Welcome to the Lancashire and South Cumbria Critical Care Network website.


This website aims to develop a community of knowledge surrounding the work in progress for the improvement of critical care services across the Lancashire and South Cumbria region.

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What is Critical Care?


Critical Care is a vital hospital service and combines both Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and High Dependency (HDU) care areas where the sickest patients in the hospital are treated.

These desperately unwell patients can come from any area in the hospital and need constant and close monitoring; support for their organ systems from specific equipment and medication to keep the body functioning normally while they recover.

Critical Care services also often provide a key role within the hospital to support the medical and surgical specialities in the early recognition of, and response to, acute illness in adults in hospital.

Our Aims

Our aim is to focus on facilitating safe quality care for acutely and critically ill patients across community, NHS hospital and Independent hospital care organisations.

Through collaborative working with commissioners, providers and users of critical care, we aim to review servces and make improvements where they are required, ensuring delivery of patient focused care by appropriately educated and trained healthcare professionals.

"Critical Care services are an essential part of the care pathway of many hospital patients and needs to be fully integrated into whole hospital services to ensure best patient outcomes." 

                                                                     Quality Critical Care, 2005

To this end the Network aims to facilitate the sharing of good practice, develop where necessary common policies and procedures, and help providers and commissioners implement national best practice recommendations related to Critical Care, where these are present.

We hope to share our enthusiasm and dedication in developing quality critical care services our population deserves.

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Shortlisted for Nursing Times Award

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with Lancashire and South Cumbria Critical Care Network, has been shortlisted for a Nursing Times Award.

>>>> Read more below

NT Awards Shortlist News 2015

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Quality Awards 2015
Lancashire and South Cumbria Critical Care Network in collaboration with the Research and Blended Learning Teams at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust have recently been recognised as winners at the trust’s annual quality awards ceremony.  The project involved the promotion of ‘Protected Sleep Time’ in our local Critical Care Units. Having demonstrated significant reductions in the incidence of delirium through application of a ‘sleep bundle’, the Network has been instrumental in the promotion of this through staff awareness initiatives. 
 >>For more information click DELIRIUM

Sarah Brookfield Award

The Network is please to announce the first year of its annual quality award for critical care. Staff from units across the Network are invited to submit an application form to enter for this award to reward local improvement activity.

>>> For more information see the attached flyer

Sarah Brookfield Award

BACCN Presenters 2015

We are pleased that the Network and staff from some of our critical care units have been selected to present at this years annual BACCN International Conference in September, London. The title for this year is Delivering High Quality and Safe Critical Care Services: A Global Ambition. We hope you can join us to support your local colleagues at this event.

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Staff from our critical care units across the network, supported to attend last years 2014 BACCN Conference


For more information about the events listed on this page please contact us.

FREE Human Factors Training: 

9th November 2015 and 1st February 2016 

Education Centre, RPH.

>> For further information

  • Mentor Training Sessions 12th August, 2015 morning or afternoon session available. Education Centre 3, Seminar C, Chorley DGH
  • BACCN Annual Conference 7th - 8th September 2015, London.
  • HCA AIM Day, 18th September 2015, Education Centre, RPH.

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