Family Integrated Care (FiCare)

FiCare (Family Integrated Care ) is a model of care started in 2013 by Dr Shoo Lee who was intrigued about the feasibility of introducing a ‘care by parent’ model of care to his NICU in Canada. Unlike previous family centred care approaches, this model of care places parents at the heart of care giving, being based on the Humane Care Model already widely operational in neonatal units in Estonia. The FiCare model is an extension of the principles of Family Centred Care. The goal of FiCare is to facilitate a partnership and collaboration between parents and the NICU staff, to promote parent-infant interactions, and to build parent confidence. FiCare represents a paradigm shift in thinking about the way in which healthcare is delivered. FiCare invites parents to become part of the primary care team, moving away from traditional care delivery by only highly trained healthcare professionals.

The support the development of FiCare in a consistent way across the north west, the NWNODN established a FiCare Special Interest Group (SIG).   The SIG is made up of doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and parents who work closely together to examine how this model can benefit all families and clinicians within our network.   The SIG have defined FiCare across the north west as:

“Family integrated care is a model that supports and educates parents and carers to become integral participants in their baby’s care from the time of admission to the neonatal unit in partnership with the neonatal team”

The aim of the SIG is to ensure that the offer of FiCare is consistently offered to every family every time in all neonatal units across the NWNODN enhancing outcomes, family experience and supporting pathways.    To do this, the SIG have developed an accreditation process through which north west neonatal units will gain recognition as a NWNODN FiCare Unit, having implemented an agreed set of essential elements within the NWNODN FiCare passport/package.

During 2021-22 the NWNODN and north west neonatal units will begin the programme of achieving accreditation, which is the commencement of the journey of continuous development in FiCare

For further information about the network approach to FiCare please contact