Table 2

 Roles for neonatal networks

• Delivering the contract with the pregnant woman
‐ Coordination of care within known group of hospitals
‐ Information collection and collation
‐ Maintenance of local services
‐ Ensuring equality of access
‐ Delivering the appropriate services in the right place, as close to home as feasible
• Clinical governance
‐ Guidelines
‐ Audit
‐ Education
‐ Training
• Improving outcomes
‐ Maintaining and improving quality standards
‐ Providing advice on service redesign
‐ Developing care pathways
‐ Benchmarking
• Commissioning roles
‐ Setting standards
‐ Monitoring outcomes
‐ Agreeing strategy
‐ Supporting investment