Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE)

Continuing Professional Development (short course)

Cambridge, Chelmsford

6 months

Module level: 6 and 7

Module credits: 30 credits


Focus on the specialist knowledge and skills required to competently undertake thorough examinations of newborns or infants in practice.

You will utilise in-depth knowledge and understanding that you have gained to enable you to recognise the deviations from the normal to initiate appropriate care and referral. Critical reflection and completion of the practice documents will allow you to further identify your learning needs and develop your scope of professional practice. You will need to work in the appropriate clinical environment to undertake the NIPE under the supervision of a health professional with the NIPE qualification as a pre-requisite of the module.

How you’ll learn
You’ll use our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and will have a document to complete in practice to support your learning. There is an emphasis on skills-based components and work-based learning.  Experienced clinical mentors will help you connect the theory you learn with your practice, and you’ll also be allocated a personal tutor. You will be encouraged to organise elective visits to relevant clinics, such as cleft palate or heart clinics, within your trusts to enhance your own learning needs.

You’ll complete a number of practical Newborn and Infant Physical examinations within your trust, which will include reflection and critical analysis of your experiences.  You will also do an observed simulated clinical examination (OSCE).

Who should attend?

You must be a registered healthcare practitioner, for example a midwife, neonatal nurse or health visitor, and be working in a clinical environment that allows you to develop your skills in practice.


Please note that dates and delivery method(s) may be subject to change, in line with the latest Covid-19 guidelines, as necessary to ensure the safety of all.

Dates for both campuses – blended learning

16 January 2023 – face to face

17 January – face to face

30 January – face to face

31 January – online

20 February – face to face

13 March – face to face

w/c 20 March – self-managed learning - students go into practice for the day

17 April – face to face

8 May – face to face

9 May – face to face

w/c 22 May – self-managed learning - students go into practice for the day

12 June – face to face

w/c 26 June – self-managed learning - students go into practice for the day

w/c 31 July – exams

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.

We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.

We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

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Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

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Fees & funding

Course fees

30 Credits (Level 6) for courses starting in 2022/23


30 credits (Level 7) for courses starting in 2022/23


Funding for CPD

Please ask your manager or Education Lead about available funding before you apply.

Contact details

Theresa Vince (Chelmsford)

Lyn Dolby (Cambridge)

CPD admissions team

Entry requirements

To access this course, you will:

  • be a registered midwife, health visitor or nurse
  • be working in a hospital or neonatal unit.
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