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iHV has been supported by the Tiny Lives Trust to develop and offer a programme of training for health visitors to be “Neonatal families ambassadors” for their areas.

The training has been co-produced by parents and professionals to support health visitors in their role with families. The programme of training is underpinned by evidence-based resources that will support health visiting teams, to effectively help families who have had a baby and spent time on a neonatal unit. The programme is underpinned by the voices of parents and people with lived experience and we are joined by expert speakers on the day.

Suitable for health visiting team members with an interest in preterm and sick babies – the training offers the opportunity to:

  • share their learning with their health visiting colleagues.
  • enhance the support health visiting teams offer to these families.
  • Following training each Ambassador will receive access to resources enabling them to raise awareness via a short session for their colleagues.

To raise awareness of the unique needs of preterm and sick babies and the health visitor’s role in providing personalised support to their families.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To raise awareness of the family’s experience
  • To increase knowledge of prematurity
  • To increase knowledge and understanding the health visitor’s role
  • Introduce resources to support best practice, including Ambassador resources to support onward delivery of these key objectives to colleagues.

What is Ambassador training?

The Ambassador model of training is a sustainable approach to accessible learning. Following training, the Ambassadors can continue their learning by accessing the Surviving to Thriving: Neonatal Ambassadors materials online. This includes further films, reading, e-learning and useful organisation resources. Following this, Ambassadors can also share their learning locally via access to Ambassador resources to provide a short awareness session to colleagues (where agreed locally).

Attributes of an Ambassador include: having a professional interest/role as an advocate for the subject, being a good communicator (to raise awareness from a lesson plan and session resources, where agreed locally), and contributing to local initiatives to improve communication and support to parents.


Neonatal Families Ambassadors training options


Neonatal Families Ambassadors Training

This programme is underpinned by the voices of parents and people with lived experience and we are joined by a number of expert speakers on the day. The Ambassador one-day event will equip heath visitors to act as advocates for families with pre-term or sick babies who are in, or have previously spent time in,

1 day
Suitable for: Health Visitors (including those with interest in pre-term babies)
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