Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

Maintaining quality of care through a pandemic and setting goals for future improvement

The National Neonatal Audit Programme (NNAP) was established in 2006 and continues to play an important role in driving and supporting improvements in neonatal care. The past two years have been a period of change for the NNAP, bringing a new data flow methodology, exciting opportunities to further develop the NNAP, and a new contract for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) to deliver the audit until 2025.

Sam Oddie
NNAP Clinical Lead, Consultant
Neonatologist, Bradford Teaching Hospitals

Rachel Winch
NNAP Manager, Royal College of Paediatrics
and Child Health

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follow-up; video consultation; Attend Anywhere; telemedicine
Key points
  1. Virtual neonatal clinics are positively regarded by parents both in terms of ease of use, and ability to meet their babies’ needs.
  2. Clinicians regard video consultations positively, and concerns about potential for missed opportunities to pick up new information or diagnoses could be mitigated by guidance on appropriate patient selection and use of video consultation in conjunction with face-to-face consultations.

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NICE guidance for developmental follow-up of children born preterm
The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline Developmental Follow-up of Children and Young People Born Preterm highlights potential risk factors to infant development and recommends enhanced surveillance and monitoring for infants born at less than 28 weeks’ gestation once discharged from the neonatal unit until four years uncorrected age. The guideline also recognises the importance of being able to provide parents and carers with the best available evidence about the developmental needs of infants born prematurely.