Newly Created ‘Examination of the Newborn’ Course a Major Success

For 2015 Baby Lifeline has developed an ‘Examination of the Newborn’ course which provides a practical approach to newborn and infant physical examinations from clinical experts with an emphasis on screening elements.

The courses have been planned to roll out nationwide – so far we’ve successfully carried out study days in Belfast and Oxford, with further courses planned later in the year for Jersey and London. We are also now in the process of securing venues in the hopes of running more courses for 2016.

Based on the feedback from Baby Lifeline’s two ‘Examination of the Newborn’ training courses that we’ve run over the course of the year, we’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response from delegates. 97% of delegates rated the quality of education as ‘Very Good‘ or ‘Excellent‘, 100% of delegates reported an effective influence on practice, with 91% of delegates intending to modify practice in a major or minor way. On completion of the course, delegates have been quoted as saying things such as “There have been gems of information today that will influence our practice” and “I would recommend to all professionals carrying out newborn examinations”.

The Importance of the Training

The importance of the subjects covered on this course have been well documented. After birth, a baby is examined and then a detailed and more in-depth examination is carried out 72 hours later once the child is relaxed. Before it is released from hospital, the examination is repeated again at six to eight weeks when the baby has grown and undergone physical changes.

During the examination the baby’s heart, hips and eyes are screened in case of any abnormalities that need to be monitored or treated. The UK national screening committee has developed a core set of screening outcomes for the examination identified as congenital heart disease, congenital cataracts, developmental hip dysplasia and undescended testes. The emphasis on screening is important as screening helps to detect any congenital medical conditions in a child and treat them early, which reduces the chance of a long term condition.

A faculty of top professionals consisting of Professor Simon Mitchell, Consultant Neonatologist at St Mary’s Hospital Manchester and Honorary Professor at University of Salford, Dr Abhi Lall, Consultant Neonatologist, King’s College Hospital London, Mr Susmito Biswas, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Royal Manchester Eye Hospital, Mr R. Maximillian Cervellione, Consultant Paediatric Urologist, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and Mr Om Lahoti, Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery at King’s College Hospital have generously pledged their time to further the cause of our organisation, bringing their knowledge to our interactive and responsive childcare training.

There are still places available on our 18th September course in Jersey and our 5th October course in London, so if you are a medical or legal professional interested in securing a place click on one of the links above to book online or alternatively telephone us on 01676 534671.

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