Parent and carer information - National Neonatal Audit Programme

The RCPCH reviews the standards of services through a neonatal audit programme to measure how care is provided to babies who are born premature or have a low birth weight. Involving parents is vital for neonatal units when developing quality improvement and managing closer engagement with mums and dads regarding their babies' care.

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2016 Your baby's care - A parent/carer guide to the National Neonatal Audit Programme (English and Welsh language versions)

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Your baby's care - A parent/carer guide to the National Neonatal Audit Programme (PDF, 1.98MB, 20 pages)

'Gofal eich babi' - Canllaw i’r Rhaglen Archwilio Newyddenedigol Genedlaethol Adroddiad Blynyddol 2016 (PDF, 1.98MB, 20 pages)

On behalf of the NNAP Project Board, we are delighted to inform you that the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has now published the NNAP update of ‘Your Baby’s Care’, the booklet for parents and carers.   

The 2016 Welsh version of the report will be coming soon.

2015 Parent and carer guide (English and Welsh language versions)

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The NNAP worked with the parent representatives on the project board to produce 'Your baby’s care'. This is predominantly aimed at the parents and carers of babies admitted for care on neonatal units. Its purpose is to promote the existence of the NNAP, what it does, and also to act as a guide to the results of the full NNAP 2015 Annual Report on 2014 data. 

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& Us is the RCPCH's platform for children, young people, parents, carers and families. We provide a variety of ways for people to share their views and experiences to improve healthcare for young patients.

However you want to make a change, we've got something to suit you. Join & Us to make your voice heard. If you would like to hear more about our work within neonatal services let us know.

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About the National Neonatal Audit Programme

Although many neonatal units had been routinely collecting and reporting their data prior to 2006, there was no coordinated national programme of data collection at the time.

In June 2003 an advisory group was created by the Department of Health to consider how to best meet the needs of doctors, babies and their families and whether to fund a clinical audit in relation to neonatal care.

As a result the National Neonatal Audit Programme (NNAP) was established. NNAP is funded by NHS England, commissioned through the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and delivered by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).

Its continued aim since 2006 is to assess whether babies admitted to specialist neonatal units in England and Wales receive consistent and high quality care, as measured by adherence to a set of agreed guidelines and standards.

By comparing key measures at unit, network and national levels, the NNAP encourages high standards of care and highlights areas requiring improvements across all levels.

More about NNAP

About different levels of neonatal units on the BLISS website

Information for neonatal units to make available to parents and carers 

The audit asks specific questions about every baby admitted to every neonatal unit in England and Wales. The answers are collected as part of routine care by the doctors and nurses on the units.

When analysing data entered by neonatal units, the NNAP team at the RCPCH does not have access to any information that could identify individual babies (such as names of babies, dates of birth or NHS number). So, the audit is completely confidential.

Parent and Carer guide to understanding the flow of patient data (PDF, 959KB)

Neonatal Data Analysis Unit (NDAU Poster) – “Why your baby’s data are important” (PowerPoint, 1.16MB)