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OPTI-PREM - Improving Neonatal Service Delivery


Optimising neonatal service provision for preterm babies born between 27 and 31 weeks of gestation in England, using national data, qualitative research and economic analysis.

Baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

picture used with kind permission from the parents


Now Recruiting Parents

As part of this project we want to learn more about the experiences of parents so that we can make sure that these are included. You’re eligible for this study if you had a baby born between 27 and 31 weeks of gestation who received neonatal care during the last 12 months. For more information, please download our information sheet (PDF, 970Kb).

Project Overview

The overarching aim of the project is to improve neonatal service delivery for babies born between 27 and 31 weeks of gestation in England, by providing evidence-based data for the development of national policy, on the optimal place of care for such  babies.

This study is supported by the neonatal advisory body within the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM), the Neonatal Clinical Reference Group (CRG) and Bliss the leading UK charity for babies born premature or sick.

A collaborating LNU panel, comprising local neonatal team members, and a study steering committee will be established to guide the project.

The study outcomes will be used to produce national recommendations, which will be used to guide the commissioning and delivery of future neonatal health services in England.

This study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research, Health Services and Delivery Research Stream, Project number 15/70/104

RWT Sponsor Protocol number: 2016NEO87

The Research is registered on the Clinicaltrials.gov database - NCT02994849

Research Ethics approval - IRAS Reference No 212034

ISRCTN registry ID -  ISRCTN74230187

Opti-Prem Project Summary (PDF, 127Kb)

CRN Recruits

Individual Trusts are able to claim CRN accruals from the period August 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018. The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust will do this for individual Trusts: see supporting information below.

OptiPrem letter to UKNC for CRN recruits

OptiPrem Opt-out form

OptiPrem CRN recruit algorithm

OptiPrem CRN recruit form 

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