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Maternity Services: Nurses

Health written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Stuart Andrew Stuart Andrew Conservative, Pudsey

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to improve front-line nursing for premature and sick babies.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) “Quality Standard for Specialist Neonatal Care” and the “Toolkit for High Quality Neonatal Services” are valuable tools to assist NHS commissioners and providers in the provision of high quality care for babies and their families. These documents have been placed in the Library and are available at:

“Quality Standard for Specialist Neonatal Care” is available at:

www.nice.org.uk/media/17A/A8/SpecialistNeonatalQualityStandardRevisedOct10.pdf

“Toolkit for High Quality Neonatal Services” is available at:

www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/@ps/@sta/@perf/documents/digitalasset/dh_108435.pdf

Every neonatal unit is now part of a managed clinical network and networks have increased transport services hours and coverage. As set out in the NICE Quality Standard, networks, commissioners and providers will wish to undertake an annual needs assessment and ensure each network has adequate capacity. This includes ensuring there are appropriate numbers of neonatal nurses.

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