Two projects which help babies and children are both joint runners up in this year’s national Quality Improvement Awards.
The Move on Ventilation Early (MoVE) programme has given parents the opportunity to enjoy precious first time experiences with their seriously ill children, the only work of its kind in the UK.
This pioneering work at Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children (RHC) is helping parents and children on life support machines share special family milestones for the very first time and the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), who developed the programme in collaboration with our specialist physiotherapy team, is leading the way in the UK by being the only unit to work with its patients – many of them on ventilators - and their families to embrace early movement.
The second project began in Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) Maternity Unit and Royal Hospital for Children (RHC) and has now been adopted by a number of hospitals across the UK.
The ‘Warm Bundle’ project was nominated for its pro-active response to the problem of hypothermia in babies born after 35 weeks gestation.
The neonatal unit at the RHC set up a team in collaboration with QEUH Maternity Unit to develop a way to improve new-born thermal care.
The team used information and resources to educate staff and parents about how to optimise the thermal environment for babies and use skin-to-skin contact between babies and their parents to maintain a normal body temperature.
The Quality Improvement Awards celebrate and showcase the fantastic range of quality improvement practice that is been taking place across the length and breadth of Scotland to make services the best they possibly can be for babies, children, young people and their families in all aspects of their lives.
Kevin Hill, Director of Women and Children’s Directorate, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “I am really pleased that the work of all the staff involved in both those projects has been recognised nationally for the difference they are making children and babies.
“Both projects are innovative and the first of their kind with other units across the UK developing similar programme.
“They have both achieved a significant change in culture resulting in improved patient and family-centred care and they are hugely beneficial for parents as they are more involved in their child’s care.”
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