NIFN provides a much-needed support base for health professionals working to improve infant feeding practice within public services. The purpose of NIFN is to facilitate:
- Information-sharing: share good practice and learning, across the region and nationally.
- Support: help health professionals who lead on infant feeding to overcome challenges.
- Education: present and discuss relevant research and clinical practice ideas within facilities and across the network.
- Representation: opportunities for members to share their own experience and views and to influence the Regional Lead’s work within the Leadership Group.
We are now developing a database of key contacts in each neonatal unit in England to begin establishing the network and facilitate information-sharing. We will then hold initial meetings for these key contacts, giving them an introduction to the network and to plan next steps.
What is needed from you
Please identify a key contact from your neonatal unit to join the network. This should be a professional with interest in / responsibility for improving infant feeding practice in the unit. There will be no obligation to attend regular meetings; rather the contacts will be kept informed of latest developments and opportunities to attend events if they wish. Please send their name and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject header ‘Neonatal NIFN’ and state their name, unit name and email address and we will follow up with further information. Sending these details will indicate that the key contact is happy to receive communications regarding the network from Unicef UK; please ensure that the contact is aware of this. Data will be held securely and will not be shared beyond the network leads.