The EON course enables you to develop skills in the newborn and infant physical examination (NIPE). The course will develop your skills in the holistic examination of the newborn whilst also developing a comprehensive knowledge of environmental, social and psychological factors that can affect the development of the newborn . The course is essential in the current clinical environment where midwives in particular are becoming the lead practitioner in examination of the newborn.
The course covers anatomy and physiology of the development of the fetus and baby so that you can understand the relationship of pregnancy events and potential problems you may encounter. You will study the 4 Public Health England Standards (2016) of heart, eyes, hips and testes in detail including anatomy and physiology and simulation of examination. You will also be steered through a holistic, examination of the baby so that you can recognise normality and therefore detect and refer babies with problems.
Experts who contribute to your learning including a consultant Paediatrician with cardiology expertise, experts in ankyloglossia, cleft lip and palate and educators from the national genomics project. The university team delivering the programme are all qualified midwives who have undertaken addition training in neonatal and physical examination, and who all practice clinically in local Trusts such as Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Foundation Trust, Heart of England Trust and City and Sandwell Trust
You attend this part time course for 9 days over 20 weeks. In addition, you have a self-directed study day. Students that have completed the course have found the support of their manager essential in helping to organise clinical practice. The clinical practice element requires you to undertake 40 examinations with a qualified mentor.. You will need to secure the support of a clinical mentor and this can be a midwife who has undertaken NIPE training (12 months experience) or a senior paediatrician or GP with expertise in this examination.
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Please submit your application as early as possible. We aim to give you a decision within two weeks of receiving your application. Please note that NHS Trust application deadlines may differ from our own and you should check with your NHS Trust training/education contact for confirmation of their deadlines.
Please ensure that you include full details of your qualifications and relevant work experience as part of your application.
The method of payment of your course fees will differ depending on whether you are a self-funding, sponsored or contracted/commissioned applicant. Definitions are provided below and you must choose the appropriate option when prompted. If you are unsure which funding method applies to you please consult your training/education contact in your NHS Trust prior to applying:
You are paying for the course and responsible for the fees.
Select 'Self Funded' when making your application.
Course fees are paid directly by the employer/NHS Trust which means we invoice your employer/NHS Trust to obtain payment.
To apply for this course you must download and complete the CPD Sponsorship Agreement Form, and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.
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The NHS Trust agrees with HE West Midlands for your course fees to be paid directly to the University from funds managed by HE West Midlands for pre-agreed programmes.
To apply for this course you must obtain a contracted/commissioned financial support form from your Trust contact and upload the completed form and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.
Select ‘Funded by HE West Midlands (Contracted/Commissioned)’ when making your application.
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The 9 study days are a mixture of theory and skills simulation. Expert teachers support sessions. You will need to undertake your clinical assessments and complete practice portfolio of 40 examinations. Of these, 15 will be formally assessed by your clinical mentor.
Successful completion of this course will allow Midwives, Neonatal Nurses and Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (Health Visitors) to be deemed competent to carry out the holistic newborn and physical examination of a term baby in accordance with Public Health England’s Programme (2016).
The content of the programme is delivered over approximately 20 weeks and includes nine compulsory study days and one self-directed study day that you will need to negotiate with clinical managers to have.
You are required to undertake 40 clinical examinations of babies and it is essential that you make a commitment to attend placements throughout the programme. You are advised to make enquiries about how you will access placement on a regular basis, and ensure you have the support of clinical managers to do this. From previous students’ experiences, a minimum of 4 hours a week, or the equivalent, has been required.
In addition to attending BCU and clinical placement, you are expected to undertake study and will need to consider this when planning their studies.
You need to ensure you have of a mentor and will need to arrange to be mentored and assessed clinically by one of the following:
As well as passing the clinical practice portfolio you will have an observed structured clinical examination (OSCE) in Uni and this gives 50% of your marks
You also have multiple choice paper which is worth 50%.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.
These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses some of the best learning facilities in the UK.
In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.
For pre-registration midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.
Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.
The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.
Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.
The SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.
It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.
We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.
We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.
The SIM men and SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.
The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.
You will have access to all of the University’s libraries, including the main Kenrick Library on the City North Campus, which is open for almost 90 hours a week and holds more than 320,000 books, 2,000 print journals and carries more than 4,000 electronic journals online.
The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:
Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.
The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.
Maggie began full time lecturing in 2003 and has been the programme director for the BSc (Hons)/Graduate Diploma in midwifery 20-month programme since 2006 -2013. She is now also the programme director for the Examination of the newborn programme
Her teaching experience has been predominately within midwifery education across the 3 year and 20 month midwifery programmes.
For all course enquiries please contact the module leader, Maggie Prain on:
As qualified midwives this course enhances your employability. Many NHS Trusts are moving the role of NIPE assessor from physicians to midwifery practice. Student midwives are also being prepared for this role in many Trusts so undertaking the course will ensure you have comparative skills to colleagues in the future.