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Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE)

CPD and short courses (short course)

Cambridge, Chelmsford, ARU Peterborough

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: this course is delivered face-to-face on campus. Dates may be subject to change.

Chelmsford or Cambridge dates (Trimester 2-3):

  • 15, 16, 29, 30 January 2024
  • 11 March
  • 7 May
  • 24 June
  • w/c 29 July (Exams)

Peterborough dates (Trimester 1-2 2024-25):

  • 23 September 2024
  • 7, 8, 21, 22 October
  • 2 December
  • 13 January 2025
  • 25 February
  • 17 March
  • w/c 28 April (Exams)

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care at ARU is primed to meet the demand for healthcare professionals, doctors, scientists and social workers in the East of England.

We've 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 our students want the very best experiential learning, and we've invested heavily in purpose-built simulated wards, science labs and skills spaces, to support your learning every step of the way.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

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Study in the heart of Peterborough, a historic yet thriving city that's a great home for students.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

30 credits (Level 6) for courses starting in 2023/24


30 credits (Level 7) for courses starting in 2023/24


30 Credits (Level 6) for courses starting in 2024/25


30 credits (Level 7) for courses starting in 2024/25


Funding for CPD

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

Contact details

Theresa Vince (Academic Lead - Cambridge and Chelmsford)
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Carl Allen (Academic Lead - Peterborough)
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Ana Lopez (Module Lead - Peterborough)
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CPD admissions team
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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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