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Registration for the 2018 NNAP/NDAU Collaborators’ meeting is now open!

The 2018 NNAP/NDAU Collaborators’ meeting is now open for registration and will take place on Friday 27 April 2018, 9.00am -10.00am registration, finishes 16.30 pm at the America Square Conference Centre – (Cavendish venues) in the city of London.

The annual meeting will provide delegates within the neonatal community the opportunity of networking and engagement whilst receiving a full overview of the current work that is being undertaken by the National Neonatal Audit Programme (NNAP) and the Neonatal Data Analysis Unit (NDAU).

This multi-professional neonatal event will showcase initiatives in neonatal care that have been undertaken over the past 12 months. The programme will also include an interactive table work session so that you can learn from and share local initiatives with your peers.

Please do watch the video of highlights from our previous meeting that took place in 2017.

We welcome attendees from all disciplines working in neonatal care as well as parents and charity representatives, audit staff, service managers and commissioners. 

Please view the programme of events on the day (subject to change).

The delegate fee for this event is as follows:

Consultant £35
Neonatal network staff £35
Nurses, trainee doctors  Free
Administrative staff Free
Parents and parent representatives (charities) Free

Call for quick-fire presentations

We’d like to invite attendees to participate directly in the programme by giving a 5 minute presentation on the day.
Submissions relating to the following areas are particularly welcomed, however any other activities relating to improving neonatal care will definitely be considered:

  • Involving parents and carers in improving the neonatal service
  • How you’ve improved your results for a specific NNAP measure
  • How you’ve effectively communicated your NNAP results to the MDT or to families

Please submit no more than three draft presentation slides (excluding the title slide) with an accompanying overview summary of the related work by the close of Tuesday 3 April 2018.  The title slide must include your name, organisation and the topic of your presentation and you must have registered to attend the event by 3 April 2018 to be eligible for consideration.  Presentations will be chosen via competitive short-listing.
You will also be able to display your presentations during the lunch break.
Please submit your presentations by email to the NNAP Project Team at: nnap@rcpch.ac.uk
Register today and get your place booked in early!


NNAP 2017 on 2016 data National report available now!

The NNAP has launched its 2017 Annual Report on 2016 data and parent/carer report 'Your baby's care', on Thursday 21 September 2017, at the British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM) 2017 Annual Conference, Excellence in Perinatal Practice in Birmingham. The launch will form part of a session delivered by the NNAP clinical lead, Dr Sam Oddie, entitled “The NNAP: Where is it up to, and where is it going, including the launch of the Annual Report”  alongside Dr Gopi Menon who will present on The Future of Quality Improvement in UK Neonatology. Dr Oddie also led a workshop session on Friday 22 September entitled The NNAP Annual Report - A summary of the 2016 data, and how best to respond to the report key findings and recommendations.


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Presentation of local, region and national results
NNAP Online - An interactive reporting tool for the NNAP 2016 - 2014 presentation of results
The incorporation of examples of local QI case studies:


August 2017 (weblink)

February 2017 (weblink)

Cleft Palate: Examination in the Newborn (eLearning course) 

The RCPCH is proud to announce the launch of a brand new, eLearning module entitled Cleft Palate: Examination in the Newborn. This course is linked to the best practice guide which was published in 2015 by the RCPCH Clinical Standards Team. The guideline provides recommendations to health care professionals for optimal examination of the palate during the routine newborn examination to ensure early detection of a cleft palate. 

The aim of the eLearning course is to reduce unnecessary morbidity from delays in detection and ensure that the best practice guide for assessment of the palate in the newborn is followed consistently. The target audiences include paediatricians, midwives, nurses, GPs and all HCPs involved in the examination of the newborn.  

To access the course:

1. Go to the RCPCH Compass site: http://rcpch.learningpool.com

2. RCPCH members log-in through the members route.  

3. Non-members without accounts must create one here: Create New Account

4. Once you log-in, click on the eLearning button and select: Cleft Palate: Examination in the Newborn 

5. Then click on the ‘enrol me’ button at the bottom of the page.  

6. If you experience any issues call 0207 092 6000 and ask for the education & professional development team.

Please also forward this information to colleagues and groups who might be interested in this.


