The newborn infant physical examination incorporating the theory into midwifery education

Tracey Jones, Christine Furber

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The Newborn Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) can be performed by any qualified health professional, although changes to the roles of health professionals has led to an increase in midwives undertaking continuing professional development (CPD) modules, in order to embrace the NIPE role.

The curriculum planning team at the University of Manchester recognised the diverse structures of CPD modules throughout the UK and sought to incorporate the theoretical component of NIPE training into pre-registration midwifery education.

The team consulted with local and national stakeholders to assess the need for NIPE education, and the possible challenges.

Evaluations from the first cohort of students have been positive, especially in relation to increased employability.

Including the theory of the NIPE into pre-registration midwifery education has been successful, although support to develop the clinical elements of the NIPE is still needed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)593
Number of pages597
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
Issue number9
Early online date12 Sept 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • newborn infant physical examination
  • midwifery education


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