Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

Neonatal Research Priority Setting Partnership: help wanted

Katie Evans
Neonatal Research Priority Setting Partnership Project Co-ordinator and Clinical Research Fellow in Neonatal Medicine at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

Chris Gale
Academic Neonatologist and Neonatal Society Meeting Secretary

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audit; psychosocial; neonatal units; parents
Key points
  1. While most neonatal units provide family rooms and/or nearby accommodation, these options are limited and often restricted to specific parents.
  2. Only 15% of units use any screening tools to assess parents’ psychological needs during infant admission.
  3. Over 30% of units do not offer parents appointments with a psychologist or counsellor, thereby failing to meet recommended minimum standards.
  4. There is a paucity of psychosocial support available to parents following their infant’s discharge from the unit.

Also published in Infant:

BadgerNet admission data entry: a quality improvement project
Completion of BadgerNet data is important for every neonatal unit yet often it is incomplete and the quality/accuracy of the data could be better. The aim of this quality improvement project was to monitor accuracy and compliance with National Neonatal Audit Programme (NNAP) data and to audit the accuracy of BadgerNet admission summaries. The project assesses outcomes in the local neonatal unit at Kettering General Hospital before and after the formal introduction of a set of improvement measures.