About this event

  • Date and time Tue 25 Jan 2022 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Maternity and the Newborn Forum

This webinar presents a new multidisciplinary approach to working with parents and high-risk infants, along with up-to-date research on the outcomes and neurodevelopment needs of high-risk, premature, and sick infants. 

Leaders in developmental psychology, children’s occupational therapy, neuroscience, and neonatology will provide insightful presentations on approaches you can take to provide parental support and meet the developmental needs of high-risk babies in neonatal units. The latest research about sleep in high-risk babies, and outcomes of high-risk babies into adulthood will be addressed. You will also hear from a parent with first-hand experience of this approach and how it worked for them. 

During this webinar you will learn about:

  • The outcomes of babies born early and sick into adulthood
  • New interventions to support parents and high-risk infants in the neonatal units using a multidisciplinary, coordinated approach
  • Sleep and brain development in order to provide high-risk babies the optimal environment

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Standard pricing available until 25 January 2022.


RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Retired Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Student
£24.00 £18.00 £18.00 £18.00 £12.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP AHP / Nurse / Midwife Non Healthcare Professional Trainee Student
£44.00 £33.00 £33.00 £33.00 £22.00

Key speakers

Professor Dieter Wolke

Professor of Developmental Psychology and Individual Differences, Warwick University, UK

Betty Hutchon

Head of Children’s Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Dr Topun Austin

Consultant Neonatologist, Neonatal Unit, Rosie Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK


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Welcome and introduction

Dr Joanna Hawthorne, Psychologist and Former Director, Brazelton Centre UK 

Long term outcome after very preterm birth into adulthood: Implications for intervention

Professor Dieter Wolke, Professor of Developmental Psychology and Individual Differences, Warwick University 

Question and answer session
Ei SMART’: Early intervention, Sensory, Motor, Attention and regulation, Relationships, Together: A new approach to improving the experience for parents of high-risk infants and children through co-production and working collaboratively

Betty Hutchon, Head, Children’s Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and Dr Sibylle Erdmann, Psychologist, Parent and Co-chair, Ei SMART management team, a person with lived experience of Ei SMART 

Question and answer session
Promoting brain development through sleep and neural synchrony

Dr Topun Austin, Consultant Neonatologist, Neonatal Unit, Rosie Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

Question and answer session
Closing remarks

Dr Joanna Hawthorne 

End of the webinar



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

Special rates for difficult times 
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s ​weekly COVID-19 Series ​webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be  distributed  in future on various internet channels. 

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