Scottish Perinatal Network (SPN) Newsletter – Issue 39 – January 2024

Posted by Anne-Sophie Hoffmoen - 07/02/2024


We are back with our first SPN Newsletter of 2024 – Issue 39 detailing all the goings on from the first month of the year.

Is it just us or did January whoosh past? Maybe it was the wind from storms Isha and Jocelyn* which helped speed it along. As always January presents the typical philosophical musings like “when will I use the phrase ‘last year’ and actually mean 2023 and not 2022”, and similar. Are you correctly writing 2024 instead of 2023 yet? 
Scottish Perinatal Network Updates:
The Perinatal Approach to Extreme Preterm Births webinar – Feedback sought!
SAER Group update
Transport Group update
Opportunities to Get Involved
Perinatal Events Stack
National Maternity Network Updates:
Safeguarding Forum(s) update
Maternal Medicine Group update
Scottish Maternity Engagement project update
Plan-A – please signal boost!
Opportunities to Get Involved
Maternity Events Stack
National Neonatal Network Updates:
Publication of new guidance: Management of Extreme Preterm Infants
FICare Event 26/01/2024 – review
congratulations message from Bliss
Register now for the Scottish neonatal AHP event in March!
Neonatal Planning Meeting
Monthly Grand Round
Neonatal Events Stack
SPN Strategic Partner Updates: Bliss, NES, SNBTS, NICE, FSS, Near Me,
News & Updates from outside SPN:
Headlines & articles
A Spotlight On: Time to Talk Day – 1st February 2024
Wishing you all a slightly less dreich and windswept February (we can dream)!


The SPN Team

*Side note: Did you know that storm Jocelyn was named for Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, an astrophysicist who discovered the first radio pulsars in 1967.  In 2018, she was awarded the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, worth three million dollars, for her discovery of radio pulsars (as it is not limited to recent discoveries).  She donated all of the money “to fund women, under-represented ethnic minority and refugee students to become physics researchers“. There is ongoing debate and controversy as to why she was not included as a recipient of the 1974 Nobel Prize in Physics. Those of you who have read the newsletter for a while are probably not surprised at where the author of this email stands in that respect, hehe.