Newborn and infant physical examination screening: education and training

Training and continuing professional development (CPD) for people working in the newborn and infant physical examination (NIPE) programme in England.

This guide sets out education and training resources available to healthcare professionals working in the newborn and infant physical examination (NIPE) programme.


Most e-learning developed by the NHS screening programmes is available on the e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) website.

E-learning for GPs

Complete the British Medical Journal’s antenatal and newborn screening module to learn about:

  • the principles of screening and how they are applied in practice
  • what screening programmes are available
  • how to advise patients about the timing of screening tests

NIPE annual learning framework

The NIPE annual learning framework is a template for NIPE screening practitioners to record and evidence their continued learning and professional development. The accompanying guidance document provides information on how to complete the framework.

NIPE peer review framework

The NIPE peer review framework is a tool to support NIPE screening practitioners to record and maintain the practical skills required to perform the NIPE newborn screening examination. The accompanying guidance document provides information on how to complete the framework.

Training requirements

Please see here for specific guidance regarding newly qualified, internationally educated and return to practice midwives :

The guidance is a result of joint work between NHS England (NIPE screening programme , nursing directorate, workforce, training & education and the Nursing and Midwifery Council). The guidance will also be included in the next iteration of the NIPE Screening Programme Handbook – clinical guidance.

Specialist training

Specialist training for health care professionals (usually midwives or nurses) who carry out the examination (including the 4 NIPE screening elements) is offered by a number of educational institutions in England. Contact the NIPE team via the screening helpdesk for more details.

Education and training: all programmes

Read and download education and training resources for all screening programmes. This includes:

  • midwife resource cards
  • the screening timeline
  • events

Health Knowledge: screening overview

The interactive learning on screening available from Health Knowledge is helpful for new and non clinical staff or those returning after a long period absent.

Published 8 December 2017
Last updated 5 September 2023 + show all updates
  1. Addition of the training requirements section

  2. Addition of a link to the new NIPE annual learning framework resource for all NIPE screening practitioners.

  3. First published.