Quality & Leadership

Clinical Leadership

The Network has established strong clinical leadership over a number of years and this comprises various forums in order to support delivery of the Network Plan and the Quality Improvement Programme

Our vision of quality outcomes for critical care services is driven by and reliant on strong clinical engagement and leadership. The Network facilitates collaborative opportunities bringing together multi-professional clinical leaders and experts, to use their knowledge and understanding of their patients’ needs to identify areas for improvement.

 We support the NHS principle of clinical ownership and leadership, and respect the needs and wishes of critical care patients their families and friends in all that we do. Locally we are aiming to transform patient and public participation in the way critical care services are developed.


Please find more detailed information on individual work areas and forums below. More information and forums will be added as they become available.

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Network Forums and Groups

2018 Quality Improvement Event

The Network’s annual Quality Improvement Event was held on 22nd February 2018 and yet again proved to be a popular event with approximately 100 delegates from across Lancashire and South Cumbria's Critical Care units. Our excellent multidisciplinary speakers gave some fascinating presentations covering a range of topics including: 

  • Learning from the Manchester Bombing Incident
  • Staffing Risk Assesments
  • Value of Pet Therapy in Critical Care
  • What do Patients really want?

 "It was exciting to see how far the ODN had come over the past 18 years, where now there is a culture of improvement and a willingness to share across the region". 

The day culminated with the presentation of the Sarah Brookfield Award to Furness for their quality improvement project.


BACCN 2017

All delegates returned from London feeling enthused and motivated to build on their achievements and follow up on ideas they have gained from listening to other critical care colleagues and industry partners. Highlights from this year’s conference include;

  • Claire Horsfield achieving a scholarship for attendance for the second consecutive year as part of the ‘partners in prevention’ session. Claire presented the Network’s ‘Lung Protective Ventilation’ improvement programme.
  • Lewis Blacow was successful in winning the ‘Dragons Den’ initiative with his project to develop an App to support rehabilitation for patients following critical illness. Lewis wins £500 towards his innovation along with a free place to attend next year’s conference in Bournemouth where he will present his progress.
  • Stacey Needham (FGH) presented a poster on improving communication for patients with a tracheostomy
  • Lianne Harrison and Jacqui Jocelyn (ELTH)presented a poster on improving cumulative fluid balance monitoring in critical care
  • Sarah McHenry and Lianne Harrison (Blackpool –General ITU) presented a poster on their work to improve care of the critically ill child when nursed on an adult unit. In addition to this Mike Dickinson and Andrew Henson presented a session on simulation training at Blackpool.
  • Claire Wilcox and Jane Platt (LTH) presented a session about the development of their mortality and morbidity meetings. Sarah McMullen also presented a poster about how her new role as discharge co-ordinator has impacted on patient flow.
  • Carole (Blackpool –cardiac ITU) presented a session on improving the experience of relatives through implementation of a family support group
  • Claire Shaw and Claire Mead (RLI) presented a poster about improving education provision for critical care staff
  • LTH also hosted a proning workshop in the run up to conference on the Sunday.
  • All units paid for an additional delegate to attend, with LTH sending an impressive team of 10 people.
  • In addition to the LTH workshop, there were a total 9 presentations from our network across the entire programme which is a fantastic testament to the dedication of our teams
  • LTH also won the ‘best wig’ competition at the gala dinner

Network Framework

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2018 Sarah Brookfield Award Winner

This years award was presented to Stacey Needham from Furness General Hospitals Critical Care Unit, for her and Rebecca Herron's quality project: 'Improving the ICU Patient's Ability to Communicate'.

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Claire Horsfield receiving her BACCN 2017 sponsorship award. Well done Claire!

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