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‘Hip hip’ hooray for the NIPE screening programme national conference

A crowd of attendees listening to a speaker at the newborn and infant physical examination conference in Manchester in September
Attendees listening to a speaker at the NIPE conference in Manchester in September 2019

The national newborn and infant physical examination (NIPE) conference took place in Manchester on 25 September 2019. The event attracted over 170 attendees, including midwives, doctors, failsafe officers, quality assurance (QA) teams, advanced neonatal nurse practitioners, screening commissioners and students.

Andrew Rostron, National Programmes Lead for Antenatal and Newborn Screening Programmes, chaired the day.

A breakdown of the conference

Jill Walker, the NIPE programme manager, began by updating us with the current work tasks in the NIPE Programme.

She spoke about several items including:

  • the updated NIPE clinical handbook that was published in August 2019
  • successful implementation of the SMaRT 4 NIPE (S4N) system
  • future hip screening changes
  • the current and future work schedule
Slide with the title 'Programme screening' with some text in bullet points below and an illustration of the skeletal structure of a baby and an adult hand holding the hip area
One of the presentation slides from the NIPE conference. NIPE practitioners are asked not to make any changes yet as full details will be circulated by the NIPE programme when the exact implementation date for the new standards has been agreed

The rest of the day included a series of excellent clinical talks on the 4 national NIPE screening elements: eyes, heart, hips and testes. Experts in each field gave knowledgeable, enthusiastic and entertaining talks. There was also some exciting information about possible future developments including research and emerging screening tools.

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The afternoon started with a session on shared learning in NIPE, followed by a lively interactive quiz on S4N and data. We then heard talks on NIPE university training, the role of the NIPE failsafe officer, identifying gaps in the screening pathway and SMaRT4 NIPE (S4N) helpdesk customer survey results.

Positive feedback

Rachel Best (University of Nottingham), an attendee speaking about the conference, said:

I thoroughly enjoyed the National NIPE conference. It was a great opportunity to network with fellow NIPE examiners and share practice. The updates on the mandatory aspects of NIPE were extremely well presented — evidence-based, great tips for practice, thought-provoking and humorous!

As an educator, it was extremely beneficial to hear how NIPE has been incorporated into the undergraduate curriculum and discuss this further with colleagues present from other universities. The organisation of the day, the speakers, the venue and refreshments provided were all top quality and it was an extremely valuable day. Thank you!

We would like to say thank you to all the speakers and to everyone for attending and making it an interesting, interactive and wholly worthwhile day.

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