Supporting parents and infants in neonatal intensive care.
By Deanna Gibbs, 2021
Supporting parents and infants in neonatal intensive care
I am the Director of Clinical Research for Neonates and Children, at Barts Health NHS Trust in London, and a Visiting Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London. My doctoral research work explored parenting occupations in neonatal intensive care settings.
My Churchill Fellowship supported continuation of this work by visiting four neonatal centres of excellence in the USA in order to review best-practice approaches for occupational therapy in neonatal intensive care units.
Activities which have stemmed from the Fellowship include: as primary author of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) Clinical Practice Guideline for Occupational Therapy in Neonatal Services and Early Intervention (2017); as primary author of the RCOT Occupational Therapy Staffing in Neonatal Units document (2018); establishment of research collaborations with OT academic partners in the USA and Australia to continue to build the evidence base for supportive interventions for high-risk infants and their families in neonatal settings.
In 2018, I received a Merit Award from the RCOT UK in recognition of my contribution to neonatal occupational therapy.
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