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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swaddle bathing; tub bathing; developmentally supportive care; family-centred care; infant stress
Key points
  1. Swaddle bathing has become standard practice in the neonatal unit at University Hospital Wishaw.
  2. Babies cry less during bathing and appear relaxed; parents, babies and staff enjoy the experience.
  3. No babies have experienced any undesirable effects, including hypothermia.

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