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The Examination of the Newborn

Key Facts

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    6 months

  • Starting:

    September, April

  • Fees UK:

    Part-time: £1,275 per 30 module

  • Location:


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This is a professional qualification undertaken with full support of your line-manager and regular access to newborn infants and their parent(s) within an appropriate clinical environment.

The purpose of this module is to undertake the full physical examination of the newborn infant from an holistic perspective, critically appraising and evaluating the relevant antenatal and intrapartum factors in relation to contemporary literature and professional responsibilities, in accordance with local / national policy and the current standards of the NIPE Screening Committee, Public Health England.

Apply for September 2021/22

To register your interest, or for more information about the module, please email:

Updated 12/11/2021


  • Highly popular and sought after part-time module.
  • NMC and GMC registrants can apply at Level 6 (BSc) or Level 7 (Masters).
  • Active blended learning comprising face-to-face and virtual teaching offering flexibility.
  • Supported by credible lecturers experienced in the field of NIPE and contemporary midwifery practice.
  • Eligible to undertake the full systematic examination of the newborn (NIPE) on successful completion.

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Course Content

  • You will draw on existing knowledge of the behavioural and physical health of the newborn infant to prepare you for in-depth exploration of cardiovascular and respiratory systems, the testes, eyes and hip stability. The module will develop your understanding of embryo and fetal development with a focus on critical periods that may be influenced by environmental and maternal factors. You will explore influences across the pregnancy continuum that affect neonatal health and undertake thorough history taking, enabling you to identify infants at risk of complications. You will develop your communication skills with care givers to incorporate health promotion opportunities and breaking bad news. You will apply local and national guidelines in relation to care practices and referral pathways and use effective communication skills with the multidisciplinary team to meet the needs of mothers and babies.

    You will have access to a range of learning facilities which include seminars and practical workshops at Waterside Campus, Northampton. Online activities will incorporate interactive learning units and remotely delivered tutorials, accessed via the Northampton Integrated Learning Environment (NILE).

    You will be required to observe and undertake a number of practical systematic examinations of the newborn infant within your NHS trust, supervised by a qualified NIPE practitioner and supported by a nominated Practice Assessor. Your Practice Assessment Portfolio will be your evidence of completing the required number of examinations which will include critical reflection of your experiences. A case based assessment in the form of an Oral examination (VIVA) and production of an essay to meet module learning outcomes will be supported by tutorials and learning resources to equip you for independent study and assessment preparation.

    Methods of Learning and Assessments
    • Practice Assessment Portfolio (6,000 words) – Pass / Fail
    • VIVA Case based assessment (30 minutes) Graded – 50%
    • Essay   (2,500 words) Graded  – 50%

    Please contact Melanie Cole, Senior Lecturer and Module Leader, for more information by email:

  • To study at Level 7 you will need to demonstrate:

    • a proven ability to achieve at least a 2:1 degree classification at undergraduate level, or
    • the ability to study at Level 7 prior to applying for the module.
    Pre-course requirements
    • You will need to provide evidence of full support from your line manager prior to module commencement and be working in or have regular access to a relevant clinical practice environment and mothers with their new-born babies.
    • You will hold a current Nursing and Midwifery Council registration as a Midwife, Nurse or Health Visitor or with the General Medical Council as a General Practitioner or Paediatrician.
    • You will need to provide evidence of full support from your line manager prior to module commencement and be working in or have regular access to a relevant clinical practice environment and mothers with their new-born babies.
    • Please complete this form with your manager and attach a scanned copy to your online application
  • 2022/23 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • Module costs: £1,275 per 30 credit module for either L6 or L7.
    2021/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • Module costs: £1,245 per 30 credit module for either L6 or L7.
  • When can I start performing newborn examinations in practice under supervision?

    The core teaching and learning components of the module will be delivered within the first six weeks after which you may observe five full systematic examinations of the newborn before undertaking independent examinations under supervision.

    What technology device will I need access to whilst undertaking this module?

    You will need access to an electronic device with a microphone and camera ability in order to access module resources and participate in tutor mediated online sessions alongside peers, held in a virtual classroom within the Northampton Integrated Learning Environment (NILE).

    How will I be supported with the technology used on the theory component of this module?

    Your module tutors will guide you on the use of electronic platforms and technology enhanced learning during the module. Students can access the Learning Technologists for services and guides on the use of the Northampton Integrated Learning Environment (NILE).

    Who will support me with literature searching and academic writing?

    You will receive timetabled input from the University of Northampton Academic Librarian on accessing library resources and developing study skills.

    How will I be notified of my timetable?

    The module leader will be able to inform you of the dates you will be required to attend campus or engage in tutor facilitated online learning during the application process. Please note assessment submission dates and a full timetable will be made available at the time of the module launch.

    How long do I have to wait for assessment outcomes?

    Results for practical OSCE assessments, written assignments which include essays and portfolio’s will be released to students 4 weeks after the submission date.

    How can I access personal and academic support whilst undertaking the module?

    You will be allocated a Personal Tutor (PT) at the launch of the module who will support you in achieving the best from your time with us. You can contact your PT to discuss any aspects relating to your studies or to be signposted to more specialist support services if this is required.

    What format will the Practice Assessment Portfolio take?

    Your Practice Assessment Portfolio will be a hard copy document that will require hand written input by yourself, your supervisors in clinical practice and your practice assessor.

    What are the mandatory training requirements in the clinical environment?

    You will be required to comply with mandatory training requirements laid down by your NHS Trust. You are advised to ensure your mandatory training is complete and up to date prior to starting the module.

    Who else will support my learning and development whilst undertaking the module?

    Some theoretical components of the module will be supported by specialist practitioners within the field, for example, a paediatrician with cardiology expertise. Experienced NIPE practitioners from a range of backgrounds within your NHS Trust will usually welcome students who have questions or who wish to seek additional support.

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Kim Ebbs

Senior Lecturer in Practice (Midwifery)
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