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UCLAN Audit Study on Understanding Parental Psychosocial Support in NNUs Launched


UCLAN are keen to hear from all neonatal units in the UK. Please click on the link below to access the survey .


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BAPM Consultation on Therapeutic Hypothermia

British Association of Perinatal Medicine

The consultation is now open on ‘Therapeutic Hypothermia for Neonatal Encephalopathy – A BAPM Framework for Practice.‘ The framework covers case selection, parent / carer communication, infants who fall outside of current criteria, investigations, network and transport implications, nursing care, prognostication, reorientation of care, follow-up, governance and future research.


1. Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy
2. General care
3. Neurological examination


Visit the BAPM website to review the document. The consultation is open until the 22 August 2020. To share your views please complete the response form on the website and return it to the BAPM office before the deadline.

Deadline: 22 August 2020

Review the TE Framework


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Remote Support for Neonatal Families during Covid19

The NWNODN have put together a list of remote sources of support for those parents who are struggling with mental health issues, feeding or just feel they would benefit from some peer support. Click here


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COVID-19 Latest

NW units will be briefed regularly and have been advised to follow the RCPCH & BAPM guidance, which can be accessed together at the link below. If you are a parent please speak to staff on your local unit if any questions regarding visiting or any other concerns.



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Wigan Neonatal Unit Re-accredited for BFI

A massive well-done to everyone on the Wigan NNU as they are not only the first (& only) unit in the NW to gain full Neonatal BFI Accreditation but they have now been re-accredited following a recent assessment. I am sure if anyone needs any top tips or advice then their Ward Manager, Julie, will be happy to share how they have achieved their success.

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Sue Snowdon – NNA Nurse of the Year Runner Up

Susan Snowdon, Neonatal Induction Programme Manager, NWNODN is National Neonatal Nurse of the Year runner up (Neonatal Nurse Association) in recognition of her contribution to the education and development of nurse new to neonatal care!!

Susan has touched and influenced so many of our nursing careers and this award goes some way to recognising that –well done.

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Neonatal Nursing 3rd Edition the new “Boxwell”

We have always known that there is so much experience and knowledge in neonatal care in the North West and it is highlighted in this edition of Boxwell which has 8 contributors from the NW – well done to you all and thank you for your time/commitment to making this happen.

This is a great encouragement to the rest of us to consider how we want to develop/share the great work that we are doing. Time to give that some real thought – what can you do to make that happen?

The great news is that there is a 30% Discount Available – enter the code ADS19 at checkout to get the bargain price of £23.09  . See attached flyer for more information.



Section 1- An Overview of Neonatal Care
Chapter 3: The Premature and low-birthweight neonate Emma Kyte, Nurse Consultant, Liverpool Women’s Hospital
Section 2- The physical and emotional wellbeing of neonate and family
Chapter 5: Developmentally focused neonatal care Alison O’Doherty,

Matron, Manchester Foundation Trust, Wythenshawe

Chapter 9: Ethical and legal issues in the neonatal unit Deborah Nicholson and Katherine Noble, Neonatal nurse / educators, Royal Preston Hospital
Chapter 10: Early care of the newborn Sarah Fitchett, Neonatal Lecturer, Salford
Chapter 11: Management of thermal stability Tracey Jones, Senior Neonatal Lecturer, Manchester
Chapter 14: Neonatal brain injury Debbie Webster, Lead Educator, North West Neonatal ODN
Chapter 16: Management of fluid and electrolyte balance Allison Mitchell, Programme Leader MSc Advanced Practice (Neonates), Salford


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Join the Neonatal Nurses Association (NNA)

The Neonatal Nurses Association (NNA) http://www.nna.org.uk/

The Neonatal Nurses Association was established over 40 years ago in 1977 by Beryl Chadney, a senior nurse at the Department of Health. She selected a small group of neonatal nurses from across the country, to address the inadequacies within neonatal nursing, perceived to be a contributor to a higher than average perinatal mortality rate in the UK, in comparison to other European countries.

One factor identified as a probable cause was the poor communication between specialised units to promote and share emerging developments in a specialty industry that was very much in its infancy. A national conference organised for the following year was overwhelmingly subscribed and neonatal nurses demanded more interaction amongst themselves and specialist education.

The purpose of the Neonatal Nurses Association has remained unchanged since then; a national organisation representing neonatal nurses, steered by neonatal nurses to promote neonatal nursing for the benefit of sick newborns and their families throughout the country.

Membership costs:

  • £45 annually*
  • £12.50 quarterly
  • £30 annually* for Students or Retirees
  • Key membership benefits:
    • Neonatal Nursing Journal
    • Yearly achievement award
    • Special interest groups
    • Affiliation with COINN (Council of International Neonatal Nurses)
    • Reduced cost for members to the Annual Conference
    • Tax relief for annual payments

For more information and to complete an application form visit:  http://www.nna.org.uk/application-form.html

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