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S5W-12122: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 23 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what the remit is of the Neonatal Managed Clinical Network; who its members are, and how often  it meets.

Answered by: Shona Robison 1 November 2017

In Scotland there are three regional Neonatal Managed Clinical Networks (MCNs), for the West of Scotland (WoS), South East and Tayside (SEAT) and North of Scotland (NoS). The MCNs aim to hold meetings quarterly however this will vary depending on business need.

The aims of the networks are:

  • To support the delivery of high quality neonatal care for all their residents

  • To ensure that mothers and babies are treated in the right hospital at the right time and by the right staff with the appropriate skills.

  • To agree a model of care based on core values where provision of care should be provided as close to home as possible, minimising transport where possible but accepting that some babies may require transfer for intensive care services

  • Agree pathways of care and clinical guidelines

  • To provide high quality services by addressing key issues such as data collection, capacity, workforce, education and training of staff

  • To audit activity and outcomes of neonatal services both across the network and against national statements within Neonatal Care in Scotland: A Quality Framework, published in March 2013 (see link on page)

  • To consult with and collaborate with users of the service to enhance the services and their experiences

  • Each neonatal MCN to work inter-regionally

The North of Scotland region MCN includes the following Boards:

  • Highland

  • Grampian,

  • Orkney,

  • Shetland,

The West of Scotland region MCN includes the following Boards:

  • Ayrshire & Arran,

  • Dumfries & Galloway,

  • Forth Valley,

  • Greater Glasgow & Clyde,

  • Lanarkshire, and

  • Western Isles.

South East and Tayside region MCN includes the following Boards:

  • Lothian,

  • Tayside,

  • Fife,

  • Borders

Following recommendations in The Best Start, work is underway to facilitate the transition from three regional MCNs to one national MCN.