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 Kallfa, 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:


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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.

Get involved

If you are interested in the work of the specialised paediatric allergy, immunology and infectious disease CRG or its NPOC, you can register as a stakeholder.

For details on our latest consultations please visit the NHS England consultation hub.

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