Guidance: Newborn and infant physical examination: programme handbook

Public Health England

October 26
09:30 2020


The purpose of this handbook is to inform and support best clinical practice in the NHS newborn and infant physical examination (NIPE) screening programme.

This handbook offers guidance on the physical examination for newborns, infants, and babies in neonatal units. It refers to the 4 NIPE screening elements:

  • eyes
  • heart
  • hips
  • testes
Published 4 April 2016
Last updated 26 October 2020 +show all updates
  1. Updated programme handbook including training requirements, what to do when screening is declined and clarified terminology. Screening pathways content moved from PDF to HTML to improve accessibility.

  2. Updated NIPE programme handbook.

  3. Updated pathway appendices in accessible PDF formats.

  4. Minor correction to neonatal hip risk factors under Standard 4.

  5. Handbook updated and put into HTML format.

  6. First published.

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