The 2017 NNAP/NDAU Collaborators’ Meeting

The 2017 NNAP/NDAU Collaborators' meeting took place on 24 April 2017 at the Studio in Birmingham. Over 100 people attended the event, including parents, multi-disciplinary neonatal unit staff members, neonatal network representatives.
The event offered a great opportunity for networking and learning more about how data is being used to monitor and improve neonatal care.  Please see below a short video which captures some of the reflections of attendees along with videos of the presentations delivered on the day.  
Highlights of the 2017 NNAP/NDAU Collaborators' meeting

 Presentations on the day (Video format)

Poster QI presenations

Presentations from units on QI initiatives undertaken within their neonatal unit or network.  

NNAP 2 year follow up data Meeting metrics vs.Delivering quality assessments, Dr Sankara Narayanan, Consultant Neonatologist, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Admission Temperature QI Project (2015-16), Dr Lawrence Miall, Consultant Neonatologist, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Reducing Clabsi with QI methodology, Dr Colin Peters, Consultant Neonatologist, Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow

Managing Antibiotics Wisely, Dr Sujoy Banerjee, Consultant Neonatologist, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board 

Warm Bundle Reducing admissions of neonates more than 34 weeks with temperatures less than 36.50C, Dr A M Heuchan, Consultant Neonatologist, Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow


The NNAP encourages quality improvement by the incorporation of examples of local QI case studies

The following case studies were included in the 2016  annual report to highlight how some neonatal networks and units have used NNAP results as a basis for identifying, and undertaking, local quality improvement activities.


The 2016 NNAP/NDAU Collaborators’ Meeting

The 2016 NNAP/NDAU Collaborators' meeting took place on 18 April 2016 at the Cavendish Conference Centre in London. Over 120 people attended the event, including parents, multi-disciplinary neonatal unit staff members, neonatal network representatives and commissioners.

The event offered a great opportunity for networking and learning more about how data is being used to monitor and improve neonatal care.  Please see below a short video which captures some of the reflections of attendees along with videos of the presentations delivered on the day.  A copy of the programme of events for the day is also available for information.

Highlights of the 2016 NNAP/NDAU Collaborators' meeting (Video)

The project boards of both the NNAP and NDAU are grateful to everyone who took the time to attend the event and look forward to further succesful events in future years.

 Presentations on the day (Video format)


NNAP 2016 Audit dataset questions

The NNAP have updated their 2016 audit dataset measures (PDF, 359KB)which includes an additional measurable standard for Magnesium Sulphate.


Project background

The NNAP is commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP), funded by NHS England, the Scottish government and the Welsh Government and is delivered by the RCPCH.
Approximately 750,000 babies are born each year in England, Scotland and Wales and of these nearly 1 in 8, or more than 95,000 will be admitted to a Neonatal Unit (NNU) which specialises in looking after babies who are born too early, with a low birth weight or who have a medical condition requiring specialist treatment.
Monitoring the standard of care provided by specialist neonatal units is essential to informing efforts to give all babies the best possible chance of surviving and reaching their full potential. The RCPCH does this through the National Neonatal Audit Programme (NNAP) which encourages individual NNU, regional networks and the nation as a whole, to deliver the very highest levels of care to babies and families by measuring against standards described by professional organisations.
The NNAP measures care based on data provided annually by all three levels of neonatal unit (Special Care Unit, Local Neonatal Unit, and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). By identifying the areas which require improvement, the audit informs action planning at a unit and network level, whilst helping hospital management, commissioners and policymakers to prioritise future funding and support.
Overall aims of the audit 
Assess whether babies requiring specialist neonatal care receive consistent, high quality care across England and Wales in relation to the audit questions;
  • Identify areas for improvement in relation to service delivery and the outcomes of care
  • NNAP and the Transparency Agenda
  • Bliss
  • British Association of Perinatal Medicine
  • Clevermed
  • HQIP
  • Neonatal Data Analysis Unit (NDAU)
  • The Neonatal Society

Contact the NNAP team:

Email: nnap@rcpch.ac.uk

Tel: 0207 092 6170