Latest News and Updates

29th June 2020

INCARC COVID-19 Report dated 26.06.2020 HERE

22nd June 2020

INCARC COVID-19 Report dated 19.06.2020 HERE 

15th June 2020

The Kings Fund: Learning from staff experiences of COVID-19: Let the light come streaming in HERE

9th June 2020

ICNARC COVID-19 Report HERE

2nd June 2020

RSM COVID-19 Series: Upcoming Seminars

Episode 18: Even more of your questions answered
Date: Tuesday 2 June 2020
Time: 12:30pm - 1:15pm BST

Episode 19: All things evidence
Date: Thursday 4 June 2020
Time: 12:30pm - 1:00pm BST

For full details see https://www.baccn.org/about/covid-19-nurse-educational-resource-centre/resources-for-nurses/further-resources-and-courses/

29th May 2020

ICNARC COVID-19 Critical Care Report from 29th of May 2020: HERE

22nd May 2020

ICNARC COVID-19 Critical Care Report from 22nd of May 2020: HERE

The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine has released Bridging guidance for Critical Care during the restoration of NHS Services HERE

18th May 2020

The Infection Prevention Society (IPS) releases questions and answer document on “Using PPE for Covid-19 in Intensive Care Settings” and accompanying video: HERE

17th May 2020

United Nations COVID-19 and the Need for Action on Mental Health policy brief: HERE

15th May 2020

ICNARC COVID-19 Critical Care Report from 15th of May 2020: HERE

Provisional guidance on the recovery and rehabilitation for patients following the pandemic: HERE 

14th May 2020

Combined BACCN Virtual Journal Club and Twitter Chat: 26th of May 20:00 - 21:00

In recognition of how busy you all are at present alongside our desire to not stop engaging and or learning,  we've decided to combine our next BACCN Virtual Journal Club and monthly Twitter chat for May. This enables you to join either one of the two platforms to engage with the discussion. 

This month we've joined forces with the team from the Laura Hyde Foundation where we'll be discussing the rapidly changing landscape of mental health for all emergency and healthcare professionals.  With this in mind, our journal article will be:  

Stress management interventions for intensive and critical care nurses: A systematic review

Ja'far Mohammad Aqeel Alkhawaldeh

Kim Lam Soh PhD, RN

Firdaus Binti Mamat Mukhtar PhD

Ooi Cheow Peng PhD

Huda A. Anshasi PhD, RN

Nursing in Critical CareVolume 25, Issue 2

First published: 15 December 2019

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/nicc.12489 

The journal club/ twitter chat will take place on 26th May 2020 20:00-21:00

If you wish to join the Zoom discussion please follow the link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_a0cEFTwYRUeFr0j3zZJULQ

The  Twitter chat will be moderated by @karin_gerber on behalf of @BACCNUK and will run alongside the Zoom discussion and we'll be asking your thoughts/experiences on the subject using #baccnmind

Join us and let's keep the conversation going...

6th May 2020

ICS Guidance on decision-making under pandemic conditions: HERE

5th May 2020

UKCCNA position statement Critical Care nursing workforce post COVID: HERE

4th May 2020

Watch free webinar from the The British Psychological Society (BPS) on meeting the psychological needs of people recovering from severe Covid-19.  HERE 

1st May 2020

Latest ICNARC COVID-19 report. To support our NHS and critical care colleagues in planning, both centrally and locally, please find a report on the first reported 7542 patients critically ill with COVID-19. HERE

30th April 2020

The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine and BACCN joint statement regarding second phase NHS response and impact on Critical Care. HERE

29th April 2020

WHO states that COVID-19 exposes the critical importance of patient rehabilitation HERE 

myICUvoice is now available for free on the App Store. A simple communication tool for ventilated ICU patients combined with a database to ensures nurses are able to target and monitor effective treatments. View the App release video HERE

Management and Care of Trachomised Patients HERE

Guidance on the use of video communication for patients and relatives - with members of the BACCN National Board adding the very essential Critical Care Nursing Voice HERE 

Drop in Surgery- Time slots are available

Matt Broadway-Horner is a consultant nurse, psychotherapist, academic, writer and trainer specialising in psychological therapies. He is offering a free online drop in surgery and is an accredited CBT therapist but the main work is psychological first aid where he can provide advice and a way of working in disaster / disease areas. The aim is to provide safety, be secure, connecting and provide support for nurses at this time.

If you are interested contact Matt through WhatsApp 07795416644 and appointments will operate on a first come first served basis.

Send a message to Matt saying “My name is ………and I am a critical care nurse @ BACCN can I have a time to see you?”  Any texts received will be booked into the next available drop in slot which will be 30 minutes per person. Once you have been provided a time slot Matt will then ask you to call him through WhatsApp via video or audio depending on your preferred option.

If you require any further informtation please contact support@baccn.org 

25th April 2020

The latest summary report from our COVID-19 knowledge sharing session on thromboprophylaxis and anticoagulation of ICU patients (with Trish McCready, BACCN National Board providing the very essential Critical Care Nursing Voice) HERE


Escalation decisions on ICU during COVID-19: The current pandemic has presented intensive care doctors with greater challenges in making escalation decisions. In this podcast Dr Clare Stapleton discusses ways to approach these decisions with Dr Chris Danbury, Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine.

You can hear the podcast from Dr Claire Stapleton HERE


Leeds Teaching Hospitals have provided some useful information regarding caring for patients in critical care with a Learning Disability. View this information in the resources area of the website which can be found. HERE

18th April 2020

A rapid dissemination summary report of a facilitated ‘Knowledge Sharing Session’ between international clinicians from China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK and the USA with a considerable collective experience of ICU management of COVID-19 infected patients. The session was hosted on 13 April 2020, 16:00 to 18:00, by the Intensive Care Society, following an informative session held previously between UK clinicians.

