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 National Maternity Perinatal Audit (NMPA) and Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) Advisory Boards.

I am committed to strengthening UK neonatal research through research experience across trainee networks. I am founder and Consultant Lead for NeoTRIPS (Neonatal Trainee-Led Research and Improvement ProjectS). I am also RCPCH Neonatal College Tutor at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. 

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 setting up, teaching and working in low resource settings. 



Ashworth D, Battersby C, Green M, et al., 2021, Uncertainties: Which antihypertensive treatment is better in pregnancy for mild to moderate hypertension?, Bmj: British Medical Journal, ISSN:0959-535X

Stefani G, Skopec M, Battersby C, et al., 2021, Why is Kangaroo Mother Care not yet scaled in the UK? A systematic review and realist synthesis of a frugal innovation for newborn care, Bmj Innovations, ISSN:2055-642X

Uthaya S, Longford N, Battersby C, et al., 2021, Early versus later initiation of parenteral nutrition for very preterm infants: a propensity score matched observational study, Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal and Neonatal Edition, ISSN:1359-2998

Greenbury SF, Longford N, Ougham K, et al., 2021, Changes in neonatal admissions, care processes and outcomes in England and Wales during the COVID-19 pandemic: a whole population cohort study, Bmj Open, Vol:11, ISSN:2044-6055

Kimpton J, Verma A, Thakkar D, et al., 2021, Comparison of NICE Guideline CG149 and the Sepsis Risk Calculator for the management of early onset sepsis on the postnatal ward, Neonatology: Foetal and Neonatal Research, Vol:118, ISSN:1661-7800, Pages:562-568

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