About Us

OperationalDelivery Network 


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From April 1st 2013 as part of the transformation of NHS services, the network has been classified as being an Operational Delivery Network. ODN's have been established across England within the 12 geographical areas of the clinical senates; existing nationally mandated ODN's currently include Critical Care (Adult and Neonatal), Major Trauma (all ages) and Burns. These are focused on coordinating patient pathways between providers over a wide area to ensure access to specialist resources and expertise; other ODN's may emerge over time e.g. Paediatrics.


The main focus of this Network is Adult Critical Care but there are links into specialised areas providing critical care including cardiac, neurosciences and paediatrics.

" networks are an NHS success story. Combining the experience of clinicians, the input of patients and the organisational vision of NHS staff, they have supported and improved the way we deliver care to patients in distinct areas, delivering true integration across primary, secondary and often tertiary care"


Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS Medical Director and Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer. 

The Way Forward: Operational Delivery Networks, 2012

Network History

The Lancashire and South Cumbria Critical Care Network has been in existence since 2001 and was formed to "improve access, experience and outcomes for patients with potential or actual need for critical care", within a defined geographical area.

Comprehensive Critical Care: Department of Health (2000).


Subsequent documents provided key recommendations for action; this was to be achieved through optimising the care delivery systems resulting in:

  • A hospital-wide approach to early identification and assessment of critically ill patients
  • Effective, humane and equitable care to those in need - patients and carers.
  • The right care in the right place at the right time, given by the right people
  • Measurement, evaluation and action to continue to improve access, experience and outcome of the patient
  • A supported, developed and valued team
  • Prediction of demand and planning of capacity across the whole health care system

Although the Network has evolved over the years its activities still hold true to these goals. Further details on the role of Critical Care Networks can be found within:

  • Comprehensive Critical Care – A Review of Adult Critical Care Services: Report of the National Expert Group on Critical Care (Department of Health 2000)
  • Quality Critical Care – Beyond Comprehensive Critical Care” (September 2005) 
  • Developing Operational Delivery Networks (2012)

Network Structure

The Lancashire and South Cumbria Critical Care Network team is hosted by Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which is one of our 4 member NHS provider trusts in the region.

Other stakeholder members make for effective collaboration and wider dissemination of our work through use of healthcare professionals from the other NHS organisations; these include the local Quality Improvement Leads, Clinical Leads, and wider multidisciplinary team.

For more information about our stakeholders see our Collaborative Partners page. 

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 Who's WHO?

The Network Team are a small group of conscientious individuals who care about critical care services and are committed in working with staff to making quality and safety at the heart of everything they do.

Put a Face to a Name!

Meet the team below

Network Director: 

Andrea Baldwin

Medical Lead: 

Dr Paul Dean

QI Nurse Lead: 

Claire Horsfield


Dorothy Bailey

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The ODN Board

The Lancashire and South Cumbria ODN Board is a strategic group of executive and other senior personnel with interest and expertise in supporting the ODNs’ aims, outcomes and development.

Membership consists of representatives able to authorise actions, plans and commit resources on behalf of their respective organisations. Collectively they provide clear direction and leadership for ODN teams for critical care, major trauma and paediatrics services. They facilitate strategic service development to improve care in these specialty areas, by ensuring that care provision is considered as part of  the whole hospital system.

The ODN Board is jointly Chaired by Karen Partington (CEO, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) and Dr Ian Stanley (Deputy Medical Director, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust)

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Karen Partington, CEO                     Dr Ian Stanley,                         Lancashire Teaching Hospitals        Deputy MD 

                                                          East Lancashire Teaching Hospitals

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