About Us

FINE is the only programme that gives neonatal professionals of all disciplines opportunities to develop knowledge and skills in steps that can be paced to their career needs, whether that means orientation for beginners, developing competent practice or leadership.

With FINE we bridge the gap between theory and practice with a range of learning opportunities that can be adapted to different settings. We have universal appeal with activity in over 20 countries and translations into 12 languages.

For more information about FINE, view our resources page.

Meet the Team

Inga is the primary author of FINE and  Co-Director of FINE International. She is a Senior NIDCAP Trainer with extensive international experience with papers about infant and family centred developmental care published in nursing, therapy and medical journals. She is co-author of “Caring for your Baby in the Neonatal Unit: a Parent’s Handbook”. She has an MSc in Child Development, is an Honorary Doctor of Science awarded by Oxford Brookes University, is a Fellow of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list 2021.

Emily Hills is a clinical specialist neonatal occupational therapist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. She has an MSc in Advanced Neonatal Studies from Southampton University. Emily is also a certified NIDCAP professional, and a trainer for the Newborn Behavioural Observation (NBO) and Neonatal Behavioural Assessment Scale (NBAS) with the Brazelton Centre UK. Emily is an Advanced Practitioner in Sensory Integration (SI) and is co-author of Sensory Beginnings, a three-day educational programme for health care and early educator providers.

Beverley is a paediatric occupational therapist who has specialised in neonates since 2005. She is a qualified NIDCAP and APIB professional and is currently in training to become a NIDCAP trainer at University College Hospital London. She has a special  interest in neonatal stress and pain and collaborated on development of the Evaluation of Intervention (EVIN) scale. Beverley is a founding member of the faculty for FINE 1, 2 and 3 and is the coordinator for FINE 2.

Gillian is a consultant speech and language therapist and NIDCAP trainer at UCLH.  She has worked in neonatology over the past 3 decades and has a particular interest in feeding and the importance of comfortable digestion, areas on which she has taught extensively internationally. She was on the recent NICE guideline committee for specialist respiratory neonatal care and is now an expert advisor for NICE.  She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and was awarded an OBE in 2015.

Jennie is a specialist neonatal physiotherapist with a background in childhood development and disability. She is the Lead Neonatal Developmental Therapist at the Jessop Wing Level 3 NICU in Sheffield. Jennie is a qualified NIDCAP professional, and is an NBAS and NBO trainer with the faculty of the Brazelton Centre UK.

Emily is a NIDCAP trained speech and language therapist with 20 years experience working with babies and children with feeding and swallowing difficulties in hospital and community settings. She is currently employed at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London UK. Emily’s particular interests are with the challenges experienced by babies born early or unwell and how a medically complex start to life can affect longer term feeding and communication outcomes.

Trish has over 20 years experience as a neonatal intensive care nurse and is currently a senior sister and developmental care lead on a level 1 unit. Trish has completed all three levels of the FINE curriculum and is our co-ordinator for FINE 1. She is part of the FINE 1 faculty and is a mentor for FINE 2.

Mary is the Clinical Nurse Manager of the Neonatal Unit at the Coombe Women & Infants’ University Hospital, Dublin. She has over 20 years experience in neonatal nursing and is a qualified NIDCAP professional.
Mary is the FINE coordinator for Ireland and has been instrumental in highlighting the benefits and necessity for developmentally supportive care in Ireland, organising FINE courses, and the 2012 International Infant Development in Neonatal Intensive Care (IDNIC) conference in Dublin.

Zoe has been a Neonatal nurse for over 25 years. She qualified as a NIDCAP professionals in 2001, and has since done some recap training on the FINE level 2. Before having her two girls Zoe worked with Inga at St. Mary’s in Paddington (now part of Imperial). She now works on the neonatal unit in Tunbridge Wells.

Batia is a senior neonatal nurse with 20 years experience. She currently works as a research nurse in neonatology at Imperial NHS Trust in Paddington, London. Batia has completed the Teaching and Learning for Health Care Professionals module at masters level, has worked as part of the education team in the neonatal unit at Imperial, and as a facilitator for an award winning multidisciplinary project to upskill neonatal staff in the NW London area through a ward based teaching programme. Batia completed her NIDCAP training in 2014.

Becky is a neonatal sister and Developmental Care Lead at the Regional Neonatal Unit at  St. Michaels Hospital, Bristol. She is a qualified NIDCAP professional.

Debbie is been a neonatal nurse since 2009 working in two level 3 intensive care units in the UK. She currently works at St Michaels Hospital Neonatal Unit in Bristol as a neonatal sister and joint developmental care lead. She has worked with the Neonatal Transport Team and is the Family Integrated Care lead. She completed her NIDCAP training in 2016. 

Rosy is a post doctoral researcher at UCL Social Research Institute who brings valuable research experience to the FINE team. Her research interests include sociology of childhood; children’s rights in relation to healthcare; children’s palliative care; and research ethics. She has a particular interest in baby-led practices and parental involvement in neonatal healthcare (intensive care units), and in shared decision-making in neonatal and paediatric healthcare. 

Monique Oude Reimer is a NIDCAP trainer at the Erasmus MC-Sophia Children’s Hospital, Rotterdam where she works as a clinical development consultant in the NICU supporting individualized care for infants and families. Monique is a founding member of the international FINE team. She has presented many conferences lectures and FINE courses in English, German and Dutch in different countries. She is also a member of the EFCNI Scientific Advisory Board.

Nikk Conneman is a neonatologist at the Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam. He is a Senior NIDCAP Trainer and APIB(Assessment of Preterm Infant Behaviour)  trainer with extensive international experience. Nikk is Co-Director of FINE International with Inga Warren and Monique Oude Reimer.

Louise is Matron of St. Michael’s NICU in Bristol. Louise has worked as a neonatal nurse since qualifying as a Children’s Nurse in 2002. She completed her NIDCAP training in 2014.

Corina, the mother of twin girls born preterm, is the Founder and President of  ARNIS,  an association dedicated to improving babies’ health in Romania including the implementation of Family Centered Care.  She introduced FINE to Romania in 2018 and in 2022  won an EFCNI award for the outstanding accomplishment of adapting FINE for online training in Romanian during the Covid pandemic.

Sociologist, mother and storyteller, Vice President of ARNIS, an association dedicated to improving babies’ health in Romania including the implementation of Family Centered Care. Organised and assisted the training of more then 350 caregivers in Romania in 12 online and offline FINE training sessions.

Livia is Founder and Vice-President of the Melletted a Helyem Egyesület association for preterm babies in Hungary. She is the mother of a preemie boy born at 27 weeks gestation who is now a teenage boy living with multiple disabilities. She is a member of the EFCNI Parent Advisory Board and is an NFI Family Council member. Livia coordinates FINE training in Hungary and received an EFCNI award for the organising the adaptation of FINE for online training in Hungarian. She is currently completing FINE 2 and is part of the Hungarian FINE faculty.

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It is endorsed by many organisations including university medical centres, parent organisations, the European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants, the NIDCAP Federation International and Bliss.  

FINE Neonatal UK Ltd. has been set up to extend the reach of FINE through expansion of on-line and live training that will make it more accessible and responsive to demand.

Early evaluation of FINE shows positive changes in practice. Warren I, et al. 2019.  Evaluation of the Family and Infant Neurodevelopmental Education (FINE) programme in the UK. Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 25(2):93-98.