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The 2021 Virtual Neonatal Conference took place on 15 June 2021.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to our fantastic line-up of speakers and all delegates for joining us at today’s virtual event – we hope you enjoyed the conference and found the talks interesting and inspiring.

Please see your post-conference email for your certificate, handout and evaluation link. If you missed any of the conference or would like to watch any of the talks again, on-demand access will be available until Wednesday 30th June 5pm. 

Please note: We will share the slides of any speakers who are happy for us to do so. Please keep an eye on this webpage and our social media for announcements on available slides. 

Speakers and topics at the 2021 Virtual Neonatal Conference included:

  • Karen Read, Professional Lead for Neonatal, UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative – Welcome
  • Sue Ashmore, UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative – Update and overiew
  • Anna Quinn, Neonatal Programme Manager, NHS England and NHS Improvement Implementing the recommendations of the Neonatal Critical Care Transformation Review in 2021/22
  • Renée Flacking, Professor in Paediatric Nursing, Dalarna University, Sweden – Positive breastfeeding experiences and facilitating factors
  • Dr Sarah Bates, Consultant Paediatrician & Neonatologist, PERIPrem Operational Clinical Lead (SW England), BAPM & CRG Representative for LNU & SCU (UK), Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Improving survival & outcomes for preterm infants through optimising early Maternal Breast Milk – a national QI toolkit from BAPM
  • Dr Nathalie Charpak, Paediatrician and Researcher in KMC, Director of Kangaroo Foundation of Bogota, Colombia – The long-term effects of the Kangaroo Mother care method
  • Louise Rattenbury, Matron Neonatal Unit, The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital – The journey to Gold & lessons learnt
  • Colm Darby Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Southern Health and Social Care Trust – Resilience of the neonatal units during COVID-19
  • Dr Matthew Price, Principal Clinical Psychologist & Infant Mental Health Pathway Lead, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust – Very little minds matter: the importance of infant mental health in a neonatal context
  • Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, RLC, CLE, CCCE, CLD, Mother Journey – Foundations in health, human milk, epigenetics, and the microbiome
  • Prof Paul Clarke, Consultant Neonatologist/Honorary Professor, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust & University of East Anglia Delivery room cuddles for extremely preterm babies and parents
  • Lottie King, Leo’s Neonatal – Nurture Project: Parent support groups through COVID-19
  • Janet Dalzell, Professional Lead for Scotland, UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative – Close of conference

Please see below a supplemental delegate handout provided by Laurel Wilson to accompany her talk. 

Neonatal conference speaker timetable


Conference programme


Foundations in Health - supplemental delegate handout from Laurel Wilson


View full speaker lineup by downloading the event timetable. Event timetable subject to change. 

Please note: the conference will be streamed in a web browser – we recommend using Chrome for the best experience to ensure full functionality.