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Northern Neonatal Network Annual Reports

The Network publishes a comprehensive Annual Report each summer, summarising and outlining its performance over the previous financial year, including achievements and progress against agreed objectives. These are made available via hard copy to local stakeholders, but a downloadable version can be found by clicking on the links below;

  • Northern Neonatal Network 6th Annual Report (2015-16) available here 
  • Northern Neonatal Network 5th Annual Report (2014-15) available here
  • Northern Neonatal Network 4th Annual Report (2013-14) available here

  • Northern Neonatal Network 3rd Annual Report (2012-13) available here

  • Northern Neonatal Network 2nd Annual Report (2011-12) available here

  • Northern Neonatal Network 1st Annual Report (2010-11) available here


Individual Unit Annual Reports

For many years the NICU at the RVI have been producing their own Annual Report by way of a comprehensive summary of key metrics and activity data, as well as outcomes. Such an approach is actually mandated by the new National Specification for Neonatal Critical Care and the Network is now actively trying to support all Units to produce their own annual reports. As these are produced, we aim to publish them and make them available here. Currently the following latest reports are available and can be downloaded by clicking on the links below;

Sunderland Royal Hospital (SRH) - Annual Report for 2016 available here

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust - Annual Report for 2016 available here

County Durham and Darlington (CDDFT) - Annual Report for 2016 available here

Newcastle (RVI) - Annual Report for 2016 available here

Northumbria (NSECH) - Annual Report for 2016 available here

University Hospital of North Tees (UHNT) - Annual Report for 2015 available here

James Cook University Hospital (JCUH) - Annual Report for 2015 available here


Network Projects

The Network recently undertook 4 separate Projects, overseen by one or more Leads across diverse areas we had identified as needing work and/or development. These resulted in a series of Final Reports which can be found below;

Parent Survey - For the Final Report, please click here

Module Review - For the Final Report, please click here

Neonatal Comfort Care Plan (NCCP) - For the Final Report, please click here

Publications and Articles

The following are publications and articles of interest relating to neonatal care that have been drafted by staff from within the Northern Neonatal Network

  • Simulation Training in the Northern Neonatal Network

    A recent national conference in London (Feb 14th 2014) focussing on the use of simulation within neonatal training was attended by teams from our four NICUs and headed up by Dr Richard Hearn (Consultant Neonatologist, RVI). Richard had led the drafting of a poster summarising the work across the Network to date on this developing topic with an emphasis on the Stabilisation Training - and which was accepted for display. To see a copy of the poster, click here

Below are some of the key documents that have been published in recent years that relate to neonatal care in England. As new ones are made available, they will be listed here with links to enable them to be viewed and downloaded.

  • Caring for Vulnerable Babies: The Reorganisation of neonatal services in England

    This was a national Audit Office Document published in December 2007 that examined and evaluated the impact of previous Government policy initiatives, particularly in relation to the formation of Neonatal Networks. It’s recommendations led to the formation of the Neonatal Taskforce that operated between 2009-10 and published the Toolkit (link below) as the culmination of its work.

To view or download this document, click here

  • The POPPY (Parents of Premature Babies Project) Report

    This 2009 report provides a summary of findings and recommendations from a three-year research study. The research was led by the RCN Research Institute at the University of Warwick, NCT and Bliss, in collaboration with the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit at the University of Oxford, and funded by the Big Lottery Fund. It examines the communication, information and support needs of parents of premature babies. Parents with a sick term baby in the neonatal unit have many similar needs.

To view or download this document, click here

  • Toolkit for High Quality Neonatal Services

    In November 2009, the Department of Health published new guidance to help the NHS improve the care provided for premature and sick babies and their families. The toolkit includes a set of eight principles for high quality neonatal services and a framework to assist commissioners. These principles cover the major aeas of activity within the neonatal care pathway and aim to provide standardisation in neonatal care:

To view or download this document, click here

  • BLISS Baby Charter Standards

    In 2005 Bliss launched its original Baby Charter. This was the first time the rights of a premature or sick baby had been clearly set down. The charter has now been comprehensively revised and includes seven standards which aim to set out how the Baby Charter can be made a reality on a neonatal unit.

To view or download this document, click here

BAPM Categories of Care 2011

BAPM originally drafted categories of care in 1996 and revised these in 2001, suggesting the factors which determined whether babies were deemed as intensive care, high dependency or special care. These have since been revised and updated to reflect changes in treatment and developments in neonatology over the past 10 years. Now including definitions for transitional care, these categories of care form the basis for Network as well as national reports.

To view or download this document, click here

  • BAPM Service Standards for Hospitals providing neonatal care (3rd Edition)

    The latest Standards from the British Association for Perinatal Medicine, these are an updated version of their 2001 Standards. These lay down and specify agreed Standards from clinicians involved in neonatal care and complement the DH Toolkit Document

To view and download this document, click here

  • BLISS Baby Report 2010 – “The Chance of a Lifetime”

    Released on 02/11/2010, this is the latest Annual Report from BLISS and is in response to the findings from their survey of all 177 NICU/SCBUs undertaken in June 2010. It details a series of recommendations including the need to improve staffing numbers and enhance the provision of accommodation for parents of babies cared for in neonatal units.

To view and download this document, click here

  • NICE Specialist Neonatal Care Quality Standards

    Published by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) in late 2010, these quality standards address care provided for babies in need of specialist neonatal services (neonatal special, high-dependency, intensive or surgical care), including transfer services. The quality measures accompanying the quality standards aim to improve the structure, process and health outcomes of specialist neonatal care.

To view and download this document, click here

  • EPICure 2 Study

Originally published in March 2014 in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), this important study by Marlow et al explores perinatal outcomes for extremely preterm babies in relation to their place of north in England. It evaluates the effect of place of birth and perinatal transfer on survival and morbidity within a chart of babies between 22 and 26 weeks gestation in England during 2006. The study has some very important conclusions and there are implications for neonatal care that need to be discussed and explored to agree actions, including alongside obstetrics and maternity with respect to antenatal care and delivery that influences outcomes.

To view and download this document, click here

  • Optimal Arrangements for Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the UK including guidance on their Medical Staffing: A Framework for Practice (June 2014)
Published by BAPM in mid 2014, this document makes a series of recommendations on the optimal size and activity levels of Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) in the UK. It suggests minimum staffing levels and standards for medical and nurse staffing and also the activity that NICUs should be achieving each year in terms of admissions of Very Low Birth Weight (VLBW - i.e. <1500g) babies and the number of days of respiratory support provided. 
To view and download this document, click here

Northern Neonatal Network 2015


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