Neonatal Medicine

A neonatologist is a doctor who provides comprehensive care to the critically ill infant on the neonatal intensive care unit whilst ensuring the care of well term infants on the postnatal ward.

 What makes a Neonatologist?

The spectrum of clinical conditions and care required is vast - from the term baby with feeding issues on the postnatal ward to the sick, fragile, extremely preterm baby with multiple problems.

Neonatologists often face difficult discussions with families in the antenatal and postnatal environment with counselling about care, management, prognostication and potentially palliative care. Ethical and medicolegal knowledge and its application is central to many of these discussions.

While providing team leadership and clinical and skill training, the neonatologist is also expected to be able to perform challenging technical procedures. Long term follow up until two years of age with developmental screening is provided in this role and it is the combination of intensive care skills, ethical and emotional support and clinic follow up that make this a unique speciality.

Curriculum and documents

How to Use the Curriculum - Guide for Neonatal GRID Trainees (PDF, 16.8KB, 2 pages) 

Aligned Neonatal Framework for Level 3 Grid Training (MS, 40.1KB, 22 pages)

Neonatal Medicine Guidance Checklist  (MS Doc, 146KB, 5 pages)

Neonatal CSAC Rules (MS Doc, 31 KB, 2 pages)

Neonatal Medicine Further Assessment Guidance (PDF, 215KB, 3 pages)

Development Advice for National Grid Neonatal Trainees (PDF, 244KB, 3 pages)

Neonatal Medicine Curriculum (PDF, 1.77MB, 170 pages)

CSAC process for 2018

We have been working with the Heads of Schools from around the UK to progress with the yearly CSAC progression form with the aim of achieving some external review for trainees.

After the exercise in 2017 and trainee and Schools feedback, the 2018 process will focus on local supervisor curriculum assessment to encourage more formal progress review. This will be followed by remote CSAC panel review. Videoconference or teleconference discussion with the trainee will be conducted at this time to avoid long distance travel.

For further guidance, please review our guide

Neonatal ARCP guide for trainees and trainers 2018 (PDF, 95KB, 3 pages)

If you have any questions, please approach the Head of School or Neonatal Grid coordinator in your local region first, then Dr Bustani ( if no response.

CSAC progression form

The Neonatal medicine CSAC progression form is now live on the RCPCH ePortfolio (Kaizen). If any assessors or reviewers do not have access to the form, please contact and we will enable the connection.

In order to use both the form and review the trainee's ePortfolio at the same time, all web browsers enable you to split your screen and see two windows along side each other. To do this, right click any of the top menu options and select 'Open link in new window'.

The CSAC progression form is available on the ePortfolio for the CSAC reviewer - it is not accessible to trainees. In the event the ePortfolio form cannot be retrieved, the paper form can be downloaded, completed and uploaded to a trainee's document library in the ePortfolio CSAC Progression Form - April 2016 (MS Doc, 249KB, 5 pages)


Neonatal Medicine Unit Questionnaire (MS Doc, 227KB, 4 pages)

Neonatal Medicine Trainee Questionnaire (MS Doc, 215KB, 4 pages)

CSAC membership

Role Name Email address


Dr Cath Harrison
Quality Advisor Dr Paul Mannix

Subspecialty Training Advisor

 Dr Morag Campbell 

Subspecialty Training Advisor

Dr Grenville Fox

Assessment Advisor

Dr Porus Bustani

Trainee Representative

Dr Nicola Holme
SPIN Lead Dr Vincent Kirkbride

Related links

British Association Perinatal Medicine

Bliss for Premature and Special Care Babies