Cleft Palate: Examination in the Newborn


90 minutes

Target Audiences

  • Paediatric and GP trainees
  • A wide range of child health professionals, including nurses and health visitors


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Course information

Welcome to this module which provides recommendations to health care professionals for optimal examination of the palate during the routine newborn examination, the aims of which include detection of congenital anomalies.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the prevalence of cleft palate
  • To improve early identification of cleft palate during routine newborn examination
  • To appreciate the impact of cleft palate on patients
  • To enforce the health professional’s understanding of advice and support for parents and carers in relation to cleft palate
  • To recognise the best practice recommendations in relation to cleft palate

This package has been created by the RCPCH in partnership with the Craniofacial Society of Great Britain and Ireland

Subject matter experts

Dr Alex Habel

Subject matter experts

Creation and review log

Creation/Launch dateJune 2017
Review dateJune 2020
Next reviewJune 2023

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