Baby-friendly gold award for Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
09 September 2020

Baby-friendly gold award for Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

 

The West Sussex health visiting service  from Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust are the first in the South East (outside London) to receive a Unicef UK Gold award for their work.

The service, which is part of the Trust’s Healthy Child Programme, has received the prestigious Baby Friendly Gold Award, recognising excellent and sustained practice in the support of infant feeding and parent-infant relationships across West Sussex.
The service was ‘highly commended’ for its submission and was found to have ‘demonstrated outstanding commitment’ to the effective implementation of the Unicef Baby Friendly standards.
 
In the UK, the Baby Friendly Initiative works with UK public services to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding and to strengthen mother-baby and family relationships. Support for these relationships is important for all babies, not only those who are breastfed.
 
Kate Pilcher, Chief Operating Officer and Unicef Baby Friendly Guardian for Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust  said:
 
“We are committed to providing excellent care to the mothers,  infants and families who need us and achieving this prestigious Gold award is recognition of the high quality service our excellent teams deliver in West Sussex. We are delighted and proud to be recognised in this way.
 
“We know there is always more that we can do and continuous improvement sits at the heart of everything we do.  This accreditation will give us a platform to build on the high standard of care that we provide.”