The staff of Stepping Hill neonatal unit in Stockport have been presented with the ‘Improving care’ award by Bliss, the special care baby charity.
The unit, which provides all levels of care for special care babies, has been commended by the charity for their commitment to improving care for babies and their families, and their dedication to ensuring families are at the heart of their baby’s care.
The unit provides a number of services for families, including trained volunteers to provide one to one support and regular family group meetings for parents who have left the unit. The unit also produced their own ‘parent passport’, where parents can document their baby’s progress and highlight their achievements.
The awards ceremony was held in City Hall in London on Friday 29 May, and was attended by Neonatal Unit Manager Denise McTaggart-Richardson and Ward Sister Christine Moss. Denise said: “We were so proud to receive the Improving care award. To be recognised by Bliss who lead in making a difference to babies and their families is an honour. It recognises the hard work and dedication of the team providing care every day on our Neonatal Unit. Our philosophy has always been one of putting families at the heart of our work and winning the award helps keep the team motivated by acknowledging they are delivering the care they believe in.”
Caroline Davey, Chief Executive of Bliss said: “Having a premature or sick baby in neonatal care can be a very traumatic and lonely time, but the staff at Stepping Hill are fully committed to improving care for babies and their level of support for families is incredible. Congratulations on winning this award.”
Bliss is the charity dedicated to improving the outcomes of babies born premature and sick, ensuring they have the best possible chance of survival and of reaching their full potential. They also provide invaluable support to families.