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.

Colin Morgan, North
Ngozi Edi-Osagie, North
Kathryn Blake, Midlands & East
Alison Bedford Russell, Midlands & East
Grenville Fox, London
Simon Hannan, London
Eleri Adams, South
Minesh Khashu, South
Helen Kirrane, Patient & Public Voice
Phil Meredith, Patient & Public Voice
Mrunal Sisodia, Patient & Public Voice
Daniel Eve, Lead Commissioner, daniel.eve@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: