Dr Richard Hearn

Dr Richard Hearn has been consultant in the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), Newcastle Upon Tyne for over 10 years with a prior consultant post in Dundee

He has been head of service in the RVI since 2016.

The RVI is a busy  referral service looking after all aspects of neonatal care.

Clinical duties are split across the neonatal service and the regional transport service (NNETS) with a team of 8 other consultant colleagues.

Richard leads the department child death review process and MBRRACE (2013 onwards) and has introduced both independent external clinician attendance to and structured learning from local mortality reviews locally and at network level. He is the neonatal representative on the Tyne and Wear Child Death Overview Panel.

Nationally Richard was involved in the BAPM Neonatal Mortality review working group, the Department of Health Expert review of Child death processes and the expert advisory panel for Maternity and Neonatal Safety Improvement Programme (MatNeoSIP).

Richard is the educational lead for the Northern Neonatal Network (2016 onwards) with responsibility for education for medical and nursing staff across the Northern region. Nationally he instructs and directs on Neonatal Life support (NLS) and the Advanced Resuscitation of the Newborn Infant (ARNI).

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