Examination of the newborn


Examination of the newborn

This module aims to develop expert practice in undertaking examination and assessment of the newborn baby’s wellbeing. This module will enable participants to explore issues related to examination and assessment of the newborn baby. The module is designed to enable participants to develop competence which will lead to autonomous practice in the examination and assessment of the newborn.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of neonatal adaptation and physiology related to examination and assessment of the newborn.
  2. Critically discuss the effects of maternal health and disease on the developing fetus and/or newborn.
  3. Undertake systematic examination and assessment of the newborn to confirm wellbeing.
  4. Demonstrate effective communication with parents and members of the multi professional team.
  5. Provide evidence of clear documentation of examination of and assessment of the newborn.
  6. Demonstrates knowledge and the ability to refer promptly and directly to the appropriate professional, when a potential problem is identified.
  7. Critically analyse and evaluate ethical dimensions to undertaking examination and assessment of the newborn.


Who is the module for? Healthcare practitioners working in maternity services.

Module code: HP6051Y

Entry criteria:

Applicants are expected to hold a recognised healthcare related qualification with current professional registration (where appropriate to the qualification) and normally a minimum of 6 months post-qualifying experience in order to consolidate training. In addition:

  • Applicants should hold a qualification which provides 120 credits at level 4, or equivalent, for entry to the diploma programme or a Dip. H. E., (or equivalent), obtained within the last five years, for entry to the degree programme;
  • Applicants for the graduate certificate are normally expected to hold an honours or ordinary degree, or equivalent

Equivalences of overseas qualifications are assessed using a specialist resource (NARIC) to which SGUL subscribes.

Non-standard applicants

Healthcare practitioners who do not hold a Dip H.E. (or equivalent) will normally be considered for standalone level 6 module enrolments if they can demonstrate one of the following:

  • Successful completion within the last five years of either certificated learning at level 6 or above, or completion of more than 60 credits at level 5, or a minimum of 30 credits at level 5 at or above a grade B (60%);
  • Successful completion of a level 6 entrance test.

Applicants who do not meet the standard criteria for entry to the diploma programme, will be assessed on an individual basis and will normally be considered for access to standalone level 5 modules where demonstration of the ability to study at level 5 has been achieved through successful completion of an entrance test.

Number of credits and level of study: 30 credits at level 6. The course is also offered as a postgraduate (level 7) award.

Assessment: Case review and competency assessment document (CAD)

Location: St George’s, University of London

Pattern of Delivery: 10 days

Module dates:*
(9am – 4.30pm)

  • 7, 14, 21, 28 November, 5, 12 December 2017, 23 January, 20 February, 20 March, 24 April 2018

*Dates may change

Fee: £1600

Module leader: Hazel Ransome

Programme: This module is part of the Healthcare Practice DipHE/BSc(Hons)/GradCert


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