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: Dr Ngozi Edi-Osagie, Consultant Neonatologist
Heather Weaver, Pharmacy Lead
Nevila Kalfa, Public Health Lead
Bernie Stocks, HSS Commissioning Lead
Helen Kirrane, PPV member
Phil Meredith, PPV member
Mruna Sisodia, PPV member
Grenville Fox, Clinical Member
Jennifer Birch, Clinical Member
Kathryn Blake, Clinical Member
Liz Pilling, Clinical Member
Aung Soe, Clinical Member
Victoria Puddy, Clinical Member
Daniel Eve, 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 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:
- Maternal intravenous immunoglobulin for the prevention of allo-immune fetal and neonatal haemochromatosis
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