Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

NNAP can help neonatal units to plan improvement

Of the 750,000 babies born each year in England, Scotland and Wales, nearly 105,000 receive specialist neonatal care. The National Neonatal Audit Programme (NNAP) supports professionals, families and commissioners in their efforts to evolve and improve the care provided to these babies.

Sam Oddie
Consultant Neonatologist and Clinical Lead for the National Neonatal Audit Programme
Full text available by subscription ...
The full text of this article is available to subscribers in text, and in Tablet/iPad format and as a PDF file.

Please subscribe and log in to see the full article.

data collection; audit; quality improvement; NNAP; local neonatal unit
Key points
  1. Accurate data entry enables effective benchmarking of quality of care.
  2. Prompt and high quality data input driven by a shared ownership will ensure timely updates and effective communication.
  3. Successful adoption of initiatives into practice must be sustainable. Ongoing review will ensure that progress continues.

Also published in Infant:

A multidisciplinary approach to the implementation of non-pharmacological strategies to manage infant pain
Newborn infants, both term and preterm, endure many painful procedures when receiving treatment on a neonatal intensive care unit. Unmanaged neonatal pain can have a negative influence on short- and long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes and can also impact on parental wellbeing. While clinicians are aware of the efficacy of non-pharmacological strategies to reduce pain, these are not always implemented into neonatal care. This article summarises efforts made by a multidisciplinary team to improve the use of non-pharmacological approaches in the management of infant pain during procedures on a level 2 neonatal unit