National Neonatal Audit Programme Annual Report 2018 - on 2017 data

This report highlights the key findings and recommendations from the analysis of the data provided by neonatal units on the admissions of babies for neonatal care in England, Scotland and Wales in 2017.

Around 750,000 babies are born each year in England, Scotland and Wales, and of these nearly 105,000 or around one in seven, will require specialist neonatal care. The National Neonatal Audit Programme (NNAP) uses routinely collected data to support quality improvement in neonatal units of all types.

The report highlights key achievements in neonatal care this year; more very preterm babies are being admitted to neonatal units with a normal temperature and rates of magnesium sulphate administration to mothers at risk of very preterm birth have increased notably.

However, there are clear opportunities for units and networks to use their NNAP data as a driver for quality improvement activities. 

In addition to our existing audit measures, in 2017 the NNAP reported on new measures focussed on parental partnership in care; looking at minimising separation of mother and baby, and the presence of parents on consultant ward rounds. We hope that these measures will support neonatal units to achieve a partnership with parents in providing care. This year we also describe how many of the least mature babies are delivered in units best suited to care for them. Our final new measure describes, for the first time, how many babies develop necrotising enterocolitis.

You can download the executive summary and annual report below.

Your baby’s care

Your baby’s care is a guide for parents and carers to the NNAP 2018 Annual report on 2017 data. A Welsh language edition of this guide is available.

NNAP Online

NNAP Online is the audit’s interactive reporting tool. It can be used to compare performance at a unit, network and national level; supporting neonatal units and networks to share best practice and stimulate quality improvement activities.