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The Scottish Perinatal Network

The Scottish Perinatal Network over-arches the National Maternity Network and National Neonatal Network.

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 National Maternity and National Neonatal Networks work at a national level and are governed together as the ‘Scottish Perinatal Network’ to connect maternity and neonatal services across Scotland. The National Maternity and National Neonatal Networks are managed by NHS National Services Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government and the 14 local NHS Boards in Scotland to support implementation of The Best Start. 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


The Perinatal Network

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

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 National Services Scotland.

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.

Find out more about the National Maternity Network (NMN) Team and the National Neonatal Network (NNN) Team.

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.