Northern Neonatal Network Website   

Welcome to the website of the Northern Neonatal Network. The website provides information about the Network and the 11 neonatal units within it.

The Northern Neonatal Network is one of the 16 (11 in England) Managed Clinical Networks for neonatal care in the UK. They were re-designated as "Operational Delivery Networks" in England in April 2013. The Network was brought together as a formal group following recommendations from the Department of Health to ensure babies and their families’ receive the highest quality of care.

The Network is governed by a Board, made up of representatives from each of the Trusts within it and other health care professionals, as well as parent representatives. To see the current Board structure, membership and the Terms of Reference that it operates under, click here.

The Northern Neonatal Network aims are:

• To provide a safe, high quality service for special neonatal care workloads across the network region, and seek to improve outcomes for all babies born and cared for within it

• To maintain a framework for demonstrating the attainment of minimum quality standards, the implementation of continuous quality improvement, and adequate risk management in special and intensive neonatal care across the region

• In collaboration with the Region's Specialist Commissioners at NHS England, to agree the appropriate allocation of capital and revenue for neonatal care across the Network.



The Northern Neonatal Network is the largest of the neonatal networks in England in terms of geographical area covered. It stretches from the borders of Cumbria and Northumberland down past the Tees valley into North Yorkshire, where it borders the Yorkshire & Humber Neonatal Network. There are a total of 11 units within the Network. Four of these are designated as Level 3 or Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU), and seven are designated as Level 1 or Special Care Baby Units (SCBUs). The eleven units working collaboratively with the Network to cater for a population of over 3 million people and an annual birth rate of approximately 35,000. It covers all Local Authorities in the North East and North Cumbria and care is provided on the 11 sites by nine different NHS Foundation/Acute Hospital Trusts.

Northern Neonatal Network 2015


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