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Physical Assessment and Care of the Newborn - Level 7 - AC7034


About this course

This module enables midwives and neonatal professionals to enhance their existing skills and expertise in examination and care of the newborn. The module is work based which enables you to learn in a familiar environment. 

If you have any questions or queries about this module please contact us via email at or call (0191) 4060901.

On this module, you will learn to be a Newborn and Infant and Physical Examination (NIPE) practitioner. You will develop your current understanding of newborn assessment. Newborn examination skills will be enhanced to incorporate competency in performing the 4 specific screening elements of the NHS Newborn and Infant and Physical Examination (NIPE) programme, these are the examination of the newborn heart, testes, eyes and the hips. You will learn about the NHS Newborn and Infant Physical Examination Screening (NIPE) Programme, the rationale for the newborn examination standards, and the implementation of the programme in the UK. You will determine how this will direct your practice and understanding of referral and decision making. Guided study will enable you to review and increase your knowledge of newborn physiology, the normal parameters of health and potential deviations from normal as well as understanding the aetiology and recognition of congenital abnormalities. You will evaluate the practitioner accountability and responsibility when assuming an enhanced role

The module will assist you to embrace specific aspects of newborn wellbeing, you will review contemporary evidence and research to evaluate care, for example neonatal jaundice. The newborn examination is an opportunity to dialogue with parents and to reinforce health promotion messages, you will review the evidence base and communication approaches when addressing for example, safe sleeping, recognising the ill baby and responsive parenting.

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Learn from the Best

Designed by a multi-professional team including Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Midwives, Social Care Staff and Medical practitioners our range of Continuing Workforce Development (CWD) is tailored towards individuals who are driving and enabling practice development in NHS North East.

Northumbria is the principal provider of nurse education in the North East of England and was named Nurse Education Provider of the Year (post-registration) for three consecutive years by Student Nursing Times.

We have excellent relationships with partner services in health, social care and social work and our range of CPD provision supports practitioners and managers to engage in professional learning and then examine how this can be integrated in the practice arena.


Teaching and Assessment

You will learn through a series of themed seminars, lectures and skills workshops; these will inform and be informed by your personal practice experience. The supervised clinical experience will develop your newborn examination skills that include history taking and clinical decision making. You will become increasingly skilled and confident in performing the physical examination and in determining the appropriate care and referral plan when necessary. Skills will be taught and rehearsed in a simulated setting followed by work based performance under the supervision of an experienced Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) practitioner.

You will be signposted to directed and independent study learning activities, and guided to access and review contemporary evidence and research which will inform your critique of practice in newborn examination and care. Workbooks will direct your preparation for, and the consolidation of programmed teaching. You will be registered to access the NIPE e-learning module which uses film clips and animation to illustrate best practice and provide students with an interactive and informative learning experience. The module team will be available for support during the module; formative feedback will be provided during the practice and theory contact opportunities. Reflective practice will be an important component during the module and you will be encouraged to review your personal journey of extending your role and in determining a personal strategy for practice.

Northumbria University’s e-Learning portal (ELP) will allow you remote access to the library resources.

Learning Environment

This module is based at our Coach Lane Campus where you will have access to cutting-edge facilities with technology embedded through all aspects of your CPD course.



Research-rich Learning

Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartile in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing. Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).


Give Your Career an Edge

On successful completion of the module you will be recognised as a Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) practitioner, this provides opportunity for you to accept enhanced professional responsibility and involvement with an extended aspect of practice that is engaging and rewarding. Recognition as a NIPE practitioner is increasingly beneficial when competing for new employment in the maternity service.


Course info

Award Type Level 7

Sector Health, Sport and Social Care

Study Mode Part Time

Location Coach Lane Campus

Start 12th September 2019

This course would suit a range of healthcare professionals who would like to develop their practice in the area of physical assessment and associated screening of the newborn baby. It is recommended for those practitioners who are either currently required to use these skills in practice or in the near future. You must be able to secure mentoring and support from a suitably qualified clinical mentor in your employing trust; these are likely to include midwives who are providing NIPE, specialist trainees in paediatrics, Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioners.

Previous evidence of level 5 study.

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. You will appraise the principles of screening and physical assessment standards applied to the Newborn

2. You will demonstrate an informed understanding of the newborn parameters of health and wellbeing

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

3. You will demonstrate competence to perform the Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) screening and examination of the newborn

4. You will critically appraise evidence and research, and draw conclusions of its usefulness to inform newborn examination and care practice

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

5. You will evaluate your professional role, and personal responsibility when assuming the remit as a NIPE practitioner

If you have any questions or queries about this module please contact us via email at or call (0191) 4060901.

Please register your interest for this course and we will be in touch once we have confirmed dates.

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