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FINE Masterclass

October 1st 2018
Armada House, Bristol
FINE – NIDCAP Masterclasses are open to all who have attended FINE Foundation Toolkit or Practical Skills courses.

These multidisciplinary events are an opportunity to network, keep up to date and share good practice in Infant and Family Centred Developmental Care. They are led by specialist practitioners and parents are invited to participate. Programmes include presentations of the main topics followed by discussion groups, and short presentations on innovative practice.

Programme for October 1st will include

* Managing pain: Evaluating practice, which assessments to use, involving parents.
* Nursery Design: What works and what doesn’t.
* Preparing information for parents: What do they really want? “First Steps” booklet.
* Feeding: Making sure feeding becomes a pleasure not an ordeal.
* New programmes: First Steps. Level 3, Innovations. Medics course.
* Evaluating FINE. How do you know it is making a difference?
* Updates on projects and research.

Sponsored by Bliss. Contact to reserve your place or enquire about future Masterclasses. .

FINE Level 3: Innovations

This is the third step in the Family and Infant Neurodevelopmental Education programme. It is a project based course designed to support systems change. Currently in a pilot phase with support from Bliss.

Participants take on a case study and a quality improvement project with support from an experienced mentor. The course work is expected to take a year, fitted around usual work committments.

For more information contact

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Foundation Toolkit for Family Centred Developmental Care: FINE Level. Dates for 2018

Family and Infant Neurodevelopmental Education (FINE): Level 1.
This 2 day course covers the scope of family and infant centred developmental care and the evidence that supports it. The FINE programme integrates 6 themes that support neuroprotective and relationship based care: developmental theory, observation of babies, family participation, reflective practice, systems organsiation and evidence based practice. These themes are woven into topics that are the basics of neuroprotective care such as brain development, behavioural observation, sleep protection, attachment, feeding, sensory and motor development, stress and pain. Presentations and workshops encourage interactive learning and a beautifully designed course handbook is provided.

For information and application forms for this event please contact

This course has been accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and is endorsed by the NIDCAP Federation International. It is supported by Bliss in the UK and by the EFCNI in Europe. Currently course fees are £300 per person, with 40 the maximum number.

Dates and locations coming up in 2018-2019:
November 26-27: Manchester. Contact:
February 26-27 2019: Birmingham. Contact:

Practical Skills for Family Centred Developmental Care: FINE Level 2. Dates for 2017-18

Family and Infant Neurodevelopmental Education (FINE) Level 2. This intermediate level course follows on from the Level1, Foundation Toolkit, which applicants must have completed to be eligible for Level 2. "Practical Skills" is suitable for all neonatal professionals. After an introductory study day participants follow ten weekly work plans, each of which involves an observation exercise in the neonatal nursery and reflective writing that is sent to an assigned mentor to review. Site assessment tools are provided for evaluating practice. After completion of the coursework the group meet again for a seminar and evaluation process. A high quality printed work book is provided .

As with Level 1, this course is accredited by the Royal College of Nursing, endorsed by the NFI, and is supported by Bliss and the EFCNI. It has received high levels of interest worldwide and is now licensed for Australia, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, France, the Netherlands and USA, with trainees from 15 countries.

Start dates:
September 18th: Dublin. Contact:
October 2nd: Bristol. Contact:
October 8th: Sheffield. Contact:
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