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Neonatal services specialise in the care of babies born early, with low weight or who have a medical condition that requires treatment.

Nationally, neonatal services have struggled to meet the Toolkit for High Quality Neonatal Services (DOH 2009) and The British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM 2010) national standards in nurse staffing. There are also widespread challenges around the recruitment of junior medical staff and ineficient use of capacity.

In Cheshire and Merseyside we are exploring way to provide safer, more effective and more efficient neonatal care.