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The Royal College of Occupational Therapists releases best practice guidelines

21 September 2017
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At Bliss we know that individualised care that supports parents to take care of their baby on a neonatal unit, and prepare them for discharge, is vital to ensuring high quality care for all babies born premature or sick. Bliss is pleased to support this new neonatal practice guideline from the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

With increasing medical advancements the demand for this highly specialist care has grown. Care is now offered to infants of significantly lower gestational age and birth-weight. Neonatal occupational therapy has also evolved during this time to provide sensitive, individualised and family-centred developmental interventions to support this growing population of infants.

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists has published their Occupational therapy in neonatal services and early intervention practice guidelines. The recommendations are based on the best available evidence covering a range of criteria including: pain management, feeding and parental engagement.

The aim of these guidelines is to provide specific evidence-based recommendations which describe the most appropriate care to be provided by occupational therapists working in neonatal services.

Bliss is delighted to support these guidelines from the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, which provide health professionals with an excellent set of recommendations to implement in line with the Bliss Baby Charter. The Baby Charter advocates a multi-disciplinary approach to neonatal care, recognising the importance of specialist allied health professionals within the core neonatal team.

We know that multi-disciplinary working that supports parents to take care of their baby on a neonatal unit, and prepare them for discharge, is essential to improve outcomes for all babies born premature or sick.

You can view the guidelines and find more information on the Royal College of Occupational Therapists' website

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