Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Clinical Senior Lecturer in Neonatal Medicine



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G.4.4.Chelsea and Westminster HospitalChelsea and Westminster Campus





I am a NIHR Clinician Scientist, Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Neonatal Data Analysis Unit, and Honorary Consultant Neonatologist at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust. I read Medicine at the University of Nottingham and completed Neonatal Medicine subspecialty training in 2018. 

In 2020, I was awarded a 5-year NIHR Advanced Fellowship to lead a programme of research neoWONDER: 'Neonatal Whole Population Data linkage to improve lifelong health and wellbeing of preterm babies'. I will link data from a 12-year cohort of babies held on the UK National Neonatal Research Database, to other population-level physical and mental health, and education data. This life-course approach at scale will help identify neonatal interventions that may improve the life-long health and wellbeing of preterm and sick newborns. By working closely with patients and parents, I will ensure that the research is meaningful and relevant to their needs. 

I completed my PhD at Imperial College, which focused on the epidemiology of Necrotising Enterocolitis (NEC), a serious bowel condition that affects preterm babies. I led the first national prospective cohort study which quantified the incidence of severe NEC applying a consistent case-definition and examined feed-related antecedents. I am keen to apply my expertise in the development, interrogation and application of datasets more broadly across Child Health. I am Vice-Chair of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) Informatics For Quality Committee. I am also Data and Informatics lead at the British Association of Perinatal Medicine , Deputy Chair of the NIHR HTA Prioritisation committee for Hospital Based Care, and member of the Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) Advisory Boards.

In 2021, I was delighted to be awarded the RCPCH Simon Newell early independent researcher award,  which recognised my strong commitment to training and supporting the next generation of researchers. I am founder and Consultant Lead for NeoTRIPS (Neonatal Trainee-Led Research and Improvement ProjectS), and was previously RCPCH Neonatal College Tutor at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital (2019-2021).

I supervise PhD, MSc and BSc students undertaking research projects in the School of Public Health, and Reproductive and Developmental Medicine. I am happy to be contacted for more information or opportunities. 

My other interests include improving neonatal outcomes in low middle-income countries through collection and analysis of minimal data to inform improvements in care and appropriate use of technology. Since 2011, I have volunteered as a trustee and medical advisor for a non-governmental organisation (NGO) and have experience of setting up a neonatal unit, working and teaching and working in low resource settings. 



Beardmore-Gray A, Seed PT, Fleminger J, et al., 2022, Planned delivery or expectant management in preeclampsia: an individual participant data meta-analysis., American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol:227, ISSN:0002-9378, Pages:218-230.e8

Webbe J, Battersby C, Longford N, et al., 2022, Use of parenteral nutrition in the first postnatal week in England and Wales: An observational study using real-world data, Bmj Paediatrics Open, ISSN:2399-9772

Moore H, Battersby C, Piyasena C, et al., 2022, Assessing variation in neonatal sepsis screening across England, Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal Edition, ISSN:1359-2998

Moss R, Lammons W, Johnson S, et al., 2022, More than words: Parent, Patient and Public Involvement perspectives on language used by clinical researchers in neonatal care, Early Human Development, ISSN:0378-3782

Dallera G, Skopec M, Barlow J, et al., 2022, Review of a frugal cooling mattress to induce therapeutic hypothermia for treatment of hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy in the UK NHS, Globalization and Health, Vol:18, ISSN:1744-8603

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