Dr Sarah E Seaton

Lecturer in Perinatal and Paediatric Research

School/Department: Population Health Sciences, Department of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 5434



I am a perinatal and paediatric researcher in The Infant Mortality and Morbidity Studies group. I am funded by the National Institute for Health Research via an Advanced Fellowship which aims to investigate the transition from neonatal to paediatric care. Prior to my fellowship I worked on the DEPICT Study investigating the impact of the paediatric transport on critically ill children.


Following birth around one in seven babies require admission to specialist neonatal care. Reasons for admissions are varied and include: extreme prematurity; jaundice and infection. Lengths of stay in neonatal care are varied with some babies only requiring a few hours whilst others may need several months. Survival of babies admitted for neonatal care has improved in recent years. After discharge from neonatal care if a child requires specialist critical care again this will be received in a paediatric intensive care unit (PICU). The number of admissions to PICU has been increasing in recent years. We do not know how many children who were admitted for neonatal care are also admitted to PICU. Currently I am researching what happens to children who needed neonatal care in the first two years of their life. Currently I receive funding from the National Institute for Health Research.


Ramnarayan P, Evans R, Draper ES, Seaton SE, Wray J, Morris S, Pagel C. Differences in access to Emergency Paediatric Intensive Care and care during Transport (DEPICT): study protocol for a mixed methods study. BMJ Open. 2019;9(7):e028000

King M, Ramnarayan P, Seaton SE, Pagel C. Modelling the allocation of paediatric intensive care retrieval teams in England and Wales. Archives of Disease in Childhood. 2019:archdischild-2018-316056.

Pillay T, Modi N, Rivero-Arias O, Manktelow B, Seaton SE, Armstrong N, Draper ES, Dawson K, Paton A, Ismail AQT, Yang M, Boyle EM. Optimising neonatal service provision for preterm babies born between 27 and 31 weeks gestation in England (OPTI-PREM), using national data, qualitative research and economic analysis: a study protocol. BMJ Open. 2019;9(8):e029421

Seaton SE, Barker L, Draper ES, Abrams KR, Modi N, Manktelow BN. Estimating neonatal length of stay for babies born very preterm. Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal Edition 2019; 104; F182-F186.

Norris T, Seaton SE, Manktelow BN, Baker P, Kurinczuk JJ, Field DJ, Draper ES, Smith LK, on behalf of the MBRRACE-UK Collaboration. Updated birthweight centiles for England and Wales. Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal Edition 2018; 103(6): F577-F582.

Seaton SE, Barker L, Draper ES, Abrams KR, Modi N, Manktelow BN. Modelling neonatal care pathways for babies born preterm: an application of multistate modelling. PLOS ONE 2016; 11(10): e0165202.

Seaton SE, Barker L, Jenkins D, Draper ES, Abrams KR, Manktelow BN. What factors predict length of stay in a neonatal unit: a systematic review. BMJ Open 2016; 6(10)

Seaton SE, Barker L. Modelling neonatal care pathways: investigating length of stay for preterm infants. Infant 2016; 12(3): 87-90.

Field D, Boyle E, Draper E, Evans A, Johnson S, Khan K, Manktelow B, Marlow N, Petrou S, Pritchard C, Seaton S, Smith L. Towards reducing variations in infant mortality and morbidity: a population based approach. Programme Grants for Applied Research 2016:4(1).

Boyle EM, Johnson S, Manktelow B, Seaton SE, Draper ES, Smith LK, Dorling J, Marlow N, Petrou S, Field DJ. Neonatal outcomes and delivery of care for infants born late preterm or moderately preterm: A prospective population-based study. Archives of Disease in Childhood Fetal & Neonatal Edition, 2015; 100(6): F479-85.


Broadly I am willing to discuss PhD supervision in the area of perinatal, neonatal and paediatric epidemiology. My interests include but are not limited to the transition between services; care in the community; the impact of preterm birth and the experiences of using transport services.


I supervise MSc projects on the MSc Medical Statistics and the MSc Quality and Safety in Healthcare degrees.

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