Neonatal Trainee-led Research and Improvement Projects

Inspiring change to neonatal care on a larger scale

Photo credit: Dan Cromb,

Who are we?

NeoTRIPs is national neonatal study group, which aims to improve neonatal clinical care through large scale quality improvement projects.

The team is led by Cheryl Battersby (Consultant Neonatologist) and the other committee members include Devangi Thakkar, Amit Verma, Aarti Verma, Sophia Teoh and Jessica Kimpton. Each project also receives input from a consultant with specialist interest in that area and a project specific trainee lead. Our central committee oversees multiple local hospital teams composed of a local consultant neonatologist, local trainee lead and other paediatric trainees. Together we comprise a dedicated and passionate team spanning multiple regions across the UK.

Establishing a network of trainees passionate about neonatal care

What we do

Every 12 months we ask an important clinical question regarding neonatal care. Our central team creates a study protocol and cascades it to all the satellite hospitals. Each local team collects standardised data and feeds it back centrally for analysis. The data is then written up for presentation and publication. Authorship includes all individuals in the NeoTRIPs study group.

Equipping trainees with the skills and confidence to improve to clinical practice locally


2019: Management of early onset sepsis in neonates on the postnatal ward

2020current: Pan-London early-onset sepsis observational study

This is a regional, prospective, observational study evaluating the number of ‘missed cases’ of neonatal early onset sepsis when following NICE CG149 guidelines vs the Kaiser Permanente Sepsis Risk Calculator (SRC). This study is conducted across 26 London neonatal units in collaboration with the London Operational Delivery Network and our pan-London NeoTRIPs trainee network.

Future: Management of neonatal hypoglycaemia on the postnatal ward

Publications and Presentations

Presentations 2019

  • 16.7.19: KSS Study Day, Implementing a Trainee Research Network
  • 17.9.19: Homerton study day
  • 20.9.19: London Neonatal ODN
  • 2.10.19: North-West London Network Meeting
  • 11.10.19: GGKT Meeting
  • 23.10.19: Neonatal Research Evening
  • 20.11.19: North West London Maternity Transformation Programme
  • 9.12.19: North Central London Local Maternity System

Hospitals & People involved

  • Barnet: Jonathan Elliot, Sarah Crew, Alex Morton, Laila Hamidi, Karen Job
  • Queen Charlotte’s: Louis Yee, Ka Yu Yung, Jeanne Uhiriwe, Ana Serrano-Llop, Sorana Galu, Sunit Godambe
  • St Mary’s:  Chantal Hathaway, Emma Schofield, Sorana Galu, Sunit Godambe
  • Chelsea and Westminster: Emily Prior, James Cooper, Liyan Chow
  • West Middlesex: Andrew Chapman, Catherine O’Sullivan, Upama Banerjee, Anne Davies, Eleanor Hulse, James Webb
  • Hillingdon: Thushara Perumal, Rebecca Gaunt, Tristan Bate, Elizabeth Lek
  • Northwick Park: Madeline Barnett, Malaz Elsaddig, Richard Nicholl
  • Croydon: Akrum Elhussein, Joselyn Morris
  • St Helier’s: Jessica Kimpton, Joy Eribo, Rose Cherian, Salim Yasin
  • St Thomas’s: Claire Caldwell, Geraint Lee, Chinthika Piyasena
  • Kingston: Justinas Teiserskas, Andrea Beaton
  • Lewisham: Heather Reid, Igor Fierens
  • Queen Elizabeth: Lucy Webster, Siddharth Paliwal
  • Homerton: Akif barlas, Apoorva Aiyengar, Christie Nobel, Narendra Aladangady

Project specific leads:

  • Management of onset sepsis in neonates on the postnatal ward: consultant lead – Dr Chinthika Piyasena (Consultant Neonatologist at St Thomas’s Hospital), trainee lead – Devangi Thakkar
  • Management of neonatal hypoglycaemia on the postnatal ward: consultant lead – Dr Kathy Beardsall (University Lecturer at University of Cambridge and Consultant Neonatologist at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust), trainee leads – Alison Mintoft and Jessica Kimpton, support with protocol design – Emily Prior

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about the work or would like to get involved, email us at:

Central consultant lead: Cheryl Battersby – Consultant Neonatologist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and Senior Lecturer at Imperial College

Central committee: Devangi Thakkar (ST8), Aarti Verma (ST8), Amit Verma (ST8), Sophia Teoh (Consultant Neonatologist, King’s College Hospital), Jessica Kimpton (ST5)

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