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National NIPE IT system training well received

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Most trusts in England use the SMaRT 4 NIPE (S4N) IT system

Most trusts in England (98.5%) use the SMaRT 4 NIPE (S4N) IT system to record results of newborn infant physical examinations (NIPE). It’s really important the system is used consistently across the country to track babies across the whole of the screening pathway.

I held 5 online sessions between August and September for NIPE leads and the admin users who oversee the failsafe functionality of the system.

At least 164 participants joined the sessions. Some people were brave enough to have their cameras on and I could see several people in some rooms.

Thankfully, technology did not let us down and the sessions worked well. We had more engagement with these online sessions than we have had in the past with in-person events – proof that there are benefits to these new ways of working.

Session topics

The topics covered were:

  • access and use of the S4N training site
  • available resources
  • reminder of NIPE standards and key performance indicators (KPIs)
  • common errors with recording the examination
  • what referral outcomes should be recorded and how to record
  • available pre-defined searches
  • building bespoke searches
  • use of transfer lists
  • use of senior clinician review
  • when to set an ‘overall outcome status’


I received lots of positive feedback about the course.

Screening co-ordinator:

Thank you very much Geeta – we use a lot of the NIPE system in the way you suggested, but I have certainly learnt a couple of new things too!

Advanced neonatal nurse practitioner:

Thank you for the S4N training today, it was very useful.

Antenatal and newborn screening coordinator:

The session was extremely useful and a great refresher.

Future sessions

If you have not been able to attend any of the sessions, I plan to do one final ‘mop up’ session on Friday 23 October from 12 to 2pm. You can join the meeting on Microsoft Teams and there is no need to book.

Please note the meeting is aimed at admin users of the system only.

In future we plan to do 4 sessions per year – dates and joining instructions will be widely circulated.

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