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Newborn and Infant Physical Examination

This 30 credit module runs from late January to early September at either academic level 6 (PHPC 3027) or academic level 7 (PCPH 5027). It can form a recognised module on degree or masters midwifery pathways. or equally as a “stand alone” module for Continuous Professional Development. There are both theoretical and clinical components of this module.

Clinical Component:

The clinical component requires supervision and support from a practitioner who is already competent in this skill either a nurse or midwife who has completed the programme and maintained their competence or a senior neonatologist who will act as the mentor for the applicant.

Theoretical Component:

This is delivered both face to face and by accessing the relevant e-learning support packages. Lectures from expert practitioners are an essential part of the module. Reflection and co-production also form part of the teaching and learning strategies. Students will be supported by the module leader and team.

On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of anatomy and physiology in the examination of the neonate/infant applying clinical decision making and competence.
  2. Discuss  legal and ethical concepts as applied to the clinical examination of the new-born in accordance with statutory professional accountability.
  3. Meet the requirements of the National Screening Committees Standards for examination of the newborn.
  4. Critically examine current literature and policy documentation to inform the acquisition of knowledge in the examination and management of the neonates and infants.
  5. Competently undertake the physical examination of the newborn/6-8 week old infant and the records appropriate to this examination.
  6. Demonstrate achievement of the work-based competencies as detailed in the competence profile.

Entry Criteria

  • Effective registration with appropriate professional statutory regulatory body
  • Ability to study to degree level (120 credits level 4/5) or evidence of recent study  at level 6.

If you do not meet this criteria, please contact the module leader to discuss your individual situation.

The clinical component will require applicants to have access to examination of newborn infant to develop the relevant skills and expertise and consideration of allowing time to complete this is vital.


How to apply

Online Application Forms and Guidance Information


Key information

Module Category: PCPH
Module Code: 5027
Module Credits: 30
Module Level: 7

Module leader

Rachel Wells

T: (0116) 201 3823


Semester 2

Delivery dates for academic year 20/21 will be posted shortly

How to Apply

To apply, please email LBR admissions: