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 services 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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The Network has published its annual newsletter informing you of the latest critical care activity across Lancashire and South Cumbria, and for 2017 is publishing 'NewsBites', which are quarterly updates of key critical care news and activities.

We hope you've spotted these in your critical care units. If not download them here and take a look >>>>

2017 Newsletter
NEWS BITES Q1 2017 Final.
NEWS BITES Q2 2017 Final.

IV Drug Administration Standards

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The Network has worked in collaboration with its other NW Networks and our own Pharmacists to develop the IV Drug Adminstration Standards. 

This document can be found on the Quality and Leadership page under the Medication forum tab.

For more information related to best practice mediaction standards and the work of the forum contact Claire.Horsfield@lthtr.nhs.uk

The Faculty of

Intensive Care Medicine

Critical Futures: A Report on the First Wave Survey

Critical Futures is a long term project commissioned through the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine.  Its aim is to take forward a suite of work streams that analyse and respond to anticipated changes and pressures on critical care and related services. 

The Faculty is pleased to launch the first step on this journey,click on the link to be directed to their page Critical Futures: A Report on the First Wave Survey. 

BACCN 2017

This year the BACCN annual conference returned to London and Lancashire and South Cumbria Critical Care Network were pleased to be able to support attendance for one member from each of our critical care units. For the first time in Network history, all of our units presented an improvement project they have been developing either through a poster presentation, oral presentation, Viper or workshop.    Read more about the achievements on our  Quality and Leadership page.

Welcome to our: Patient and Public Representative

Glenys Marriott has joined our Network Board as a a member representing the voice for patients and the public. 

Read more about this on our Patient and Public Involvement page.



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

Patient and Carers: Tea and Cakes

As part of our commitment towards improving critical care services we are making plans to hold more events for former critical care patients and their families to hear about their experiences of their stay. These will take place at various locations across the Network over 2018. 

If you would like to share your story with us and meet staff that may have cared for you whilst in hospital then join us for tea and cakes later this year. Keep an eye out for further information and feel free to come along.

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Staff at East Lancashire Teaching Hospitals are presented with gifts in memory of past patients below.

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CC3N Symposium

8th June 2018

Cloth Hall Court, Leeds

The Critical Care Network National Nurse Leads are to hold a symposium to inspire and enthuse critical care nurse colleagues, by sharing good work and will hear from a top motivational speaker.

For more information on this event please contact Claire.Horsfield@lthtr.nhs.uk

Download the Registration form below.


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Registration form 2018.doc
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9 - 10 JULY 2018, MANCHESTER

NORF are please to announce their 2018 Annual National Outreach Forum Conference will be a collaboration between the National Outreach Forum, the International Society for Rapid Response Systems (iSRRS) and the Patient Safety Congress. 

Click on the link to be directed to their site for more information.


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