BAPM is working with Bliss on all FICare resources.

FICare is a model of delivering care in neonatal units which empowers parents to be primary caregivers, working as equal partners with staff in the care of their baby.

During the COVID-19 outbreak an FIC model can be particularly beneficial to both parents and staff.

FAQs on FICare and COVID-19


Bliss information and support for parents
Bliss has dedicated information about COVID-19 for parents which is being regularly updated, and is also offering online emotional support for parents through video chat (in place of Bliss Champion volunteers offering this face-to-face on units)

Making Family Integrated Care Work during COVID-19
Just a few examples of the amazing work being done to support families at this difficult time.

Supporting Parents' Mental Health
information for neonatal healthcare professionals from Bliss

Talking to children about Coronavirus
Advice from the British Psychological Society

Resources for parents of children with additional needs during the COVID 19 outbreak
A presentation from the Swansea Bay University Health Board

Anxiety and COVID-19- Advice for families
Information sheet from Swansea Bay University Health Board

Staying well when social distancing
Top Tips from the Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Coping with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak
Advice from WHO

Helping children cope with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak
Advice from WHO

Useful links - about FIC

Imperial's FICare Website (UK)

FiCare website (Canada)

BMJ Article - Family Integrated Care: changing the culture in the neonatal unit

Network review - A review of Family Integrated Care (FiCare) - A Case for change across the NWNODN?

Pubmed - Trial on the effectiveness of Family Integrated Care in neonatal intensive care units on infant and parent outcomes


vCreate is a Secure Video Messaging service which allows nursing staff in Neonatal and Paediatric Intensive Care Units to record short video clips and photos and share them with parents and relatives when they are unable to be with their child in the unit. This provides reassurance and helps minimise separation anxiety and forms a video diary which parents can download and keep when their child leaves the unit. 

Funded via a sponsor-led model, vCreate comes at no cost to parents or the unit and is approved for use in over 100 hospitals in the UK. Units wishing to implement the service for their parents can visit vCreate's website and register for a demo. They should speak to their charity about funding the service in exchange for a presence on the system plus the opportunity to add a “donate” button for extended family who may wish to contribute. vCreate will provide all documentation required for Information Governance as well as ICT.

Contact vCreate

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