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First ever newborn physical examination programme handbook published

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Cover of the Newborn and Infant Physical Examination Screening Programme Handbook 2016/17.
The first ever NIPE programme handbook

We are delighted to have published the first ever NHS Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) Screening Programme Handbook, which informs practitioners who carry out the NIPE examination and supports best clinical screening practice.

This new guidance document (right) covers the screening elements undertaken as part of the head-to-toe newborn and 6-8 week examination of the baby.

References to the newborn and infant physical examination in the handbook relate to the 4 screening elements only:

  • eyes
  • heart
  • hips
  • testes

The NIPE team took into account valuable input from clinical experts and other stakeholders when putting together the new handbook. It is a comprehensive document that includes useful background  information such as incidence rates, associated risk factors, good practice points when undertaking the NIPE examination, and information on screen negative and screen positive pathways.

Previous standalone programme statements have been reviewed and incorporated,  along with a handy summary of the programme standards and NIPE key performance indicators (KPIs).

The handbook should be used in conjunction with the following publications:

The handbook will be reviewed at least annually. We would welcome any feedback on its content via email to the PHE Screening helpdesk.

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