Posted on 04/17/2017 in Business


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The British Paediatric Neurology Association with Consultant Neonatologist colleagues



The British Paediatric Neurology Association with Consultant Neonatologist colleagues, have developed a new
2–day course: “Neonatal Neurology Assessment and Treatment Education” (NeoNATE). The aim is to improve neonatal neurological education and therefore improve the diagnosis and management of neonates with neurological disorders.

The course will allow discussion of common neonatal neurological topics, such as hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy and preterm brain injury, alongside other presentations, such as the floppy and stiff baby. We also will review practical skills, like amplitude integrated electroencephalography (EEG) interpretation and the neonatal neurological examination.

This 2–day course has a variety of educational formats including a mixture of didactic teaching sessions and small group workshops, with opportunities to discuss interesting topics with an experienced panel. The involvement of a multidisciplinary faculty helps to ensure a broad range of topics and experiences are covered at an appropriate level.


The aim of this course is to improve neonatal neurological education and therefore improve the diagnosis and management of neonates with neurological disorders.

By the end of the NeoNATE course, participants will be able to: (1) know how to perform a neonatal neurological examination; (2) recognize seizure from non–seizure movement; (3) consider the advantages and disadvantages of amplitude integrated EEG (cerebral function monitoring) and standard EEG; (4) know how to interpret basic amplitude integrated EEG traces and EEG reports; (5) demonstrate how to order a standard EEG effectively; (6) understand what encephalopathy is, how to assess and grade its severity; (7) look for clues for hypoxic and other causes of encephalopathy; (8) understand current thinking on neuroprotection in hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy; (9) recognize common MRI features in encephalopathy; (10) know the causes of seizures that are not related to hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy, including seizure syndromes seen in neonates; (11) understand current treatment options for neonatal seizures; (12) know the presentation of neonatal stroke and long term prognosis; (13) assess a floppy and stiff neonate and decide on the anatomical locality of the abnormality; (14) review the limitations of prognosis in the antenatal clinic; (15) understand currently thinking on the causes of preterm brain injury; (16) improve knowledge of long term prognosis of preterm brain injury; (17) feel more confident in providing prognostic information to families on the neonatal unit; (18) know when to ask for help from other specialities.



This course has been developed for: Consultant Neonatologists and neonatal grid trainees, Consultant Paediatric Neurologists and neurology grid trainees, Consultant Paediatricians who provide neonatology services in DGHs and paediatric trainees, Advanced neonatal nurse practitioners / nurse consultants.

Contact information: 

British Paediatric Neurology Association

Postal Address: BPNA Secretariat

The Coach House, Rear of 22 Chorley New Road, Bolton BL1 4AP, United Kingdom


Telephone: +44 (0)1204 526002

Fax: +44 (0)1204 528394


Philippa Rodie - Executive Director

Tel:  +44 (0)1204 526002



UK Short courses (PET, NeoNATE, Children's Headache, Movement Disorders etc)

Gail Young (working hours Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm)

Secretariat Manager

Tel: +44 (0)1204 526002



Leanne Broadley (working hours Monday-Friday, 1pm-5pm)

Short Course Co-ordinator

Tel: +44 (0)1204 526002


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