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
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postpartum depression; psychological screening; hospital anxiety and depression scale; thematic analysis
Key points
  1. Mothers on the NNU are at greater risk of psychological distress, which can have a detrimental impact on the baby and the family unit.
  2. Detecting psychological distress is vital.
  3. Staff interviews were conducted and thematically analysed. Results showed that the HADS was beneficial to mothers and clinical practice, and helpful for identifying and enhancing access to psychological support.

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