates are advised to complete the pre-course MCQ without reference to the manual. 

Programme

Course regulations

NLS 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 £15.50 per NLS 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
LondonHomerton City Hospital20 June 2018
Reading Royal Berkshire Hospital26 June 2018
HullHull Royal Infirmary27 June 2018
LondonRoyal Free London NHS Foundation Trust28 June 2018
WatfordWest Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust29 June 2018
HerefordCounty Hospital 03 July 2018
Leeds Leeds Teaching Hospitals05 July 2018
BoltonRoyal Bolton Hospital05 July 2018
Stoke-on-TrentKeele University05 July 2018
BristolUniversity Hospitals Bristol NHS...05 July 2018

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NLS course documents

Continuing Professional Development for Nurses and Midwives

Continuing Professional Development for Nurses and Midwives
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