Why is there a need for improvement in neonatal care?
Families, babies, children and young people have been at the heart of improvement for Scottish Government over the past few year. The neonatal programme activities take cognisance of existing national policies and approaches, including the Healthcare Quality Strategy for NHSScotland (2010), Neonatal Care in Scotland: A Quality Framework (2013) and Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC). In 2017, the Scottish Government launched The Best Start: A five-year forward plan for maternity and neonatal care in Scotland. Key recommendations from this are central to the neonatal care programme.
Other national initiatives are in progress to improve outcomes for women, babies and children. We work closely with the Children and Young People Improvement Collaborative (CYPIC) and leads of other national programmes such as Mothers and babies: reducing risk through confidential enquiries in the UK (MBRRACE-UK) and National Neonatal Audit programme (NNAP) to ensure consistency across Scottish neonatal units.
SPSP Neonatal Care is currently focusing on reducing term admissions to neonatal unit; central line infection rates, necrotising enterocolitis and neonatal mortality.
- Useful Links
National Neonatal Audit Programme
- Data and Measurement
Neonatal Core Measurement Plan (PDF) - May 2018
Neonatal Supplementary Measurement Plan (PDF) - May 2018
The neonatal care driver diagram (PDF) maps out the aims, outcomes and change packages for the programme.
- Board Sharing
Reducing CLASBI, the Wishaw experience Dr Augusta Aneha, Consultant Neonatologist, NHS Lanarkshire
Keeping mothers and babies together in the maternity unit (PDF)- Dr Lesley Jackson, Consultant Neonatologist, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde:
Re-Introduction of Transitional Care within the Maternity and Neonatal Service, NHS Ayrshire and Arran, Caroline Blake, CMM, Neonatal and Maternity In Patient Services, Tricia Tennant, SCM, In-Patient Ward, AMU Marie McNairney, NNU Co-ordinator
Pre-Term Perinatal Wellbeing Package poster
Dr Lynsey Still, Consultant Neonatologist at Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow has developed an excellent wonderful resource to aide improvement with the preterrm perinatal wellbeing package .
- WebEx recordings and presentations
The following are recordings and PDFs of the PowerPoint presentations from the MCQIC Neonatal Care WebEx series.
19th November - SPSP Joint Maternity & Neonatal Care WebEx - Administration of Magnesium Sulphate by Karen Luyt, National Clinical Lead PReCePT, at UHBristol NHS Trust and University of Bristol.
23 May 2019 - SPSP Joint Maternity & Neonatal Care WebEx - Breast milk in preterm and term babies by Dr Colin Peters, Neonatal Clinical Lead, Healthcare Improvement Scotland and AnneMarie Bruce, Infant Feeding Development Midwife at NHS Lanarkshire.
- View the recording of the WebEx
- View the presentation by Dr Colin Peters
- View the presentation by AnneMarie Bruce
31 January 2019 - Reducing CLABSI rates. The Wishaw experience by Dr Augusta Anenih, Neonatologist at NHS Lanarkshire
10 May 2018 - Quality improvements to reduce necrotising Enterocolitis by Dr Gopi Menon, Consultant Neonatologist at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
6 December 2017 - Teamwork, communication and collaboration by Maria Duggan at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
8 November 2017 - Mechanisms to Support QI Activity by June Aitken, Senior Charge Nurse and Matt Jobson, Quality Improvement Facilitator at NHS Grampian.
29 September 2017 - Reducing Harm from Ventilation: Chronic Lung Disease by Dr Kevin Goss, Consultant Neonatologist at Leeds Children’s Hospital.
7 September 2017 - Management Strategies for Bacterial Sepsis in the Neonate by Dr Mike Hall, Consultant in Neonatal Care at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.