Embedding Baby Friendly standards in neonatal care course

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Effective staff training is essential for Baby Friendly accreditation but many health-care facilities report difficulties in developing appropriate curricula.

This course aims to provide neonatal staff with the knowledge and practical skills to fully implement the neonatal standards in their workplace. There will be a strong focus on the importance of relationship building, involving parents as true partners in care and supporting breastmilk use and the transition to breastfeeding. See the participants’ pack (link on right) for more details on the aims and objectives of the course.

Who is this course for?

The course is suitable for all staff working within neonatal and transitional care units. Other staff who may be charged with training this group of staff may also find the course useful.

Practical skills reviews

The course incorporates four practical skill elements which should be completed after attendance on the course. These can be incorporated into the daily care plan for mothers and babies and will help link theory to practice within the clinical area.

The course is taught in two ways: as an in-house course, where a trust hosts the course for its staff on its own premises, and as an open course, where individuals attend a course hosted by the Baby Friendly Initiative.

In-house courses

This is the most economical way of accessing this course. Training is provided on the trust’s own premises for up to 16 staff. The price is £5,950.

The course may be used in different ways. Some trusts send all their staff on the course, while others choose to hold the course jointly with another facility. Some host the course (sometimes more than once) and then use some or all of the staff who have attended it to run in-house training for their colleagues. To discuss holding the course for your staff or area, please call the Baby Friendly Initiative on 020 7375 6144 or e-mail us at bfi@unicef.org.uk.

Open courses

These are open to anyone and are held at central locations (see the booking form for details). An individual place costs £470.

You can book a place on an open course by using our open course booking form.

Full open course listings can be found on our courses page.

Please note that our services are usually booked up several months in advance and your first preferred date may not always be available.

Embedding Baby Friendly standards in neonatal care: 2 Day course - Participant’s pack

Very pleased with the course. Very informative and relatable to neonatal; I feel much more confident now and look forward to implementing the information into practice."
Course participant