Neonatal Safety Champions to be Appointed

12 February 2019

The 2017 neonatal critical care transformation review made recommendations to support the delivery of high quality, safe, sustainable and equitable models of neonatal care across England that are currently being implemented. NHS England has accepted the review recommendation to develop perinatal safety champions at Board level, thereby expanding the role of the Board level maternity safety champion.  

As lead for the neonatal review, Neil Marlow, together with Matthew Jolly and Jacquie Dunkley-Bent, national maternity safety champions, have written to all board level maternity safety champions, asking  them to work with their clinical director of neonatal services (or equivalent) to appoint a neonatal safety champion. This role includes championing the care of the newborn and therefore the neonatal service while providing local leadership for implementing the recommendations of the review. This additional appointment to the trust’s safety champion team emphasises NHS England’s commitment to improving perinatal outcomes. 

NHS Improvement will maintain a data base of safety champions as part of their support for these roles. Board and neonatal safety champions are asked to inform the NHS Improvement team at of the names and contact details of every neonatal safety champion while also informing the chairs of the Local Maternity System, Clinical Network and Neonatal Operational Delivery Network leads providing details of the safety champion team. 

We are working towards having identified a named neonatal safety champion in every trust by the 31st March this year in order to optimise involvement in ODN, LMS and national events and planning. 

For further information please contact Michele Upton at