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Bliss Nurses


Bliss Nurses are specialist nurses providing practical advice, emotional support and guidance directly to parents of premature and sick babies. As well as supporting families each Bliss Nurse will work with doctors and nurses to improve the care of vulnerable babies throughout their local area.

Bliss Nurses are new posts, in addition to core hospital staff, providing an invaluable service to babies and parents not currently provided by the NHS.

Bliss nurses are funded through a combination of generous voluntary donations and NHS support. Bliss provides 60 per cent of the funding required to deliver the post in the first three years after which the NHS trusts will take over responsibility for long term funding of the post.

Bliss has ambitious plans for the Bliss Nurse programme, aiming to recruit 28 Bliss Nurses by 2020, one for each region of the UK.

What do they do?

The role of the Bliss Nurse is unique, with no clinical responsibilities, each Bliss Nurse is free to focus solely on providing practical advice, emotional support and guidance to families of vulnerable babies.

Tailored to meet local needs this may include, one-to-one support for breastfeeding, help with skin-to-skin contact with your baby, as well as working with other clinical staff to ensure the right facilities and help are available for parents.

Why are they important to babies and parents?

Bliss Nurses at all times focus on helping parents be at the centre of their baby’s care. Extensive research has shown that this family-centred approach is hugely beneficial to babies and parents. It can lower a baby’s stress levels, promote better health, shorten hospital stays and reduce hospital readmissions. It helps parents bond with their baby and improves their confidence as a parent.

How do they help my neonatal unit?

This family-centred approach to care, promoted by Bliss Nurses, offers important benefits to doctors and nurses caring for premature and sick babies. These benefits include: better long-term outcomes for babies, increased parental involvement and improved relations between parents and staff, as well as freeing-up nursing time, increasing productivity and boosting staff morale.

Bliss Nurses will also work with doctors and nurses to improve the care of vulnerable babies throughout their local area.

How many Bliss Nurses are there and where are they?

There are currently five Bliss Nurses across the UK, based in South West London, Birmingham, Middlesbrough, East Anglia and Sheffield.

What are your plans for the Bliss Nurses programme?

Bliss aims to recruit 28 Bliss Nurses by 2020, one for each region of the UK, providing practical advice, emotional support and guidance to families whose premature and sick babies are being cared for in hospital.

If you would like to donate to the Bliss Nurse Programme there are a number of ways you can do this. Please contact our fundraising department on 020 7378 5740 or visit our website, bliss.org.uk for more information.

If you would like to find out more about how your hospital could work with Bliss to create a Bliss Nurse, please contact Zoe Chivers at zoec@bliss.org.uk
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