Neonatal Excellence Awards 2018

Read about the winners of the Neonatal Excellence Awards 2018 that recognised health professionals that have gone above and beyond to deliver excellent family-centred care for premature and sick babies.

Parents' Choice Award 

University of North Staffordshire Hospital

Parents nominated this unit for their excellent support in providing information and building their confidence in the care of their baby.

The team has demonstrated outstanding support and guidance by providing relevant information and involved both her and the baby’s father in the delivery of care, enabling them to support nasogastric feeding as well as encouraging and facilitating breastfeeding.

The parent says that this had a positive impact, as they were able to continue to breastfeeding after being discharged.

How does this connect to the Bliss Baby Charter?

The unit has shown care and support in line with principle 2 of the Bliss Baby Charter, which encourages neonatal units to give information and support to help parents make decisions about their baby’s care.

The neonatal unit also demonstrates that it is working to ensure that families are constantly involved in their baby’s care and have access to knowledge and facilities; this falls a part of Principle 5.

This award was sponsored by Mothercare

Project of the Year

Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow

Through perseverance and determination, this unit introduced innovative measures to maximise the thermal environment which has resulted in significant outcomes

Following extensive building work, the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow identified problems with hypothermia in term and late preterm infants. A small multidisciplinary team was set up to develop an intervention to improve new-born thermal care.

A Warm Bundle was introduced which involves educating staff and parents through information and resources, to optimise the thermal environment and skin-to-skin in maintaining normal body temperature.

The hospital reports that there is now a greater reduction in mothers and babies being separated. The neonatal unit acknowledges that the success of the Warm Bundle initiative is the result of a collaborative approach.

The hospital has since shared the results of the Warm Bundle initiative nationally and has been adopted by several hospitals across the UK.

How does this connect to the Bliss Baby Charter?

The Royal Hospital for Glasgow has demonstrated that a multi-disciplinary collaborative approach to working has supported them to create a safe and secure environment to reduce morbidity and mortality in line with principle 3 of the Bliss Baby Charter.

The neonatal unit has also demonstrated the importance of facilitating skin-to-skin and educating parents in maintaining normal body temperature in line with principle 1 and 2 of the Bliss Baby Charter.

This award was sponsored by Chiesi

Team of the year

Leeds Centre for Newborn Care

This team has made concerted efforts to deliver teaching to parents to ensure they are central to their baby's care, as well as helping other units to deliver high levels of family-centred care.

Staff are given dedicated time to deliver parent training sessions as well supported with other educational opportunities in family-centred and family integrated care.

The team actively shares best practice and engages with other neonatal units to support them to deliver high-quality care, with families as active partners in the delivery of care.

How does this connect to the Bliss Baby Charter?

The Leeds Centre for Newborn Care has demonstrated that they are invested in supporting their staff to access training and support which is supported by principle 3 of the Bliss Baby Charter.

The neonatal unit also offers parents the opportunity participate in the delivery of care which supports principle 5 of the Bliss Baby Charter.

This award was sponsored by Pampers

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