The first meeting of the Small Wonders Advisory Group took place on Thursday the 22nd of November at Best Beginnings offices’ in London.

Twenty-one people attended the meeting in total, including eighteen external Advisory Group members (some of whom had travelled from as far as Edinburgh to attend) as well as some of the Best Beginnings team.

The Small Wonders Advisory Group, which now has twenty-nine members, is made up of healthcare professionals from a variety of disciplines (including Small Wonders Champions) academics and policy makers.

Attendees at this meeting included RCM Director for England Jacque Gerrard, Consultant Neonatologist fromLiverpool Women's hospital Bill Yoxhall, and Network Manager from Staffordshire, Shropshire & Black Country Newborn Network Ruth Moore.

The group has been established to to help shape the development of the Small Wonders Change Programme in ways that deliver to the needs of front line healthcare professionals and the parents they support.

The group will also give advice on the development of Best Beginnings’ Small Wonders Change Programme through sharing members’ varying perspectives in the field as well as inputting on the strategic development and operational delivery of the programme.

The group plans to meet face to face every six months with teleconferences every two months in between these meetings.

Best Beginnings would like to thank all members of the group for giving their time to enable us to work together to drive change towards more family centred care.

To find out more about latest developments in the Small Wonders Change Programme, visit Small Wonders Progress and Activity

Best Beginnings is keen to grow the group further therefore should you like to get involved please email [email protected] with a short paragraph on why you would like to join and what you feel you can bring to the group.