E02. Specialised Surgery in Children


Specialised surgery in children includes surgical management of rare conditions, all surgery on neonates, paediatric oncology surgery, paediatric urology, major paediatric gastrointestinal surgery and thoracic surgery excluding cardiac surgery.


Chair: Mr Oliver Gee, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon, Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

James Bruce, North
Sujata De, North
Richard Stewart, Midlands & East
Ian Sharp, Midlands & East
Karen Daly, London
David Glyn Williams, London
Steven Wall, South
Russell Evans, South
Melissa Taylor, Patient & Public Voice
Vacancy, Patient & Public Voice (if you are interested in applying for this vacancy please email england.voice-crg@nhs.net for more information)
Joanna Reid, Lead Commissioner, joanna.reid2@nhs.net


A key part of the CRG’s work is the delivery of the ‘products’ of commissioning. These are the tools used by the 10 Hub Commissioning Teams to contract services on an annual basis.

Service Specifications

Service specifications are important in clearly defining the standards of care expected from organisations funded by NHS England to provide specialised care. The specifications have been developed by specialised clinicians, commissioners, expert patients and public health representatives to describe both core and developmental service standards. Core standards are those that all funded providers should be able to demonstrate, with developmental standards being those which may require further changes in practice over time to provide excellence in the field.

The following service specifications fall within the scope of this CRG:


A commissioning policy is a document that defines access to a service for a particular group of patients. A NICE Technology Appraisal Guideline on the same topic will replace, or be incorporated into, a commissioning policy as appropriate. These are important documents that are developed to ensure consistency in access to treatments nationwide.