• Safe & Effective
  • Kind & Caring
  • Exceeding Expectation


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Health Research Authority approval (19 April 2017)

This project has received Health Research Authority [HRA] approval : IRAS number 212034; REC 17/NE/0080.

Please find linked below the Approval and Favourable opinion letters. Please note that individual Trusts do not have to confirm Capability and Capacity.

Click here to download a copy of the HRA letter

17-NE-0800 Favourable Opinion PR 17.03/17 

All local and intensive care neonatal units in England have been invited to participate in this project (with the option of opting out); see Letter to Neonatal units.

All amendments are registered with the HRA and Sponsor’s Research and Development Team

Presentations to Date
  1. Optimal place of care for preterm babies: Preliminary findings of a qualitative study of parent and clinicians’ experiences of neonatal transfer in England 17th Biennial Conference European Society for Health and Medical Sociology, Lisbon, June 2018

  2. Regional variation in neonatal care costs of preterm babies born between 27-31 weeks of gestation across English NHS hospitals. International Health Economics Association Conference, June 2019

  3. Optimising neonatal service provision for preterm babies born between 27 and 31 weeks of gestation (OPTI-PREM) using national data, qualitative research and economic analysis: a study protocol. Health Systems Research UK, Manchester March 2019

    For a copy of the abstract, please contact the Chief Investigator
Progress Reports

A progress report goes out to all UKNC leads. Our next report in due in April 2019.

Opti-Prem Progress Report July 2018

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