E08. Neonatal Critical Care


Neonatal care is a highly intensive environment in which nurses and doctors provide continuous support for very sick children and their families 24 hours a day.  Since 2013, services have been managed within Operational Delivery Networks. Much of the care of newborn babies, either healthy babies or with lesser problems, is carried out at the district hospital where they are born. Complex and intensive care, particularly of very preterm babies, is carried out in tertiary centres, falling within the responsibility of this Clinical Reference Group (CRG).


Chair: Professor Neil Marlow, Professor of Neonatal Medicine, UCL EGA Institute for Women’s Health.

Recruitment to this CRG is in progress and the names of the members will be updated shortly.


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: