Neonatal Standards

Psychology Staffing on the Neonatal Unit (Psychology Leads for the English ODNs)

About Neonatal Psychology

Clinical Psychologists and other accredited psychological professionals, with specialist expertise in neonatology, are key providers of evidence-based psychological assessment and interventions for parents, infants and staff on neonatal units. They work as part of an MDT, provide consultation to medical teams on complex cases and supervise other professionals delivering psychological interventions for parents and providing staff support. They can provide assessment and intervention in four important areas within neonatal units:

  1. Parental and family mental health
  2. Infant Mental Health
  3. Staff Support and Training
  4. Developing neonatal units as psychologically informed environments

Please see the staffing standards for more information on all of these areas.

Find out more about neonatal psychology


Professional Groups

The British Psychological Society have a faculty for Children, Young People and their Families and a Perinatal Psychology special interest group:

Faculty of Perinatal Psychology (BPS)


British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM) is registered in England & Wales under charity number 285357 at 5-11 Theobalds Road, London, WC1X 8SH.
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