This NICE quality standard defines clinical best practice within this topic area. It provides specific, concise quality statements, measures and audience descriptors to provide parents and the public, health and social care professionals, commissioners and service providers with definitions of high-quality care.

The quality standard addresses care provided for babies in need of specialist neonatal services including transfer services. Specialist neonatal services are those delivering special, high dependency, intensive or surgical care to babies.

This quality standard was previously called specialist neonatal care quality standard.