Maternity and neonatal services - neonatal intensive care plan: options appraisal

This report describes the options appraisal process undertaken, and the feasibility analysis and testing to identify which out of Scotland’s current eight neonatal intensive care Units should be the final three Units as proposed by Best Start.


1. The Perinatal Sub Group reports to the Implementation Programme Board (IPB) of The Best Start, chaired by Jane Grant as appointed by Scottish Ministers. This Board also serves as the Scottish Perinatal Network Oversight Board.

Membership (2022)

Chairs: Jim Crombie, Deputy Chief Executive, NHS Lothian & Andrew Murray, Medical Director NHS Forth Valley


  • Alison Wright, Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, NHS Tayside, Chair of Scottish Neonatal Nurses Group;
  • Tara Fairley, Clinical Lead, National Maternity Network;
  • Caroline Lee-Davey, Chief Executive, Bliss;
  • Lesley Jackson, Clinical Lead, National Neonatal Network;
  • Carsten Mandt, Scottish Perinatal Network Programme Manager;
  • Allan Jackson, Clinical Lead, ScotSTAR Neonatal;
  • Colin Peters, Clinical DirectorNHS GGC Neonatal Services ;
  • Corinne Love, Senior Medical Officer Maternity & Woman’s Health, Scottish Government/NHS Lothian;
  • Shetty Bhushan, Lead clinician and neonatologist NHS Tayside & Scottish Neonatal Consultants Forum;
  • Kenny Mitchell, Scottish Ambulance Service;
  • Eddie Doyle, Professional Advisor Paediatrics, Scottish Government/NHS Lothian;
  • Dr Mary Ross-Davie, Director of Midwifery , NHS GGC;
  • Professor Ben Stenson, Neonatal Consultant, NHS Lothian;
  • Philine Van Der Heide, Consultant Paediatrician/ Neonatologist, NHS Highland.



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