Rebecca Lemin, Manager, South West Neonatal Network, Neonatal Mental Health Awareness Week Spokeswoman

I have been working in public sector organisations both nationally and locally for the last 19 years. I started my career working as a researcher in health policy directly for the Rt Hon Charles Kennedy MP, moving then to an inner-city Mental Health Trust, then onto a Local Authority before settling in 2006 as a Senior Consultant for the Institute of Public Care at Oxford Brookes University.

I took up post as Network Manager in 2013. Over the last 6 years we have seen the emergence of a strong and experienced network team who are committed to improving the management, delivery and outcomes of neonatal care across the South West Region.  We work to interconnect our region around a common purpose, striving to build a culture of sharing, trust and respect, and to create an environment where we can find shared solutions to both improve the quality and effectiveness of our service.

As Manager of the South West Neonatal Network Team I seek to provide positive strategic leadership both across the region as well as working collaboratively with colleagues in NHS England and affiliated professional and patient groups and charities.  As a professional and a mother to children who were born extremely prematurely in 2008, I am passionate and committed to ensuring that within our Network we recognise the significance and importance of recognising parents as equal partners in the delivery of care to their infants and put emphasis on supporting and ensuring their wellbeing during and after their Neonatal stay. As such I strive to ensure that as a Region we innovate, collaborate and seek to be seen as leaders in promoting Family Integrated Care within Neonatal Services. Further information on the work that we undertake in the South West can be found at and @SWNeonatal  

Facts & Figures

79% of parents said a neonatal stay affected their mental health

Leo’s saw a 337% increase in need due to COVID-19

Did you know, reading to your baby in the NICU helps their development?

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