Please see the full report HERE


16th April 2020

The Infection Prevention Society (IPS) and British Association of Critical Care Nurses (BACCN) issue joint statement on Facilitating compassionate care for patients dying with COVID-19.

The guidance to health and social care organisations aims to minimise the distress being experienced by families and loved ones of people who are at the end of life.

 “End of life care is a fundamental pillar of nursing care and relates to both the care of the person at the end of life and their family.  The current COVID-19 epidemic has resulted in all normal hospital/ hospice and care home visiting being suspended except for special circumstances.” 

“The IPS and BACCN agree that being with a loved one at the end of their life constitutes a special circumstance and, that wherever possible, the health/social care organisation should instigate safe and compassionate approaches that allow an immediate family member/ significant other to be with a dying person at the end of life.”

IPS President, Pat Cattini says: “We hope these guidelines enable care givers to provide confident safe and compassionate end of life care during this difficult time.”

Dr Louise Styat, from the BACCN Board says: “We at the BACCN are honoured to work alongside the IPS and provide guidance on facilitating safe family visitation to patients at the end of life as caring for both patients and their loved ones is fundamental to critical care nursing.” 

To read the guidelines in full see:  https://bit.ly/IPS_BACCN


12th April 2020

ICS Guidance for Prone Positioning of the Conscious COVID Patient 2020

'How will we recover? What will he have left?': The battle against coronavirus inside Britain’s intensive care units (The Independent) 

Critical care services in the English NHS | The King's Fund 


8th April 2020

Guidance for the role and use of non-invasive respiratory support in adult patients with COVID-19


7th April 2020

State of the World’s Nursing Report - 2020 


5th April 2020

BACCN Chair representing Critical Care Nurses on this NECCC:

'COVID-19: a synthesis of clinical experience in UK intensive care settings'
A rapid dissemination summary report of a facilitated ‘Knowledge Sharing Session’ between UK clinicians with considerable experience of ICU management of COVID-19 infected patients. The session was hosted on 3 April 2020, 10:30 to 11:30 am, by the Intensive Care Society as part of the National Emergency Critical Care Committee.


2nd April 2020

A National Patient Safety Alert has been issued on the risk of harm from interruption of high flow nasal oxygen (HFNO) during transfer.


31st March 2020

Drop in Surgery

Matt Broadway-Horner is a consultant nurse, psychotherapist, academic, writer and trainer specialising in psychological therapies. He is offering a free online drop in surgery and is an accredited CBT therapist but the main work is psychological first aid where he can provide advice and a way of working in disaster / disease areas. The aim is to provide safety, be secure, connecting and provide support for nurses at this time.

If you are interested contact Matt through WhatsApp 07795416644 and appointments will operate on a first come first served basis.

Send a message to Matt saying “My name is ………and I am a critical care nurse @ BACCN can I have a time to see you?”  Any texts received will be booked into the next available drop in slot which will be 30 minutes per person. Once you have been provided a time slot Matt will then ask you to call him through WhatsApp via video or audio depending on your preferred option.

If you require any further informtation please contact support@baccn.org 


29th March 2020

Virtual Journal Club

On Tuesday night (31st of March) in only our second virtual journal club session we were going to discuss a paper done by Baid et al (2019) "Sustainability in critical care practice: a grounded theory study" but in recognition of our current situation we've decided to change this session into a webinar where we'll be discussing something many Critical Care nurses in particular but also those members of staff that have stepped into the breach to help us manage the significant surge we're dealing with within Critical Care services are stuggling to come to terms with. 

Sustaining high-quality, critical care practice is challenging because of current limits to financial, environmental, and social resources. The National Health Service in England intends to be more sustainable, although there is minimal research into what sustainability means to people working in critical care, and a theoretical framework is lacking that explains the social processes influencing sustainability in critical care" - Baid et al (2019). When selecting this article never thought it would really be so topical at the time!

Many Critical Care nurses are feeling anxious & saddened as we are slowly coming to terms with the realisation that we won't be able to deliver the patient & family-centred high-quality nursing care that we take pride in every day and certainly believe our patients deserve every day during this crises.  In most cases, we'll be going back to delivering task orientated care instead to ensure patients are being kept as safe as possible.  Many other professionals that are stepping into a critical care nursing environment either for the first time and or returning to the bedside in this crises are also extremely anxious and worried that they'll be working outside of their usual comfort zone. 

With this in mind we'll be changing our journal club session into a "webinar" where we'll be talking to Heather Baid (author of your journal club article), various members of the National Board and hopefully Sarah Milligan who joined us in our wellbeing session to talk about how we feel and how we can support each other in this difficult time we are all facing.

BACCN National Board

 "We are here for YOU";  #criticalcarenursesstandingtogether;  #proudtobeacriticalcarenurse


27th March 2020

View our latest Virtual Espresso Session:

Working to be well: Wellbeing & COVID-19 
Presented by Sarah Milligan, Lead for Learning Environment Wellbeing & Sister Claire Kauppila, Critical Care Outreach, Frimley Health Foundation Trust. 


26th March 2020

Joint Position Statement from EFN, EfCCNa & European Soc of Emergency nurses on COVID-19 Preparedness & the Urgent Need to Protect Frontline Nurses


25th March 2020

Project Nightingale update

Project Nightingale is a brand new hospital being located within Excel London

Recommendations for Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) and Critical Care Outreach (CCO) services in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

NICE guideline to COVID


21st March 2020

Open access to BACCN Learn Zone
We are arranging for the BACCN members-only Learn Zone area to be made open to all from Saturday 21st March 2020.

Twitter Chats
Keep an eye out for our regular Twitter Chats using @BACCNUK