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 stakeholders make for effective collaboration and wider dissemination of our work through use of healthcare professionals from the other NHS and Independent Sector organisations. Our local Quality Improvement Leads (QILs) framework ensures we can engage effectively with each critical care unit, identify areas for change and make sustained improvements; the work of the QILs is supported directly through the Networks's Quality Improvement Lead Nurse and various Task Groups.  


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The Network recognises the valuable contribution healthcare professionals, commissioners and service users make in identifying the changes required for ensuring effective quality services for our local population. As such we rely on collaborative relationships to utilise the knowledge and expertise of individuals to inform our work programme.

More information on our Collaborative Partners are available on this site.


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The success and added value of the Network will be based on its ability to improve outcomes. The Network main aim is to operate at the interface between commissioner and provider organisations; however we recognise that our priorities for action may change in response to specific patient pathway circumstances and emerging critical care service and user issues. Of importance are the overarching principles which guide our activity these are:


  • Equality of access to Critical Care services across Lancashire and South Cumbria.
  • Comparative standards of care & outcomes across the Network


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