I have been involved with the work of BAPM over the years and have always enjoyed contributing and collaborating with colleagues to improve outcomes for newborns and their families as well as healthcare professionals. I have been a member of various BAPM committees and working groups including the Toolkit for Neonatal Services and the clinical advisory panel of BAPM. I am a co-author on multiple national strategy/guidance documents e.g. Optimal Arrangements for Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the UK including guidance on their Medical Staffing: A Framework for Practice BAPM 2014, Service Standards for Hospitals Providing Neonatal Care, BAPM 2010. I also represented BAPM at the National Maternity Safety Steering Group.
In view of my interest and expertise in QI, I am currently a member of the BAPM Quality Committee Steering Group.
The most beneficial part of BAPM membership is the regular updates and guidance on important issues. It has provided very good opportunities for multidisciplinary collaborative working focussed on improving outcomes for children and families and given me the opportunity to represent BAPM at external stakeholder events.
In the future I’d like to see BAPM increase their involvement and engagement with nurses, ANNPs, and AHPs, develop a rolling training programme on QI & Safety and utilise national data for better insights and improvement.
I would encourage all those working in neonatology to join BAPM and would make a specific request to all trainees, ANNPs, nurses and AHPs to consider this and utilise this excellent opportunity to contribute and make a difference.