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Workforce wellbeing best practice framework

21st Oct 2021

The purpose of this document is to provide a best practice framework to guide commissioners and budget holders, senior hospital management and the intensive care team on ways to provide the best possible employee experience within intensive care. read more..

Adult Critical Care - GIRFT Programme National Specialty Report

13th Oct 2021

The Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme uses data to benchmark units and look for variation in practice and service delivery. read more..

Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines 2021

11th Oct 2021

Updated global adult sepsis guidelines have been released in October 2021 by the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) read more..

Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) national report for adult critical care

30th Sep 2021

This report outlines a new model for critical care services which could help the NHS cope with future surges of the pandemic. read more..

Survey on changes to organ donation legislation.

28th Sep 2021

BACCN members are invited to participate in a short online survey on changes to organ donation legislation. read more..

UKCCNA Position Statement: Critical Care Nurse Staffing during Surge: September 2021

24th Sep 2021

The UKCCNA acknowledges the sustained pressure critical care nurses (and other staff) continue to experience. We understand the significant negative impact this is having on nurses’ physical and mental health and well-being. read more..

NICE rapid guideline on ‘Managing COVID-19’

9th Sep 2021

The ‘Managing COVID-19’ guideline has been updated and published on the NICE website and MAGICApp today. read more..

Intensive Care Society: Guidance on the transfer of the critically ill patient to the outdoors

19th Aug 2021

The ICS have released guidance on how to safely transfer patients into an outside environment, with the aim of improving their quality of life and long-term outcomes. read more..

BACCN AGM and Conference Welcome Reception!

29th Jul 2021

We invite you to join us at the AGM on Sunday 12th of September at 18:00 as part of our #BACCNConf2021 Welcome Reception.  During this session you will be able to ask questions live to our National Board. read more..

Research Study - Minimising Sedation in Intensive Care patients

21st Jul 2021

Participation invited to explore ICU clinicians’ views across the UK on sedation optimisation. read more..

British Thoracic Society: Respiratory Support Units

28th Jun 2021

The British Thoracic Society and Intensive Care Society have worked together to produce a guidance document outlining the standards of care and infrastructure for RSUs. read more..

UK healthcare leaders unite:

20th May 2021

Letter to government says support for healthcare workers’ mental health should mirror service offered to war veterans read more..

Research Study - Patient Safety in Critical Care during the COVID-19 crisis in the UK

20th May 2021

Are you a critical care nurse, or a registered nurse who has been re-deployed to critical care in the UK, interested in sharing your experiences in a 45 min phone call? read more..

Opportunity to Participate in a Research Study

29th Apr 2021

The aim of this study is to explore adult nurses’ experiences of using point of care testing (POCT) in critical care. read more..

ERC Guidelines 2021

26th Mar 2021

The ERC Guidelines 2021 are now available! The European Resuscitation Council Guidelines for Resuscitation provide specific instructions for how resuscitation should be practiced and take into account ease of teaching and learning, as well as the science. read more..

Intensive Care Society: Levels of Adult Critical Care Second Edition Consensus Statement

26th Mar 2021

This document is a consensus statement which sets out to re-define ‘Levels of Adult Critical Care’ to reflect the modern delivery of critical care and the changing demands upon it. read more..

APPG: Parliamentary hearing on the wellbeing of frontline staff and NHS capacity with BACCN Chair Nicki Credland and Elaine Thorpe

24th Mar 2021

The APPG have held a hearing on coronavirus public evidence on the wellbeing of frontline staff and NHS capacity read more..

Review of Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic: interim report

18th Mar 2021

The Quality Care Commission release interim report on Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. read more..

Guidance for the Use of Physical Restraints in UK Adult Intensive Care Areas

10th Mar 2021

The Intensive Care Society’s guidance for the Use of Physical Restraints in UK Adult Intensive Care Areas seeks to advise intensive care professionals in the use of physical restraints, and to safeguard patients, staff and visitors from acts that may cause harm. read more..

Steps Framework for Adult Critical Care Nurses

23rd Feb 2021

CC3N in collaboration with other professional critical care nursing organisations and staff from Higher Education Institutes across the UK have developed the Steps Framework for Adult Critical Care Nurses. read more..

NCEPOD Report - In hospital care of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests: Time Matters

11th Feb 2021

A review of the quality of care provided to patients aged 16 years and over who were admitted to hospital following an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest has been published by the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (2021). read more..

Intensive Care Society: Recovery and restitution of critical care services during the COVID-19 pandemic policy statement

10th Feb 2021

This document provides a list of principles and recommendations for the recovery phase for ICUs. read more..

Digital Critical Care Skills Passport for RSC and NRSS roles

9th Feb 2021

The Critical Care skills passport is now digital. This passport was developed, in partnership with stakeholders, to prepare and support staff deployed to critical care to work as Registered Support Clinicians (RSC) or Non-Registered Support Staff (NRSS). read more..

