Advanced Staff Training

Funding the most Advanced Staff Training & Professional Development

Every year we fund members of the unit’s medical and nursing staff to attend seminars, workshops and other training events both at home and around the world. We also fund advanced educational qualifications for several of our medical and nursing staff, allowing them to grow their knowledge and bring specialist expertise into the unit.

Advanced staff training in Simpson Neonatal Unit funding by Simpsons babies charity


The Vermont Oxford Network (VON) is an international multidisciplinary network for Quality Improvement in Neonatology. Membership enables the Unit to measure and compare its outcomes with those of more than 1000 other neonatal units worldwide. Network units share quality improvement success stories to improve each other’s care and outcomes.We fund 6 places each year for staff to attend the VON Annual Quality Congress in the USA and pay for the neonatal unit annual subscription for membership of VON. To learn more about how staff have benefited from this view our stories.


Educational Grants

Educational Grants for Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (ANNPs). We provide grants of £1,000 per person per year to undertake specialist training courses in order to ensure babies in the unit get the best possible care.


We also pay the annual software licence fee, to enable staff to have access to the VON network, and participate in video conferencing and gain access to research papers online.

Staff Testimonials 

Read about staff experiences