Scottish Perinatal Network

The National Maternity Network (NMN) and National Neonatal Network (NNN) are governed together as the Scottish Perinatal Network (SPN).

Together, the Networks encourage collaboration across maternity and neonatal care services and support the best possible outcomes for mothers, babies and families.

Our Background

The NMN and NNN are managed by NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) on behalf of the Scottish Government and the 14 local NHS Boards in Scotland to support implementation of The Best Start and to encourage collaboration across maternity and neonatal care services to deliver the best possible outcomes for mothers, babies and families.

Published by the Scottish Government in January 2017, The Best Start details a five-year forward plan for the improvement of maternity and neonatal (perinatal) services in Scotland.

You can find The Best Start plan: here


Meet the SPN Senior Team

The SPN is led by Kate Burley, Programme Associate Director, Strategic Networks, and Carsten Mandt, Senior Programme Manager, SPN.


Kate Burley has an NHS background spanning more than 38 years.  Her clinical background is in Emergency Care as both a long serving Paramedic/Emergency Care Practitioner and as a Tutor/Trainer, with experience within emergency care settings in other countries including North America. More recently, Kate has concentrated on senior ambulance service management where she specialised in National Service Frameworks for coronary heart disease, external relationship building and national event management for the Ambulance Service Association and for the Executive Assistant to the CEO.

Kate has worked as director of many Clinical Networks over a period of fifteen years including: Cardiac, Stroke, Cancer, Maternity, Neonatal and Paediatrics. Extra responsibilities came in the form of a ‘Citizen Senate’s; Patient Voice and Insights’ programme which was an area of particular interest.

Kate has been a member of national external reference groups; including the Department of Health National Emergency Cardiac Board and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) National Stroke Advisory Board, contributing to the document “Supporting Life after Stroke”

In July 2016 Kate had the pleasure of being appointed as ‘Head of ScotSTAR’ (Scottish Neonatal Transport and Retrieval Service) within The Scottish Ambulance Service and, since June 2017, has held the position of ‘Associate Director for The Scottish Trauma Network (STN) working within the National Specialist and Screening Services Directorate (NSD) of NSS.

She has since led development and delivery of National Strategic Networks for Scotland, based on her successful and recognised exemplar ‘STN’ model, including the Strategic Neonatal, Maternity, Fertility, Police Care, Prison Care and Care of Veterans Networks.


As an Information and Library Studies graduate, Carsten Mandt started his career in NHS Scotland in 2002 as an Information Officer with the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN), supporting the development of national evidence based guidelines. He then joined NHS Greater Glasgow in 2003 to provide a Clinical Librarian service to primary care and mental health services.

After moving into more project management focussed roles, Carsten took on the management of the Diabetes Managed Clinical Network in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde in 2010.  Building on his experience in managing a large local clinical network, Carsten joined NSS in 2015 where he has worked in Programme Manager and Senior Programme Manager roles with responsibility for commissioning and managing diverse portfolios of national networks. Carsten is excited to now have the opportunity to support the development of the National Neonatal and Maternity Strategic Networks, working together as the Scottish Perinatal Network, and he is looking forward to helping the networks play a key role in the continued improvement of maternity and neonatal care in Scotland.


Find out more about the NMN and NNN teams.

NHS National Services Scotland Strategic Networks

The Scottish Perinatal Network is one of five strategic networks managed by NHS National Services Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government and the 14 local NHS Boards in Scotland. The other Strategic Networks are the Scottish Trauma Network, Scottish Health in Custody Network, Scottish Veterans Care Network and soon, a Scottish Fertility Network. Take a look at the diagram below of the full team and be sure to visit the other Strategic Network websites (linked above) to find out more about their work.