E08. Neonatal critical care


This Transform Clinical Reference Group (CRG) covers Neonatal care and associated specialised transport for neonates.  Specialist neonatal care provides a care pathway from birth for the neonate requiring resuscitation and stabilisation at delivery to delivery of care in an appropriate level of neonatal critical care facility, including neonatal intensive care units, local neonatal units and special care baby units. There are critical interdependencies with maternity neonatal surgery and tertiary paediatric specialties. Services are managed within an Operational Delivery Networks.


Chair: Dr Ngozi Edi-Osagie National Specialty Adviser (NSA):
Aung Soe, Clinical Member
Babu Kumararatne, Clinical Member
Elizabeth Pilling, Clinical Member
Grenville Fox, Clinical Member
Jennifer Birch, Clinical Member
Jennifer Deeney, Clinical Member
Victoria Puddy, Clinical Member
Kirsten Mitchell, PPV Member
Kelly Phizacklea, PPV Member

Heather Weaver/Tracey Williams, Medicines Optimisation Lead
Nigel Gooding, Pharmacy Lead
Nevila Kalfa, Public Health Lead
Bernie Stocks, HSS Commissioning Lead
Caroline Lee-Davey, Affiliate Member, BLISS
Karen Mainwaring, Affiliate Member, NNA
Eleri Adams, Affiliate Member, GIRFT
Sankara Narayanan, Affiliate Member, LNU/SCU
Steve Wardle, Affiliate Member, BAPM
Louise Weaver-Lowe, Affiliate Member, ODNs
Freddie Drew, Lead Commissioner


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:


Implementing the recommendations of the neonatal critical care transformation review

The Neonatal Critical Care Review, commissioned by NHS England, was setup in response to the Better Births report in 2016 which recommended a dedicated review of neonatal services. This report sets out the actions required by the local and regional NHS to improve the care of babies and enhance the experience of families with the support of funding set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.

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Get in contact

For any questions or queries relating to the work of the specialised paediatric allergy, immunology and infectious disease CRG or its NPOC, please contact: england.npoc-womenandchildren@nhs.net