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.

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.

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

Sarah Brookfield Award 2017

Following a hugely successful annual QI Conference this years Sarah Brookfield Award went to Lancashire Teaching Hospitals. The Royal Preston Hospital's critical care team led by Kelly Fielding, Claire Wilcox and Lewis Blacow received the award in recognition of their work to improve the safety of medicine administration, with a focus on improved labelling.

Mr Stephen Brookfield, said he was "delighted with the continuing efforts to improve quality within critical care and that Sarah would have been immensely proud of the work undertaken by healthcare professionals." He is pleased that Sarah is remembered in such a postive way, and this years winners had patient safety at its heart.  

Read more about our quality improvement work on the Quality and Leadership page.

Staff from the Critical Care Unit received a cheque for £500 and a plaque from the Network, presented by Mr Stephen Brookfield.

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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.


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 in Morecambe Bay and in East Lancashire over 2017.

If you would like to share your story with us or just join us for tea and cakes later this year, then keep an eye out for further information and feel free to come along.

Please call us to reserve your place on 01254 245483 or email Dorothy.Bailey@lthtr.nhs.uk

ANNUAL QI EVENT: 23rd February 2017

We can report that our annual Quality Improvement Event evaluated extremely well and was felt to be a great day by all multidisciplinary attendees. There were really great presentations delivered by healthcare professionals from within and external to the network, all providing information that sparked ideas and enthusiasm to improve quality and safety back at base.

Some suggestions, ideas and topics for next year include:

  • Rehabiliation and Follow Up
  • Working across specialties
  • Evaluating the ACCP role
  • HCAs in Critical Care
  • Patient Involvement         
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ICS State  of the Art Meeting 2017

4th - 6th December, ACC Liverpool, UK

This years SOA17 meeting is due to take place here in the North in Liverpool, so we hope you will give a hearty northern welcome and support this by attending and encouraging other colleagues too.

Click on the image below to be directed to their page for more programme information and booking details! 

AQUA Training - FREE!

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