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Changes to NIPE programme standards and handbook

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The revised handbook is now available

Revisions to 2 NHS Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) screening programme clinical guidance documents have been published.

This blog is to help you identify changes to the programme standards and programme handbook, which have been made in response to feedback from stakeholders.

We know that there’s nothing worse than having to go through a whole document and work out what changes have been made, so in true Blue Peter style ‘here’s one I prepared earlier’.

Listed below are the main changes in both documents.

Programme standards changes

Standard 1 :  Identify the population and coverage

Trusts now report the KPI (NP1) standard by maternity service to give consistency with what happens in practice and what the guidance says. The wording for eligibility criteria has also been updated for clarity.

Standard 4: Timeliness of intervention for hip risk factors

The definitions for hip risk factors have been updated in order to provide clearer guidance.

Programme handbook changes

Updates to the handbook include:

  • further clarification of eligibility for the NIPE exam
  • further clarification of assessment of competency for health care professionals undertaking the NIPE exam
  • clearer classification and management of babies who have missed screening
  • the newborn screening pathway now includes updates to screen positive referral standards and hip risk factors to provide clarity and ensure consistency with NIPE screening standard definitions

Your views welcome

You might have noticed a difference in the way we've presented these 2 documents, as we’ve moved to HTML format (with the text directly on the webpage) rather than as a PDF.

Please let us know what you think via the screening helpdesk

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