FiCare International Committee

The International Family Integrated Care steering committee (FICare) is  a multidisciplinary committee created following the completion of the International FICare study, to continue to support ongoing Family Integrated Care initiatives across all countries.

About us

We are a multidisciplinary group with passion for families, and believe in the importance of FICare


  • Our vision is that all hospitals caring for newborn infants provide the highest quality of Family centered/ integrated care.


  • Our mission is to both promote and to assist in the implementation of FICare.
Position Statements

Areas identified as goals

  • Promote FICare
  • Assist in the implementation of FICare
  • Advocacy
  • Support of Research and QI projects

International members of the committee are:

  • Australia, Canada, China, Spain, The Netherlands, UK, US
  • Parent partners CPBF< Canada
  • EFCNI (Europe)

Members of the International Family Integrated Care Steering committee:

AustraliaKei LuiSchool of Women’s and Children’s Health, Uni of South Wales

AustraliaRenee MuirheadNeonatal Critical Care Unit, Mater Mothers’ Hospital, South Brisbane. QLD
AustraliaMary SharpNeonatology Service, King Edward Memorial Hospital, and Perth Children’s Hospital, WA Australia
AustraliaJoanne BellRN, Project & Clinical Lead, Family Integrated Care, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, The Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne Australia
CanadaFabiana BacchiniParent ambassador, Ex-director CPBF Canadian Premature Babies Foundation, Toronto, Canada
CanadaKaren BenziesProfessor, Faculty of Nursing; Adjunct Research Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, and Director Social Innovation, Vice President (Research Office), University of Calgary. 3280C – 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2n 1N4.
CanadaTanya BishopManager, neonatal Care Team IWK Nova Scotia Health Network
CanadaMarianne BrachtDepartment of Paediatrics, Mount Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto, 600 University Ave, Toronto, ON M5G 1X5, Canada
CanadaKarel O’BrienProfessor and Staff Neonatologist
Department of Paediatrics, Mount Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto, 600 University Ave, Toronto, ON M5G 1X5, Canada
CanadaShoo LeeProfessor Emeritus, University of Toronto;
Honorary Staff Physician, Mount Sinai Hospital;
700 University Avenue, Room 8-500, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z
CanadaChandra WaddingtonUniversity of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada
CanadaMarsha Campbell-YeoProfessor, School of Nursing, Dalhousie University,
ChinaZhang QianshenHong Kong University-Shenzhen Hospital, Shenzhen city, China
ChinaXue YHong Kong University-Shenzhen Hospital, Shenzhen city, China
EnglandJayanta BanerjeeNeonatal Consultant, Department of Neonatology, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Hon Senior Clinical Lecturer, Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology, Imperial College London
Theme co-Lead, Origins of Child Health and Disease, Centre for Child Health, Imperial College London
EnglandAniko DeierlConsultant Neonatologist, Deputy Head of Specialty
Department of Neonatology, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
EnglandKelly HarveyNorth West Neonatal Operational Delivery Network, Alder Hey Children's Hospital. Executive committee member of the National Neonatal Nurses Association UK
EnglandLiz McKechnieLeeds Centre for Newborn Care, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Great George St, Leeds LS1 3EX, United Kingdom
EnglandClare RaimanCare Coordinator, West Midlands Neonatal Operational Delivery Network, UK

GermanySilke MaderParent ambassador and co-founder of EFCNI. , EFCNI, European Foundation for Care of Newborn Infants, Hofmannstr. 7A. 81379, Munich, Germany
ScotlandNeil PatelDepartment of Neonatology, Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow, 1345 Govan Road, Glasgow, G51 4TF.
ScotlandJudith SimpsonNeonatal Intensive Care Unit, Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow, UK
SpainBárbara MorenoDepartment of Neonatology, La Paz University Hospital, Paseo de la Castellena 261, 28046 Madrid
The NetherlandsNicole R. van VeenendaalAIOS Kindergeneeskunde, Epidemioloog, Amsterdam UMC
United StatesLinda S. FranckProfessor, School of Nursing, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA