Neonatal Care

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.