The consultants are the specialist doctors who manage the overall treatment of individual babies. There are eight neonatal consultants who take turns in coordinating the care of babies in the different nurseries each week. They are supported by a team of Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (ANNPs) and doctors.
Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioners are nurses who have undergone additional and specialist training in neonatology. This includes a period of academic training and clinical training, including in the practical procedures we regularly perform on the neonatal unit.
The sisters are the most senior specialist nurses on the unit. They are supported by a team of nurses who are specially trained to look after premature and sick newborn babies; they will be responsible for your baby’s day-to-day care. Student nurses are always supported by a more experienced nurse. A designated senior nurse will coordinate the whole of the nursing team on the unit each day. A nurse leader will be allocated for each nursery. Please ask for the nurse or consultant in charge for the nursery if you wish to discuss a particular issue with them.
The neonatal team also includes ward clerks, secretaries, health care assistants, care centre assistants and a medical technician. The health, development and care needs of babies can be complex. Other members of the multi-disciplinary team may be involved in your baby’s care, including physiotherapists, speech therapists, dieticians, radiologists, neonatal surgeons, health visitors, social workers, specialist nurses and a counsellor.
In the interests of your baby’s health and welfare, the nurses and doctors on this unit routinely meet and correspond with other health and social care professionals to discuss your baby’s condition and progress and future care and/or treatments.
See also ‘Meet the team‘ photos and roles.