To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress the Government has made on national standards to provide psychological support to parents of babies in neonatal care, set out in his Department's Toolkit for high-quality neonatal services and British Association of Perinatal Medicine service standards for hospitals providing neonatal care.
22 March 2021
‘Implementing the Recommendations of the Neonatal Critical Care Transformation Review’ sets out an action for Local Maternity Systems (LMS) and Neonatal Operational Delivery Networks (NODN) to work together to profile the provision in local providers by reviewing the extent to which providers are integrating families into care, which should also include information on and access to emotional wellbeing and psychological support and the provision of resources and accommodation. NHS England and NHS Improvement asked LMS and NODNs to develop action plans to address any gaps.
The NHS Long Term Plan committed to enhance the experience of families with a child in neonatal critical care. From 2021/22, care coordinators will work with families within each of the clinical neonatal networks to support families to become more involved in the care of their baby.