In March 2013, Neonatal Care in Scotland: A quality framework was launched, outlining what neonatal units should be doing to make sure all babies receive the best care possible.
The framework has been produced by the Scotland neonatal expert advisory group, which is made up of doctors, nurses, members of the Scottish Government and Bliss representatives.
The framework outlines the six key areas of focus, to deliver excellent neonatal services:
Baby and family are the heart of the system of care.
Units are properly staffed, and professionals are appropriately trained.
Units work together to produce the full range of care babies need.
Regular monitoring to ensure the high quality of neonatal services.
Access to the appropriate care needed for each individual baby.
Care in the right place, at the right time, for all babies.
Read the Scottish neonatal standards to find out more information on these six principles, and what they mean for Scottish neonatal care.