NIPE Practitioners

The Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) is an examination offered to all babies.

A midwife, doctor or advanced neonatal nurse practitioner may perform this examination.

The NHS NIPE programme aims to:

  • identify and refer all children born with congenital abnormalities of the eyes, heart, hips and testes, where these are detectable, within 72 hours of birth
  • to further identify those abnormalities that may become detectable by six to eight week
  • reduce morbidity and mortality

This examination is recommended based on best practice and current evidence and should facilitate a prompt referral for early clinical assessment.