Excellence in Neonatal Care

MedAll Virtual Course for Neonatal Healthcare Professionals on 13th April 2021, 6-9pm

25th February 2021

We are pleased to announce our continued partnership with leading healthcare education platform MedAll for our next online education event ‘Excellence in Neonatal Care’ on 13th April 2021.

Excellence in Neonatal Care will bring together leaders in neonatology and include topical content such as optimal cord clamping, neonatal vaccines, and alternative modes of surfactant administration.

This will be our fourth MedAll event and our first focusing on Neonatal Care. The format of inspiring speakers, interactive discussions and the opportunity for virtual networking with global peers has attracted hundreds of delegates from all around the world.

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“Well done Dr Catriona Kelly sharing an insider’s view from within COVID ICU.” Sam McCaffrey

“Great basic science content, graphics and delivery by Jonathan Downham at the MedAll & Armstrong Medical Respiratory Skills Course.” Dr Lynda Jane Mottram

“Superb webinar and great learning. Thank you for the invite and opportunity to meet colleagues from around the globe.” Serena O’Brien

Prompt registration is encouraged to avoid disappointment.

Guest speakers

Dr David Sweet

“Alternative Modes of Surfactant Administration”

  • David Sweet graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 1990 and trained in Paediatrics and Neonatal Medicine in Northern Ireland and Western Australia.
  • He was appointed as a Consultant Neonatologist in the Regional Neonatal Unit in the Royal Maternity Hospital in Belfast in 2003 and Honorary Clinical Lecturer for the Dept of Child Health, Queen’s University in 2007.
  • David is the Northern Ireland Co-ordinator of several multi-centre trials and maintains an active interest in perinatal research and evidence-based medicine. He is first author of all 5 editions of the European Guidelines on the Management of RDS, 2007 – 2019. He has 35 peer reviewed publications and review articles to date, mostly related to new born respiratory care and the evolution of neonatal bronchopulmonary dysplasia.

Colm Darby

“Neonatal Vaccination – promoting conversations with vaccine hesitant parents”

  • Colm is Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at Craigavon Area Hospital.
  • He is Chair of the Neonatal Nurses Association in Northern Ireland.
  • He has won Neonatal Nurse of the Year and was a finalist at the RCNi Awards for Advanced Clinical Practice 2020.

Dr Sarah Bates

“Optimal Cord Management”

  • Dr Bates is a Consultant Paediatrician & Neonatologist at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
  • She is the PERIPrem Project Neonatal Operational Clinical Lead.
  • Dr Bates is also a member of the BAPM Executive Committee and the Neonatal CRG LNU/SCU Representative.

Alison Rea

“Dealing with Bereavement in ICU”

  • Alison Rea is a member of the bereavement team at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.
  • With over 23 years midwifery experience she has cared for many couples experiencing the loss of a baby.
  • Alison now spends all of her working time providing specialist support to bereaved families and help and advice to the medical teams who care for them.

Irene Beirne

“Neonatal Nuggets – a novel approach to teaching in a busy neonatal unit”

  • Irene is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Neonatology in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), University Maternity Hospital Limerick, Ireland. Irene has almost thirty years neonatal experience, working in large level three NICU’s nationally and internationally.
  • She has presented at many conferences both nationally and internationally. Her most recent research ‘providing culturally sensitive care in the neonatal setting to infants whose parents are from the Irish Traveller Community’ has been published in the Journal of Transcultural Nursing.
  • Irene carries the profession of Nursing in high regard and endeavours to provide family centred care for all infants and their families. She is committed and dedicated to providing high quality neonatal care to new-born infants and their families. Her research and special interests include: cultural care, family centred care, prevention of late onset sepsis, oral immune therapy and development of quality improvement plans and initiatives.

Dr Michael Narvey

“Advances in the treatment of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia”

  • Dr. Narvey began his training in Pediatrics at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg where he completed a year of further training in Neonatology. This was followed by two years of Neonatal fellowship at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.
  • Afterwards he began his career as a Neonatologist in the same city and over the 6 years he spent there, his career included both clinical and administrative duties including 4 years as the Fellowship Program Director and two years as the Medical Director for a level II unit.
  • In late 2010 he accepted a position in Winnipeg to become the Section Head of Neonatology and continues to hold this post. In 2016 he took on the additional role of Medical Director of the Child Health Transport Team. In 2015 he became a member of the Canadian Pediatric Society’s Fetus and Newborn Committee and in 2019 took over as Chair of the same. In this capacity he also serves as a liaison member on the Committee on the Fetus & Newborn for the AAP.


Free event for every healthcare professional & student.

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This MedAll event is sponsored in partnership with TriMedika.


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