Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

Antenatal optimisation for preterm infants less than 34 weeks: a quality improvement toolkit

The British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM) and the National Neonatal Audit Programme (NNAP) are collaborating on four quality improvement toolkits to support perinatal staff to implement the evidence around perinatal optimisation. This article presents the Antenatal Optimisation Toolkit. The evidence for key interventions is described alongside a quality improvement journey, which supports staff to choose improvement solutions most suitable for the local context.

Lauren Shaw
Neonatal Grid Trainee, East Deanery, Scotland

Julie-Clare Becher
Lead for Quality, BAPM and Consultant Neonatologist, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh,

On behalf of the BAPM Antenatal Optimisation Toolkit Group

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neonatal staff education; Better Births; neonatal parent voice; family-integrated care; parent experience
Key points
  1. Involving neonatal families is at the heart of neonatal care.
  2. Lincolnshire was the first LMNS to ensure the voice of neonatal parents was acted upon as part of the Maternity Transformation Programme.
  3. Feedback from families within a structured framework enhances and addresses safety and quality.
  4. Co-production and collaboration with professionals across the whole system is necessary for success of the neonatal pathway.

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