TNS -- The Neonatal Survey

TNS logoBackground

The Neonatal Survey (formerly Trent Neonatal Survey) was an ongoing study of neonatal intensive care activity. Data collection began in February 1990 in the former Trent Health Region (Leicestershire & Rutland, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire) and was subsequently extended to include South Humberside (from 1997) and Northamptonshire (from 2004).

Data provided by The Neonatal Survey included clinical information on the infants, measures of neonatal intensive care provision (e.g., intensive care use, length of stay, use of surfactant and steroids) and outcomes (e.g., survival, chronic lung disease, retinopathy of prematurity, neonatal encephalopathy).


The aims of the study were to:

  • underpin clinical governance in relation to neonatal intensive care (NIC) services
  • facilitate the planning of the future strategy and development of NIC services
  • provide a research infrastructure for NIC
  • provide education for professionals involved in NIC


The Neonatal Survey was one of The Infant Mortality and Morbidity Studies, and was funded by the East Midlands Specialised Commissioning Group and the North of England Specialised Commissioning Group.


The Neonatal Survey was led by Elaine Boyle and Elizabeth Draper.

Local research team

Elaine Boyle, Elizabeth Draper, Julie Faulkes, David Field, Bradley Manktelow, Martin Perkins

Neonatal research nurses

Hayley Abernethy, Salamiah Burgess, Bernadette Hargreaves, Claire Inglis, Gillian Mellors, Louise Moverley, Vanessa Routh, Maria Sharpe, Susan Thompson, Karen Wedgwood, Joy Yates


Sam Oddie (Bradford Royal Infirmary)


The Neonatal Survey Report 2014

Welcome to The Neonatal Survey Report for 2014. This report provides perinatal data relating to an area made up of the East Midlands and Yorkshire health regions. For those units in the original Trent Region this is the 21st TNS report and 2014 was our 25th year of data collection. For Northamptonshire units this report contains information based on eleven years of data collection. For Yorkshire units, data collection began in June 2004, so ten full years of data are available.

Adobe Acrobat (PDF) The Neonatal Survey Report 2014 (Updated) (PDF, 9.39 MB) [January 2016]

Previous Reports

Adobe Acrobat (PDF) The Neonatal Survey Report 2013 (PDF, 3.4 MB) [October 2014]

Adobe Acrobat (PDF) The Neonatal Survey Report 2012 (PDF, 5.9 MB) [September 2013]

Adobe Acrobat (PDF) The Neonatal Survey Report 2011 (PDF, 3.47 MB) [September 2012]

Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Supplement to The Neonatal Survey Report 2010: CNN West Midlands (PDF, 2.64 MB) [May 2012]

Adobe Acrobat (PDF) The Neonatal Survey Report 2010 (PDF, 3.33 MB) [September 2011]

Adobe Acrobat (PDF) The Neonatal Survey Report 2009 (PDF, 3.2 MB) [August 2010]

Adobe Acrobat (PDF) The Neonatal Survey Report 2008 (PDF, 2.74 MB) [September 2009]

Adobe Acrobat (PDF) The Neonatal Survey Report 2007 (PDF, 2.7 MB) [September 2008]

In addition to an annual report, data from The Neonatal Survey was used in clinical research projects as well as to explore variations in outcomes and practice between units and districts and to generate hypotheses for further research.

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