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Newborn Infant Physical Examination Level 7 Module



Monday 14 January 2019 - Wednesday 12 June 2019


UEA, Norwich

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Start Date

14th January 2019

Service Priority

Maternity, Newborn & Children's Health


10 Days







This module is available as a Health CPD credit only module or can be taken as part of the Advanced Professional Practice programme.  For further information on the Advanced Professional Practice programme please visit

Course Information

The purpose of this module is to prepare midwives and neonatal nurses to undertake the physical examination of the newborn within 72 hours of birth. The newborn examination complies with UK National Screening Committee Standards and Competencies (UK National Screening Committee 2016) and is overseen by PublicHealth England. The module has been developed in conjunction with Neonatologists, Paediatricians, Heads of Midwifery, Practice Development Midwives and current and previous students who have undertaken Newborn Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) modules. The module satisfies the need of local NHS Trusts to train staff in examination of the newborn, in keeping with the criteria set in the NIPESC (2016) and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence Routine post natal care of women and their babies guideline (NICE 2006).

What will I learn?

1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the maternal health and family history, antenatal, birth and the perinatal influences which may impact on the health of the newborn.

2. Critically appraise research and other literature in the evidence base of this specialist area of midwifery/neonatal nursing practice.

3. Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of care which applies specialist knowledge, skills and expertise of inspection, palpation and auscultation in relationship to the assessment of the newborn.

4. Critically evaluate all aspects related to the assessment of the newborn including detection of abnormalities.

5. Critically evaluate effective communication skills with parents within a multi-cultural society, health care professionals and other agencies involved with the care of the newborn.

6. Identify and demonstrate critical awareness of the legal and ethical issues associated with Newborn Infant Physical Examination (NIPE)

7. Evaluate critically the midwife's/neonatal nurse's changing role in relationship to the holistic assessment of the newborn.

How will I learn?

Face to face learning

Study Dates


14th January 2019

Independent Study

23rd January 2019

16th April 2019


14th, 15th, 16th, 23rd, 24th January 2019

19th February 2019

11th March 2019


23rd January 2019

11th March 2019


16th May 2019


16th May 2019


12th June 2018

* please be advised that course dates and timings may change

Course Director

Kirsty Tweedie


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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