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Neuro Behavioural Physiological Assessment of the Newborn

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MWY 3440
MWY 4440
September 2017
22 study days
Part-time via on campus learning
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Course leader
Stephanie Michaelides

Develop specialist knowledge and advanced skills for examining neonates from birth to six weeks of age in this short course for nurses, health visitors and midwives at any stage in their career.

Why study Neuro Behavioural Physiological Assessment of the Newborn at Middlesex University?

Designed for a wide range of neonatal professionals who have at least six months experience working with newborns, this course will equip you with the advanced knowledge and skills to undertake the examination of the neonate from birth to six weeks of age.

Guided by experienced practitioner and lecturer Stephanie Michaelides at our state-of-the-art London campus, you will enhance and update your existing skills in line with the UK Screening Committee Examination of the Newborn and Infant (NIPE) March 2008. Through a combination of theory and practice-based learning you will explore key factors in the assessment of a newborn, such as the auscultation of chest sounds and neurological reflexes, with opportunities to reflect on your current role and the ways in which you can develop further as a highly-skilled leader in neonatal care.

Divided over 22 study days to enable you to maintain your employment while learning, this course will equip you with the crucial theories and techniques to identify early abnormalities and/or potential problems, including how to inform and prepare the newborn, parents and related professionals for the required care.

Armed with these valuable skills you will not only enhance your practice and career prospects across a wide range of new developments within the NHS, you will also obtain 45 credits at Level 6 which can be put towards a GradCert Neonatal Care or BSc Midwifery (Top up) if you wish.

What will you study on the Neuro Behavioural Physiological Assessment of the Newborn?

This short course will enhance your ability to administer a thorough physical examination of a newborn baby by exploring such topics as:

  • Relevant legal and statutory issues
  • Neonatal screening
  • Morphological examination and recognition of abnormalities
  • Examination of the respiratory system and cardiovascular system
  • The ceonates' gastrointestinal system
  • The nervous system
  • Haematological systems and homeostasis
  • The skeletal and reproductive systems
  • The integumentary system
  • Recognising infections (minor and major)
  • Maternal infant interaction
  • Psychological development of the neonate using the Brazelton NBAS scale
  • Recognising the effects of substance abuse on the fetus and neonate
  • Birth injuries
  • Genetic and chromosomal abnormalities
  • NMC Midwives Rules and Standards and Code of Professional Code of Conduct in relation to Examination of the newborn
  • The Examination of the newborn as a holistic process
  • Decision-making and clinical judgement development
  • Resources, referral and working inter-professionally
  • Meeting the psychological, educational, social and physical needs of the neonate, his parents and significant others


You will be assessed through:

  • Written seen areas examination
  • Viva voce
  • Record of 70 examinations of the neonate and a minimum of 8 attached care plans
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  2. How to apply

There are several funding options available:

  • receiving course fees via CPPD contracts between NHS trusts and Middlesex University
  • paying your own fees
  • sponsorship by your employer (but not under a CPPD contract).

For more information for any of these options, including fee rates for self-funding/employer-sponsored students, please visit our dedicated funding page.

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