Support professionals

We work hand-in-hand with health professionals to ensure care for babies on the neonatal unit is of the highest possible standard.

We champion family-centred care, which places parents at the centre of their baby’s care while they are in hospital and is hugely beneficial for both babies and parents when they go home. Through the Bliss Baby Charter, we work with healthcare professionals to help them provide this high quality care and make practical improvements to involve parents more in their baby’s care.

We also provide training and facilitate a community where professionals can share information and support each other to provide the best possible care.

Find out more about the Bliss Baby Charter

Using the Bliss Baby Charter, we work with healthcare professionals to help them provide family-centred care for babies born premature or sick.
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Carol Buxton, Family Support and Infant Feeding Specialist at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, says: "Charities like Bliss have been at the forefront of improvements in care for babies, especially with powerful tools like the Bliss Baby Charter.

"Bliss has a strong presence in neonatal units, their support in achieving 'gold standards' such as one-to-one nursing care for all intensive care babies is invaluable."

Over the next three years we will support health professionals by:

  • working with neonatal units to improve and increase the delivery of family-centred care, including hands-on parental involvement in care, through support with the Bliss Baby Charter
  • increasing the number of health professionals trained in neonatal developmental care through the delivery of Family-Infant Neurodevelopmental Education (FINE) training
  • sharing knowledge and understanding of family-centred care through the Bliss Excellence Network, our online learning portal and peer-to-peer forum for neonatal healthcare professionals
  • funding and supporting research which increases evidence of how best to deliver developmental care and improve outcomes for babies.

To hear about how we are already working with neonatal units across the UK and our plans for the coming year, read our 2018-2019 Healthcare Engagement Team Report.