The British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM) has launched a new framework to help define the features of a high quality neonatal service in order to ensure that babies born premature or sick across the UK receive the highest standard of care.
The neonatal service quality indicators outlined in the framework recommend that all neonatal services across the UK:
- Review themselves against the standards outlined in the framework, publishing their findings and plans for the future in an Annual Report.
- Use the indicators outlined in the framework as a basis for future plans for quality improvement of care.
The framework, which Bliss helped to shape, defines what high quality neonatal service for health care professionals, parents and commissioners should look like.
Head of services at Bliss, Zoe Chivers said: "Bliss was involved in the BAPM working group right from start and it was a great opportunity to really add the experience of parents to develop the quality indicators. We all know in healthcare that quality of care is not measured by clinical care alone so it was great that BAPM included the concepts of quality that are important to parents.
"Bliss was invited to co-badge the standards as we are the leaders in developing quality standards in family centred care on neonatal units. We are delighted that BAPM recognises the role that parents play in their baby’s care and these standards set out how this can be done on neonatal units on a daily basis through collaboration and participation. We hope these standards lead to more parents being active care givers to their baby."