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“My first neonatal conference and it was fantastic - So many inspirational speakers.”  Claire D.


“Feel proud and privileged to be a neonatal nurse.”


“So enjoyed the networking - more from Sheffield next year.”


conference abstracts

speaker one: michelle upton


Title: ATAIN project – opportunities for transforming new-born care

speaker one: erica everett


Title: HIE: team priorities in the crucial first hour

ATAIN is an acronym for Avoiding Term Admissions into neonatal units. The work has been led by the patient safety team at NHS England and the NHS Improvement over the last three years. This session will outline the drivers to ATAIN, methodology and findings from a review of clinical data, focusing on three areas including admissions for respiratory symptoms, hypoglycemia and jaundice. A number of strategies for addressing the findings at local, network and national level will be presented. IN addition an overview of current national policies influencing changes in maternity and neonatal care will be presented, outlining opportunities for neonatal teams to harness the current profile on perinatal safety underway nationally.


Speakers 3: Helen Shelley & Kate Bradley – Russell

Title: When the unexpected becomes the expected


Helen and Katie will present the case of a cardiac baby with an unusual presentation and course. The baby presented postnatal with suspected Hyperplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). They will briefly discuss the role of the cardiac nurse. The pathway for cardiac babies diagnosed prenatally will then be outlined. A brief video will show the A and P of HLHS. The case of baby A will then be presented, with time for questions at the conclusion.


Speakers 5: Claire Campbell& Sarah Stephenson


1. Reflections on research with parents in the area of  perinatal loss

2. Translating research into practice  The Butterfly project


Most women who have a multiple pregnancy (twins, triplets or more) do not have complications, but sadly, every day in the UK at least one baby from a multiple pregnancy dies. We wanted to start to understand what it felt like to be a parent who has had to face such a difficult challenge and conducted a research project. We spoke to parents who had lost at least one baby, and had a least one surviving baby from a multiple pregnancy, and we spoke to midwives, doctors and nurses to hear about their experiences. From this information we have developed an educational website to help healthcare staff understand what it feels like to be a parent, and includes short film clips for the key themes, along with other stories and resources. The aim is to improve and share understanding of this challenging situation and in turn improve the care we offer to families.

The website for parents and health professionals can be found at

The focus of this presentation will be team responsibilities in the first hour following the delivery of an infant with HIE. It is essential to ensure that resuscitation is adequate and that the focus is on A (airway) B (Breathing) and C (circulation) when the infant is delivered in poor condition, however once the infant is stabilised there is a shift towards provision of therapeutic hypothermia and taking steps to target temperature. The aim is the same in all neonatal settings but the steps to therapeutic hypothermia will differ depending on the level of care available locally. Whilst there are clear treatment pathways available for the infant diagnosed with HIE nationally, questions remain regarding infants just outside of cooling criteria. I will present information relating to on-going studies that, once published will start to provide answers and potentially improve outcomes for a wider group of infants.


Speaker 4: Gaynor McGuiness

Title: Exchange transfusion in 2017: competence, complications and controversies


The technique of ‘Exchange Transfusion’ has been utilised by Neonatal teams for the past 70 years. The number of exchange transfusions have dropped significantly over the past 30 years with the advent of technological advances within photo-therapy and Immunoglobulin administration (anti D). As Exchange Transfusions have become more infrequent this brings unique challenges to neonatal staff with regard to maintaining competency in an extremely rare procedure. The presentation focuses on a case study within the East of England  and how as a result of this  the region and Cambridge University Hospital have responded.


Speaker  6:  Patrick Turton

Title: Planning for the worst, aiming for the best


Neonatal critical care transport requires teams to work in unfamiliar, isolated and restrictive environments, often with unstable and unpredictable patients. Throughout this presentation we are going to look at identifying factors which make this area of work challenging. Identifying these factors can help teams by allowing them to rehearse appropriate responses to the uncommon events which might occur. There are some circumstances when neonatal transfers are not undertaken by specialist transport teams. These transfers can put strain on the local systems,  though there are measures which can be taken to help reduce the challenges faced by local teams.



“Special thanks to Denise, Cath and Liz.”


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