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Family Integration in Neonatal Intensive Care

Early 2021

In this three-day course, we work with NICU teams to teach and support staff to build more equal relationships with NICU families, and in doing so deliver change and improve experiences of care. We provide practical training in this new way of working and alongside this, support the implementation of Schwartz Rounds for NICU teams. This combination – support for staff alongside practical training – enables the system to learn what matters most to families, to shape services around them and to look for ways to give control back to families at a time when they have lost or missed so much.


Event details

Location

London

Cost

£5,000 per team

Audience

Teams in Neonatal Intensive Care

Please note: This course was previously scheduled to begin in September 2020 but has been postponed until early 2021 due to Covid-19.

“You gave my babies their first baths. You dressed my babies for the first time too. I’ll never get those opportunities back”  [Joyell, a new mother]

There is wide agreement that the integration of families into neonatal intensive care is a good thing for families and for the system. However, embedding change can be difficult when, in the heat of the moment the focus is on the acute care of sick babies. Following a successful partnership between the Point of Care Foundation and the Vermont Oxford Network in the US, we are now offering our Sweeney Programme to NICU teams in the UK.

The Point of Care Foundation can help build capacity to ensure that the culture of NICUs integrates families as a routine way of working. Integrated care has the potential to provide better experiences for families, with greater recognition of the impact of the NICU experience on them. For these benefits to be realised, a cultural shift in the way services and the people who work in them interact with families is required.

It is this cultural change, and the building of these relationships that is core to our work at the Point of Care Foundation.

In this three-day course, we work with NICU teams to teach and support staff to build more equal relationships with NICU families, and in doing so deliver change and improve experiences of care. We provide practical training in this new way of working and alongside this, support the implementation of Schwartz Rounds for NICU teams. Schwartz Rounds provide a structured forum where all staff come together regularly to discuss the emotional and social impact of their work. The evidence tells us that Schwartz Rounds help staff feel more supported in their roles, less isolated and stressed, and that they help increase appreciation for other’s roles.

This combination – support for staff alongside practical training, enables the system to welcome family integrated care, to learn what matters most to families, to shape services around them and to look for ways to give control back to families at a time when they have lost or missed so much.

Event details

The programme is structured around three one-day events, held in London. These were scheduled to run between June 2020 and March 2021, but due to the ongoing uncertainty around Covid-19 the programme is now unlikely to begin before early 2021.

To find out more please register your interest below.

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