About SPSP Neonatal Care 

SPSP Neonatal Care aims to improve outcomes and reduce inequalities in outcomes by providing a safe, high quality care experience for all infants and families across neonatal care settings in Scotland.

SPSP Neonatal Care is currently focusing on:

  • reducing neonatal mortality
  • perinatal optimisation and outcomes for preterm babies through the preterm perinatal wellbeing package (PPWP)
  • reducing term admissions and avoidable separation of mothers and babies during postnatal care, and 
  • highlighting and embedding the Essentials of Safe Care (EoSC) in neonatal care.


Examples of SPSP Neonatal Care quality improvement (QI) interventions

There are numerous examples of neonatal care settings in Scotland that have used data to improve quality of care in neonatal services. They include:

Term admissions 

  • NHS Borders – 40% reduction since May 2020
  • NHS Grampian – 30% reduction since August 2020
  • NHS Lanarkshire – 62% reduction since February 2018
  • NHS Tayside – 42% reduction since October 2017

Admission hypothermia

  • NHS Forth Valley – 64% reduction since April 2018
  • NHS Grampian – 70% reduction since August 2018
  • NHS Lanarkshire – 87% reduction since June 2017


Resources to implement SPSP Neonatal Care QI interventions

Key resources that can help neonatal care services use QI to improve quality of care.

Perinatal optimisation



  • PPWP resources - a group of multidisciplinary interventions clinically proven to reduce
    morbidity and mortality, resulting in significantly improved outcomes for preterm babies.
  • PPWP handy guide
  • PPWP poster - produced in 2019 by Dr Lynsey Still and Dr Emma Edwards for @PRM_NEO team in partnership with SPSP Neonatal Care. For use in antenatal clinics and wards, labour wards, and neonatal units.

Admission hypothermia

Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD)

Essentials of Safe Care (EoSC)

  • Flash report - EoSC MCQIC workshop, Creating the conditions for safe neonatal care, 2 August 2022


Get in touch 

Engagement and close working within our perinatal communities are essential for MCQIC to drive successful QI across maternity and neonates. Email us at his.mcqic@nhs.scot if you have a question about the SPSP Neonatal Care or would like to speak to a team member about how we support the use of QI interventions to improve outcomes for women, babies, children, and families in Scotland.