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NHS Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) Screening Programme

About

The NHS Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) Screening Programme’s main aim is to identify and refer all children born with congenital abnormalities of the eyes, heart, hips, and testes, where these are detectable, within 72 hours of birth; to further identify those abnormalities that may become detectable by 6-8 weeks of age, at the second physical examination, and thereby reduce morbidity and mortality. These ages are recommended based on best practice and current evidence and should facilitate a prompt referral for early clinical assessment.

NHS newborn and infant physical examination e-learning module

The NHS newborn and infant physical examination e-learning module is aimed at health care professionals who undertake newborn and infant physical examination (NIPE) screening in the NHS in England. 

It covers the 4 screening elements of the physical examination:

  • eyes

  • heart

  • hips

  • testes

As a useful addition to formal training, the module uses film and animation to illustrate robust screening pathways and best practice.

Read a brief description of each unit within this module:  

Unit 1 NIPE Screening Programme

Offers an overview of the aim and purpose of the Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) Screening Programme, and the benefits of timely screening of the four NIPE screening elements eyes, heart, hips and testes. 

Unit 2 Examination of the eyes

Explains the purposes of the screening examination of the eyes and offers clinical guidance, information and key points for best practice .

Unit 3 Examination of the Cardiovascular System

Explains the purposes of the screening examination of the cardiovascular system and offers clinical guidance , information and key points for best practice 

Unit 4 Examination of the hips

Explains the purposes of the screening examination of the hips and offers clinical guidance , information and key points for best practice 

Unit 5 Examination of the Testes

Explains the purposes of the screening examination of the testes and offers clinical guidance , information and key points for best practice

Unit 6 Achieving Quality

Outlines issues relating to the importance of offer of screening to all babies, concordance with the screening  pathway and accurate record keeping in order to maximise the benefits of screening and ensure early intervention as required 

Unit 7 Quick Reference Toolbox

Brings together a number of key resources from earlier units for quick reference.

 

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