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Neonatal Care
Neonatal Care

Neonatal Care

The Neonatal Care strand aims to support NHS boards to improve the quality and safety of neonatal healthcare. The key objective is to achieve a 30% reduction in adverse events that contribute to avoidable harm in neonatal services by March 2019. This is defined by addressing harm arising from:

mechanical ventilation
hypothermia
invasive lines
high-risk medicines
transitions of care, and
undetected deterioration.


In addition, there is the shared aim with the maternity care programme to reduce neonatal mortality by 15% by March 2019.




To achieve this, MCQIC uses the Breakthrough Series Collaborative Model. Networking events are held every six months to encourage sharing and learning. These are interspersed with action periods, when local teams undertake small tests of change to improve care.

The Model for Improvement is used to support testing and implementing changes. Frontline staff are also supported through monthly WebEx sessions.

A key element of monitoring and guiding improvements is the use of data.  All units are collecting and using local data to drive improvements. 

A range of tools and resources for frontline staff, including the measurement plan, can be found in the SPSP Members Area and Tools and Resources below.
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