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Review of BACCN Conference 2016 by Louise Houslip

I attended the 2016 BACCN conference after winning a place in an online quiz held by the Wessex region.

Over the past few years I have developed a particular interest in delirium in ICU patients and therefore was excited to read the conference programme and decide which sessions I would attend. I had never attended a conference before so was interested to see what they were all about and was excited to learn about what was currently going on in the world of critical care nursing.

The atmosphere of the conference was really exciting to be a part of as everybody seemed to be really motivated to learn from each other and to meet people from different units across the country.

Many of the sessions that I attended were delivered by ICU staff speaking about how they had overcome obstacles to deliver exceptional levels of holistic care to patients in their care, like the team who facilitated taking a dying patient home to see the flowers in his garden one last time.

Prior to the conference, having read the programme I was intrigued by the concept of an eICU, and what it could mean for the future of Critical Care Nursing. I was really interested to go to the conference and learn about how things are done differently in the USA.
From this conference I take away firstly a sense of pride to be a part of such an amazing professional group who are continually striving to improve patient care and safety. I have also come away with a new motivation for my own both personal and professional development, along with a drive to look to improve some practices in my own department.

Breathing Essentials - Study Day

Dear Wessex Regional Members,

We are fast approaching the 2016 BACCN Annual Conference taking place in Glasgow with less than 30 days to go now. We are really excited and we are looking forward to perhaps seeing many of you in / around the conference - let us know if you're going and we can catch up with you.

As promised here is some of the presentation slides from our recent "Breathing Essentials" study day that was held in Bournemouth a month ago.

Presentation: BACCN Wessex ABG slides
Presentation: CXRay Tutorial
Presentation: NIV Presentation

Click to download: Wessex AGM Minutes

We are in the process of setting up the next day, using some of the suggestions you've provided so please watch this space for more information.

As mentioned during the AGM we are looking for any willing and enthusiastic Critical Care Nurses to join the Wessex Regional Committee. We are currently a very small (bit very dedicated) committee and would like to expand our numbers. No previous experience and or specific grade is required. If you are interested please contact any one of the current committee members (details available on our webpage).

Enjoy the lovely summer we are having and see you at at next event

Karin (Wessex Committee Chair)

Thank You!

A big thank you to all the delegates that attended our "Breathing Essentials" study day on 13th July. You were all great and really got into the "audience participation" which made for a successful day!!

Thanks again to all the speakers and industry that supported us on the day.

Looking forward to meeting up with many of you in September in Glasgow and perhaps in the Isle of Wight - watch the space!!...

On behalf on the Wessex Committee,

Thank you!!

Congratulations to
Louise Houslip...

who completed a quiz and won a FREE 2016 Conference place at BACCN Wessex's 'Back to the Future' study event on 20th November 2015. 

Louise said "I'm most looking forward to exploring new information and research about critical care nursing and being one of the first to hear new developments in the field. I'm also looking forward to meeting with other professionals both from in my region and nationally".

An Exciting Opportunity to influence Critical Care Nursing!

Calling all BACCN Wessex Region Members,

  • Are you keen to develop professionally as a critical care nurse?
  • Are you looking for career development opportunity 
  • Are you interested in finding out about (or influencing) the future of critical care nursing?

If yes to any of the above, we are seeking expressions of interest from enthusiastic critical care nurses from the Wessex region to join a new inspiring BACCN committee. There are no specific qualifications required and you can be any grade of nurse in order to contribute to the local BACCN regional committee.

All you need to be is a BACCN member who is enthusiastic to take forward the work of the BACCN within your region. The purpose of the Regional Committee is to provide education and support for critical care nurses within the region. If you're passionate about critical care nursing and would like to be part of a team to help to further train and develop critical care nurses across the region, we would really love you to come along and join us.

If you would like any further information please contact Karin Gerber via karingerbersa@hotmail.com.  Alternatively you can contact Vicky Quinn, Membership Administrator, via membership@baccn.org or by phone on 07879 427583.

Dates for your Diary:

New events coming soon!


We urgently need volunteers to join our Wessex Regional Committee.  The commitment is not overwhelming but does require that you are actively involved in various projects – this can range from the planning and running of study events to taking minutes at committee meetings….. With a full committee nobody has to do too much.

Find out more HERE