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Plans for US-style project for parents with babies in neonatal intensive care units

Applications for the Sweeney Programme are being sought from UK NICUs for the first time
Picture of a newborn in a neonatal care unit

Applications for the Sweeney Programme are being sought from UK neonatal intensive care units for the first time

Involving patients in the design of care is one of the ambitions of the NHS. But getting parents involved in such a highly-pressurised and fast-paced area as neonatal intensive care is easier said than done.

However, the Point of Care Foundation is offering units the chance to do this by introducing its Sweeney Programme to neonatal services in the UK.

The programme aims to encourage patients and staff to co-design improvements. It has been running since 2017 and has worked with more than 50 different services, including a number of children’s teams.

Projects include improving the care of children with abdominal pain at Alder

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