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Newborn Infant Physical Examination



Monday 15 January 2018


UEA, Norwich

Event Category:


Start Date

January 2018

Service Priority

Maternity, Newborn & Children's Health


10 Days







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 Public Health 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 guideline CG37 2015).

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

15, 16, 17, 24 & 25 January 2018

20 February

12 March

17 April

17 May

13 June

* please be advised that course dates and timings may change


Course Director

Kirsty Tweedie


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