NICU Team at St Michael’s Hospital, Bristol, Shortlisted for Award

17 September 2018

NICU Team at St Michael’s Hospital, Bristol, Shortlisted for Award

The finalists for the Sustainable Health and Care Awards 2018 have been announced, and we are thrilled, and proud, to report that the team at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Michael’s Hospital, Bristol, have been shortlisted for an award in the ‘Care and Clinical Practice’ category.

The Sustainable Health and Care awards programme aims to, “highlight and celebrate the fantastic sustainable development work across the NHS, social care and public sector. Providing organisations, teams and individuals the opportunity to showcase their projects.”

For their entry for the ‘Care and Clinical Practice’ category, St Michael's Neonatal Unit presented their collaboration with parents, and vCreate, to introduce a new secure communications app to support the delivery of Family Integrated Care in the unit. They also demonstrated how the introduction of this technology has created sustainable benefits for parents of premature and sick babies, their families and the wider community.

Louise Gould, Developmental Care Lead Sister and NIDCAP Professional from the unit, recently shared the team's experience of the technology in a blog she wrote for Sustainable Health and Care Week, you can read Louise's blog here.

Upon receiving the news that the Neonatal Unit had been shortlisted, Louise said,

“Being shortlisted for the Care and Clinical Practice Award at this year’s Sustainable Health and Care Awards for our use of vCreate is very humbling. We want the best outcome for our patients and their families. Since the launch of vCreate on Christmas Day 2017, our families have been able to feel closer to their babies and for some, it has provided valuable memories of their baby during a very difficult time of mourning.

We are very grateful to our unit charity Cots for Tots for funding this, and would also like to thank Ben and his team for their ongoing support. We look forward to developing the system further, not only on our unit, but across our network.”

The winners will be announced on 21 November at a ceremony held at Edgbaston cricket ground, Birmingham, following the Sustainable Health and Care Forum. You can view the full list of awards and finalists here.

Best of luck to all those nominated!