Examination of the Newborn HEA3227


Module Information - This module aims to prepare healthcare practitioners to undertake the extended examination of healthy newborn infants, a role traditionally undertaken by paediatricians and GPs. The module will provide knowledge, enhance skills and develop student’s expertise in relationship to neonatal anatomy, physiology and pathology. The aim is to enhance early detection of abnormality, prompt referral and appropriate management of conditions affecting newborns.

Module Code: HEA3227
Level: 6
Credits: 20
Cost: £680 for Sept 2019 to July 2020

Who is this module for?

Registered Midwife, Health Visitor or Neonatal Nurse

What are the key aims of the programme?

The aims of the module is to develop clinical skills in the area of examination of the newborn

What will I study?

• Embryology
• Fetal development
• Adaption to extra uterine life
• Exploration of all life systems
• Principles of the extended examination of the newborn
• Examination of the newborn standards and screening
• Identification and management of abnormalities
• Ethics
• Professional and legal issues
• Reflection

How will I be assessed?


Part 1: 2500 critical reflection on the role of the practitioner related to examination of the newborn. (LO 1) (100%)

Part 2: A portfolio of 20 summative clinical examinations of the newborn.

19 summative clinical examinations of the newborn supervised by a mentor. (LO 2) (pass/fail)

The 20th assessment will be taken as an OSCE when the student will be assessed by the module leader and a Consultant Paediatrician. (LO 3) (pass/fail)

On successful completion you will:

Critically reflect on the role of the practitioner in relation to professional autonomy and accountability in the field of examination of the newborn.

Critically apply knowledge to develop competencies in the skills of observation, palpation and auscultation in detecting deviations from the normal.

Competently undertake physical exam of the newborn within the first 6 -72 hours or up to 6 weeks after birth.

Study Dates and Venues

Further Information

Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

For details of how to apply, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/health/cpd/apply.

If you have any other queries about studying with us, please see the FAQs www.edgehill.ac.uk/health/cpd/faqs.

For further module information, please contact Module Coordinators: Caroline Myerscough on 01695 657041 or email myerscou@edgehill.ac.uk or .Suzanne Banford, 01695 654345 or email banfords@edgehill.ac.uk.


This module can be studied on a stand alone basis. It is an optional module on the following programmes:

  • BSc (Hons) Clinical and Professional Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Clinical and Professional Perioperative Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Clinical and Professional Paramedic Practice