Education and Training

Neonatal Education training & Study Days

The Northern Neonatal network has a long history of providing high quality education. This was the region where the nationally delivered NLS course originated .

Every year we provide both regular and ad hoc events and are open to tailoring and setting up educational events to the needs of the staff in the region.

Key teaching events

The network stabilisation course

This was started over 6 years ago by Dr Steve Byrne, the previous clinical lead of the Northern Neonatal Network, with the idea of providing training in stabilisation and management of infants in the DGH setting while awaiting transfer to one of the tertiary centres.

In subsequent years it has evolved to take advantage of high fidelity neonatal simulation equipment and clinical learning tools to aid development of the practical skills required in this group of infants. It is taught local to the centres referring into NNETS and allows for local teams to practice together with equipment that is familiar to them. The course runs in a one day format with a mix of lectures, interactive workshops and simulation offered. It covers four core areas


Gateshead/South Tyneside

Durham & Darlington

North Cumbria

Though the course has a set format the network is always open to making adaptions to suit the needs of local units and this can be done via Richard Hearn.

Case reviews

Since 2016 we have been offering to facilitate local review of cases with medical staff from the level 3 centres. This has generally been cases which have required retrieval from the DGH setting but could include cases where an organisation felt external input would be beneficial. This has been a useful learning experience from both sides and continues to be offered on request.

Nurse training days

The network supports, free to candidates.

Foundation training in Neonates (Pre-QIS)

Respiratory Study day (Part of QIS)

Family centred and Developmental care study day (Part of QIS)

Ad Hoc training days

Over the past few years we have offered Simulation training days, a nutritional study day, research study days, palliative care study days to name but a few events. If you have an idea for an educational event please contact the network team to discuss and we will endeavour to support the education our staff need and want.

Forthcoming Study Days and Conference

The following study days are Network-organised or co-sponsored. More details can be found by clicking on the links supplied;

Regional Patient Safety Event – Tuesday 22nd May 2018 (The Durham Centre, Belmont, Durham, DH1 1TN)

This is a 1-day workshop in partnership with the Academic Health Science Network NENC, Patient Safety Collaborative NENC and the North East Maternity Network.

It will focus on the national Maternal & Neonatal Health & Safety Collaborative (MNHSC) programme and the work of the Wave one North Tees Team and help prepare the Waves 2 and 3 Trusts to prepare and draft their own improvement programmes.

For more information and details on important event, click here and to register, please click here.

9th Network Annual Conference – Thursday 20th September 2018 (The Durham Centre, Belmont, Durham, DH1 1TN)

Our flagship annual event now in its 9th year and once again being held at the Durham Centre. As always, we will again be combining a mix of local and national speakers of current topics of interest within neonatology and neonatal care as well as a presentation from the 2017 Sam Richmond Scholarship winners (TBA). Places are free but limited and can be booked once the programme has been finalised and announced.

The following study days and conferences are not Network hosted or sponsored but are of specific interest to professionals involved with or that have an interest in neonatal care. They include national conferences, seminars and courses. Details can be found by clicking any links supplied;

NeoNATE Neonatal Neurology Course; 19-20th April 2018 (Sheffield)

The British Paediatric Neurology Association with Consultant Neonatologist colleagues have developed a new course: “Neonatal Neurology Assessment and Treatment Education” (NeoNATE). This is a 2-day practical course for anyone who looks after neonates and is limited to 36 places and there will be a variety of educational formats including lectures and small group workshops. The NeoNATE course is a good introduction to neurological assessment and condition in neonates.  It covers a wide range of conditions, as well as HIE and pre term birth, to help clinicians manage difficult cases and puzzles on the ground.

For more information, please click here.

BPD Masterclass; 1st May 2018 (Leeds)

Abbvie are organising a study day in Leeds focussing on BPD. Topics to be presented and discussed include Management of BPD, Use of Low Dose Steroids and Pulmonary Hypertension.

For more information, please click here.

Luton NeoCon (2nd Neonatal Neurology Conference; 17-18th May 2018 (Luton)

This is a 2-day conference, now in its second year and focusses on issues concerning neonatal neurology. The programme for this year includes presentations on neonatal stroke, HIE, and new advances in the diagnosis and treatment of seizures in neonates.

For more information, please click here.

North East Mini Embrace 2018; 6th June 2018 (The Work Place, Heighington Lane, Aycliffe Business Park, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6AH)

This is a 1-day conference/meeting that is aiming to offer RSV clinic nursing teams the opportunity to benefit from sharing experience and expertise in running of the RSV Immunisation service, discussing the current issues within RSV patient care across the UK for both BPD & CHD patients.

This open and interactive meeting will comprise of presentations and workshops including case study discussions.

For more information, please click here to see the programme, or here for details on how to register.

26th International Neonatal Conference & Advanced Ventilation Workshop; 7-9th June 2018 (Middlesbrough)

One of the longest-established neonatal conferences in the world and now in its 26th year, this is a very popular event focussing on various current issues of interest in the field. The programme for this year includes Neonatal resuscitation and delivery room management, Neonatal Nutrition, Neonatal Cardiology, Neonatal Neurology and Neuroprotection and Education & Training in Neonatology.

For more information, please click here or click here for the flyer.

5th Annual N3 Neonatal Nutrition Network Study Day; 14th June 2018 (London)

This very successful multi-professional study day will continue to explore a range of topics related to the nutritional needs of premature and sick babies.

Following talks from expert speakers (including our own Drs Nick Embleton & Janet Berrington), participants will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge to a range of case studies in small multi-professional groups via workshops.

For more information, please click here or click here for the flyer.

Annual REASON Conference; 1st-3rd July 2018 (University of Warwick)

This very popular international neonatal conference features a wealth of speakers on a very wide range of topics of interest within the field. Confirmed speakers include our own Lynne Paterson (Network Nurse Lead), Dr Nick Embleton (Consultant Neonatologist, RVI) and George Brooks (Nurse Consultant/ANNP, Cramlington).

For more information, please click here.


The Network is also occasionally able to sponsor some places for Network staff on study days/conferences.

For more details, please see any flyers and then contact Lisa Purves (Network Admin) on or on 0191 541 0139