Travel Scholarship Winners


Yoko Nishimura

Yoko Nishimura is a senior neonatal neurology nurse at University College of London Hospitals. Yoko will visit the Neonatal Unit – The Simpsons Centre for Reproductive Health Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh in order to gain insight and practical know-how for implementation of the NIRS (Near Infrared Spectroscopy) monitoring device for neonates.

The project will harmonise and collaborate the implementation phase of the NIRS device project. The concept is to coordinate the practice and knowledge gained in both units to improve overall neonatal care. Yoko will further develop NIRS toolkit, parent’s information and collect feedback from nurse/doctor colleagues and parents in order to improve care and support for babies on NIRS monitoring.


My name is Faizah, I am a senior neonatal nurse at UCLH. I am passionate about organ donation as a subject and am currently undertaking a Chief Nurse Research Internship on neonatal organ donation. With my travel scholarship, I will be visiting a neonatal unit that currently practices organ donation. The scholarship will help us as a unit to develop a relationship with another unit that has been successful in achieving this. A combination of my research and the travel scholarship will help facilitate the process of offering neonatal organ donation at UCLH. Staff on the unit will feel more confident in their knowledge of the subject. We will be able to include information about neonatal organ donation as a routine part of our end-of-life care discussions with families, ensuring they feel well informed and empowered to make this decision for their babies.


The aim of our project is to examine how harmonisation of aims is achieved between parents and clinicians in international neonatal units renowned for having an effective and embedded FICare model. Understanding the parents voice is crucial, both within the aims of this research, but also more generally as a culture we want to create within the UK. We wish to conceptualise the parent’s voice as one branch of the FICare triangle, rather than a small part of something, or part of a hierarchy. We believe one system critical to this is training, how is this delivered to staff in units with effective, embedded FICare.

Rachel Collum
Lecturer in Psychology at Sunderland University, with research interests in neonatal FICare and supporting the immediate and wider family following a NICU stay. Also mum to a preemie (Born at 29+1) and involved in various charity and NHS projects aimed at amplifying the parent voice.

Claire Campbell
Care Coordinator (Northern Neonatal Network). Clinical experience of 30 years in neonatal care, grandmother to preterm twins. Passionate about working in partnership with parents and ensuring the parental voice is heard and paramount in decision making and care planning.

Sue Thompson
Care Coordinator for Northern Neonatal Network with clinical experience in NICU, SCBU, neonatal outreach and transport. Previously a BLISS nurse supporting families in neonatal care, and also managed Paediatric Critical Care Unit where parents voices were really listened to.

Ailie Hodgson
Care Coordinator for Northern Neonatal Network, former Paediatric and Neonatal Occupational Therapist, trained in FINE 1&2, NBO, EI SMART & Unicef BFI. Supported families with babies born pre- term, dealing with long term illness, extended hospitalisation, changes in function, palliative and end of life care. Passionate about parent voice and currently exploring neonatal AHP provision with AHPs & Parents.