The Neonatal Survey (formerly Trent Neonatal Survey) was an ongoing study of neonatal intensive care activity. Data collection began in February 1990 in the former Trent Health Region (Leicestershire & Rutland, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire) and was subsequently extended to include South Humberside (from 1997) and Northamptonshire (from 2004).

Data provided by The Neonatal Survey included clinical information on the infants, measures of neonatal intensive care provision (e.g., intensive care use, length of stay, use of surfactant and steroids) and outcomes (e.g., survival, chronic lung disease, retinopathy of prematurity, neonatal encephalopathy).


The aims of the study were to:

  • Underpin clinical governance in relation to neonatal intensive care (NIC) services
  • Facilitate the planning of the future strategy and development of NIC services
  • Provide a research infrastructure for NIC
  • Provide education for professionals involved in NIC


The Neonatal Survey was one of The Infant Mortality and Morbidity Studies, and was funded by the East Midlands Specialised Commissioning Group and the North of England Specialised Commissioning Group.


The Neonatal Survey was led by Elaine Boyle and Elizabeth Draper.

Local research team

Elaine Boyle, Elizabeth Draper, Julie Faulkes, David Field, Bradley Manktelow, Martin Perkins

Neonatal research nurses

Hayley Abernethy, Salamiah Burgess, Bernadette Hargreaves, Claire Inglis, Gillian Mellors, Louise Moverley, Vanessa Routh, Maria Sharpe, Susan Thompson, Karen Wedgwood, Joy Yates


Sam Oddie (Bradford Royal Infirmary)

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