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Speaker biographies

Speaker Biographies

Inga Warren is a Senior Trainer with the UCLH NIDCAP Centre. She has many years’ experience as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist and a Neonatal Developmental Specialist and has international experience as a lecturer, trainer and researcher. She is the co-author of Caring for your Baby in the Neonatal Unit; a Parents’ Handbook and she works with Bliss to deliver the Family and Infant Neurodevelopmental Education (FINE) programme in the UK and around the world. She has a few more projects in the pipeline, including photography projects and a new book for parents at home with their baby. 

Neil Marlow is Professor of Neonatal Medicine at University College London and Chair of the NHS England Neonatal Critical Care Clinical Reference Group and NHS England Neonatal Transformation Review. Before UCL, Neil spent 11 years as Professor of Neonatal Medicine at Nottingham University and 7 years as Senior Lecturer in Bristol.  He is an Honorary Consultant in the University College Hospital Neonatal Service and provided advice to the Department of Health on the Toolkit for High Quality Neonatal Services. Neil’s major academic interests are in long-term outcomes following prematurity and he is the Director of the MRC-funded EPICure studies.

Joe Brierley provides critical care for neonates and children at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Joe is the lead on bioethics for the RCPCH’s Ethics and Law Special Interest Group and Child Health Ethics and Law Special Interest Group (CHELSIG). These groups seek to explore ethical and legal issues affecting children’s healthcare. Joe was previously President of the European Society of Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care (ESPNIC) and lead for the speciality EPIC Diploma (European Paediatric/Neonatal Intensive Care diploma). 

Dr Susanna Sakonidou is a neonatal trainee doctor completing a PhD at Imperial College London, investigating how the use of routine data can improve parents’ experience of neonatal care. Her project, Better Use of Data to improve parent Satisfaction (BUDS) is co-developing a communication tool with parents, using routinely recorded electronic health data to provide individualised, daily updates to parents with babies in neonatal care. Originally from Greece, Susanna studied medicine at King's College and trained in paediatrics and neonatology in London. She has worked with NIHR CLAHRC Northwest London quality improvement since 2016 and was awarded an NIHR fellowship in 2017.

Alex Mancini is a senior neonatal nurse with over 25 years experience and is the Pan London Lead Nurse for Neonatal Palliative Care, the first regional post of it’s kind, jointly funded by the True Colours Trust and Chelsea & Westminster Health Charity. This is a unique post developing the training and education of staff across the London region. She has been instrumental in developing national and international guidelines, including robust complex and palliative care pathways.

Dr Neil Patel is a Consultant Neonatologist at the Royal Hospital for Children Glasgow.  Neil leads the Helping Us Grow Group (HUGG) an innovative collaboration of staff and parents working together to support families to care for their babies.  Neil is delighted to share our experience of building this inclusive and empowering model of Family Integrated Care, which has transformed culture, practice and family engagement in our Unit.  Neil is a Scottish Quality and Safety Fellow and a Senior NHS Research Scotland Fellow.  His interests include staff and family empowerment, quality improvement and non-invasive monitoring.


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