NICQ 2018-19 Structure



NICQ 2018-19 Structure

Infants and families are at the center of all we do.

Foundational Principles

  • Family-Centered Care
    • families as partners in every team’s quality improvement projects
    • family advisor as a fully empowered and supported member of each NICQ team
    • faculty and VON support to achieve and advance family-centered care
  • Effective Teamwork
    • leverage practices to create team conditions that optimize quality improvement
    • create a safe environment for voicing ideas and concerns
    • understand the NICU as a network, with many teams interacting
  • Quality Improvement Methods
    • the Model for Improvement guides rapid cycle improvement
    • faculty and staff include individuals with formal training from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI) and from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). The methods from these sources and others provide a rich set of resources


  • groups of 8-10 teams focused on a complex clinical issue or NICU topic
  • supported by a dedicated faculty team (clinical, quality and family leaders)
  • resourced with a Toolkit that includes evidence-based Potentially Better Practices
  • sharing of improvement strategies and learning within and between Homerooms

Sequence to Achieve Change