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RCM backs CQC recommendations

8 July, 2016

RCM backs CQC recommendations

There is widespread support for a CQC report into improving care for newborn babies and infants with complex health problems.

Its national report, published yesterday (7 July), identifies a lack of guidance and agreed best practice to support NHS trusts to identify and manage serious health risks in newborn babies and infants.

The CQC makes a number of recommendations – which are supported by the RCM, among others – to address inconsistencies in current practice and calls for new national guidance.

The three main areas of care the report explores are: detection of health problems during pregnancy through screening; diagnosis and management of newborn babies with deteriorating medical conditions; and management of infants requiring respiratory support in the community.

Jane Munro, RCM quality and audit development advisor, said: ‘This is a useful report highlighting the national variation in practice and the importance of good communication processes for sharing information between all the stakeholders when any problems are detected through screening in pregnancy.

‘We fully support the recommendation that NICE should develop national guidance for health practitioners, providers and commissioners about the discharge pathway from hospital to home and about caring for infants who need long-term ventilation in the home.’

Also backing the report are NICE, the RCN, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the British Association of Perinatal Medicine.

The report highlights many of examples of good practice in each area. 

However, the CQC found variation nationally and inconsistent processes to communicate information from one specialty team to another. 

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