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Perinatal Services

Role of the group

This group will be asked to deliver The Best Start recommendations relating to perinatal care which will focus care for the most complex mothers and babies and develop standardised pathways and structures for care.

To deliver this aim, the sub-group will be tasked with:

  • making a recommendation for moving to five and ultimately three Neonatal Intensive Care Units in Scotland and recommendations for locations of specialist maternity care
  • developing a national framework for standards for timely medical care out with a maternity setting
  • developing a national framework for practice with pathways for newborn care and referral
  • developing a national neonatal transfer risk assessment tool, cot locator system, and a cot availability protocol
  • developing a neonatal transfer staffing model



  • Heather Knox, Chief Operating Officer
  • Rod Harvey, Medical Director


  • Edile Murdoch, Neonatologist
  • Alison Wright, Chair of Scottish Neonatal Nurses Group
  • Tara Fairley, Obstetrician.
  • Caroline Lee Davey, Chief Executive Bliss
  • Lesley Jackson, Neonatologist;
  • Fiona Tait, Network Manager, West of Scotland Neonatal MCN, shared apt. with Cathy Grieve, Network Manager, North of Scotland MCN,
  • Alan Jackson, Scottish Ambulance Service
  • Una MacFadyen, Consultant Paediatrician
  • Morag Campbell, Clinical Director
  • Alan Cameron Consultant Obstetrician
  • Sarah Cooper, Consultant Obstetrician
  • Jenny Boyd, Consultant Obstetrician
  • Shetty Bushan, Lead clinician and neonatologist
  • Lyn Clyde, Head of Midwifery
  • Liz McGrady, Anaesthetist
  • Paul Bassett, Scottish Ambulance Service