About dietitians in neonatal care
Dietitians can have a significant impact on the care of sick and premature babies providing, as part of the neonatal team, specialist nutritional advice facilitating improved outcomes to each infant and designing nutrition practice protocols and monitoring tools. By enhancing clinical effectiveness and avoiding clinical complications the role can lead to a reduced length of hospital stay with associated cost saving implications.
Neonatal Dietitians Interest Group (NDIG) is a sub group of the Paediatric Group of the British Dietetic Association providing an informal network for neonatal dietitians from the UK and Ireland.
- To establish a network of dietitians working in neonatology to share practice.
- To create a forum for discussion of current issues within the field of neonatal nutrition.
- To provide evidence based education and advice to non-specialists and specialists in the field of neonatology through meetings, study days and a network of experts who can be contacted for advice.
- To develop links with other professional groups working in neonatology.
- To undertake joint collaborative audit and research to develop formalised standards and publish work
Please contact them for support and information:
Chair: Catherine Turner, Specialist Neonatal Dietitian
Dept. of Nutrition & Dietetics, Southmead Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust
Tel: 01174 145428
Membership Secretary: Nikki Lyttle, Neonatal Dietitian
Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital, Belfast
Tel: 028 90633499
Website Coordinator: Emily Quek, Neonatal Dietitian,
Dept of Nutrition and Dietetics, Broomfield Hospital, Mid-Essex NHS Trust
Tel: 01245 514383