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Neonatal Network Northern Ireland
This is the logo for the NI Neonatal Network

The Neonatal Network Northern Ireland leads on the provision of safe, high quality services for specialist neonatal care through good practice and the development of outcome-led services. The engagement and participation of staff and families are central to the work of the Neonatal Network ensuring that their contribution to continuous service improvement is addressed through the network’s work plan.

Established in 2013, the Neonatal Network was set up in response to Department of Health recommendations for the development of a formalised network structure for neonatal services in Northern Ireland. Neonatal services are delivered at seven neonatal units located at Altnagelvin Area Hospital, South West Acute Hospital, Craigavon Area Hospital, Daisy Hill Hospital, Antrim Area Hospital, the Ulster Hospital and the Royal Maternity Hospital.

Network Structure and Accountability Arrangements

The Neonatal Network Board comprises membership from all Health and Social Care Trusts, the Health and Social Care Board, Public Health Agency and TinyLife. This representation from all units across the province builds collective responsibility and co-operative working which facilitate cohesive planning, coordination and development of Neonatal Services across Northern Ireland.

This flowchart shows lines of accountability in the Neonatal Network in Northern Ireland

Network Principles

Network Priorities

The Network is committed to maintaining safe, high quality, family focused and sustainable neonatal services in Northern Ireland. The Network continues to be a focus for Trusts, family representatives and service planners to work together towards this aim.

The Network’s key priorities are to utilise its resources and energy to focus on achieving regional consistency in care and driving quality improvement across the region. The Network also supports the development of clinical leadership and provides a forum to share knowledge, good practice, expertise and learning. Achieving consistency and improving care supports the following priorities:

Network Stakeholders

Our stakeholders include those involved in the design and delivery of care and treatment for premature babies.  The following stakeholders from the network organisations work together in the best interests of the babies and their families:

Parental Engagement Group

The Parental Engagement Group leads the process of engagement and participation with neonatal families as a key strategic network group . The group feeds into and reviews the Neonatal Network plans to build on the partnership between staff and families and to support the continued use of the Regional Discharge Questionnaire service improvement tool which provides a feedback mechanism for staff and families. The group strives to ensure issues that affect families are addressed through the neonatal work plan and relevant network. To find out more about the 2016/17 parental survey report ‘Parents’ Experiences of Neonatal Care: A 3-year Journey’ click here.

The Parental Engagement Group is the Network driver in embedding a co-production approach to delivering quality neonatal care. Members have been pivotal in developing and improving resources for parents, families and carers including the following information leaflets:

NameSizeHits
Having a Premature Baby: What it means for you and your baby0.4 MiB156
Information for Parents: Routine testing for Pseudomonas and MRSA in Neonatal Units0.2 MiB106

Contact

Claire McGinley, Neonatal Network NI Project Manager

T: 028 9536 1070

E: claire.mcginley@hscni.net