PARENT 218 x free

New project: PArent-to-PaREnt Support Interventions for Parents of Babies Cared for in a NeonaTal unit

Care4Dem 218 x free

New project: Caring for Care

New year – New projects!

2018 has seen the start of two new projects for the Evidence Synthesis Team within ESMI.

The first to kick off in January was the 12 month RfPB-funded PaReNt project, with Becky Whear as the Principal Investigator and Harriet Hunt as the lead Research Fellow. PARENT stands for PArent-to-PaREnt Support Interventions for Parents of Babies Cared for in a NeonaTal unit. Parents of babies admitted to neonatal units experience an emotional journey for which they are ill-prepared. Feelings of helplessness, fear, sadness, guilt, grief and anger are common, and may persist long after discharge from the unit. These experiences can have negative effects on long-term outcomes. When asked about the background to the project Becky said “Evidence has shown that support from peers with first-hand experience, who are therefore able to empathise with problems and challenges, is beneficial in many settings. However, the contribution of parent-to-parent support within the neonatal context has not been fully explored”. Partners in the PARENT project include representatives from SNUG, Sue Prosser from neonatal unit at the RD&E Hospital, Andrew Collinson from the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and Kate Boddy from the UEMS PPI team.  Find out more about PARENT.

The second project to have started this year is the 18 month NIHR-funded Caring about Care project. Caring about Care is a series of linked evidence syntheses aiming to identify how best to improve the experience of care for people with dementia and their families in the acute care setting. Jo Thompson Coon, the Principal Investigator, said “we are very excited to be undertaking these reviews. This idea for this work came about through our discussions with network research volunteers from the Alzheimer’s Society who felt that the need to improve the experience in hospital was one of the most important areas needing research – so it’s great that we have been funded to do it“. Ruth Gwernan-Jones and Hannah Jones are the research fellows leading the qualitative and quantitative components of these reviews.