Guide for international nurses during COVID-19

4th Feb 2021

This resource, created by NHS England and NHS Improvement, with the support of NHS Employers and the unions, provides a collection of national resources and guidance to support your international nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic. read more..

ICS News Statement: Ethical considerations for inter-hospital patient transfer & unit capacity

25th Jan 2021

This statement aims to give decision-makers guidance on the ethical considerations relevant for patient transfer. It was developed by the ICS Legal and Ethical Advisory Group and has been endorsed by the Critical Care Networks of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. read more..

UKCCNA release final Position Statement on Nurse Staffing During COVID-19

15th Jan 2021

The UKCCNA have released their final Position Statement on Nurse Staffing During COVID-19. read more..

ICU staff release song Every Breath You Take

14th Dec 2020

A 100 strong Zoom choir made up of ICU staff is releasing a re-make of classic Police track ‘Every Breath You Take’ in a bid to secure the Christmas number one spot and raise funds to support NHS staff recovery from the trials of 2020. read more..

Florence Nightingale Comes Home

8th Dec 2020

A Florence Nightingale Comes Home book to celebrate the WHO Year of the Nurse is now available. read more..

UKCCNA Position Statement: Emergency Nurse Staffing for COVID-19: Wave 2 (Nov 2020)

17th Nov 2020

The UKCCNA acknowledges the enormous pressure nurses are experiencing at present. Based on research evidence and experience from Wave 1, critical care nurse leads believe they will best secure patient safety and staff well-being in Wave 2 if nurse: patient ratios are maintained at a minimum of one trained critical care nurse* and one registered healthcare professional** for two level 3 beds (compared with the normal 1:1 ratio), and one trained critical care nurse with one registered healthcare professional for four level 2 beds (compared to the normal 1:2 ratio). This should be achieved through the redeployment of staff from outside of critical care, who should have received surge training. read more..

Nursing Times Covid-19: Are You OK? campaign

17th Nov 2020

The British Association of Critical Care Nurses (BACCN) supports the Nursing Times Covid-19: Are You OK? campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the potential long-term impact of working through the Covid-19 crisis on nurses’ mental health and wellbeing (and that of other staff and pre-registration students), and to ensure they have access to sources of formal and/or informal support.  read more..

Two one-day courses (Covid-19 and REHAB) for non-ICU staff

28th Oct 2020

Please see details for two one-day courses (Covid-19 and REHAB) for non-ICU staff which prepares non-ICU doctors, nurses and physiotherapists for redeployment in ICU: read more..

Thank you to BACCN for contributing to The COVID-19 Pandemic’s Impact on Critical Care Resources and Providers: A Global Survey

14th Oct 2020

In this global survey of critical care providers caring for COVID-19 patients, the reported lack of ICU nurses was higher than that of intensivists. read more..

Renal Replacement Therapy Clinical Guidelines for best practice and service resilience during COVID19

12th Oct 2020

We would like to say a special THANK YOU to Ria McMullen (Sister, Critical Care, Royal Berkshire NHS Hospital Reading) for representing the voice of Critical Care Nurses in this important document. read more..

Today, we mark 105 years since the death of Edith Cavell

12th Oct 2020

On 12th October 1915, British nurse Edith Cavell was executed by a German firing squad. Soon after her death, a fund to care for the nation’s nurses was set up which is now Cavell Nurses’ Trust. Edith Cavell remains an inspiration to many and we’re proud and privileged to maintain her legacy in our work today. read more..

Feedback from our Hamper Winner Louise Norris

8th Oct 2020

We were delighted to receive such positive feedback from our Virtual Conference Hamper Winner Louise Norris. Congratulations Louise, and thank you for being In It to Win It! read more..

NHS England release updated Clinical Guidelines for use in a major incident

22nd Sep 2020

Being prepared will save lives but this is one clinical guideline we hope that we never have to follow! read more..

#BACCNConf2020 Twitter Round-Up

18th Sep 2020

I want to thank every single individual that played any part in our 1st ever virtual conference at the beginning of this week. read more..

BACCN release evidence-based consensus paper for oral care within adult critical care units

8th Sep 2020

BACCN have released an evidence-based consensus paper for oral care within adult critical care units.  read more..

Opportunity to join the BACCN National Board

6th Aug 2020

Are you passionate about critical care nursing? Do you want to develop your skills by working at a National level to influence future policy and practice? We are inviting expressions of interest to join the BACCN National board. You must be a current BACCN member and been part of a regional committee for at least one year. read more..

COVID-19 pandemic personal protective equipment (PPE): Guidance for intensive care

3rd Aug 2020

These guidelines are written in support of critical care delivery and offer a pragmatic interpretation of the current generic PHE guideline. read more..

BACCN Twitter Chat Report, June 2020

22nd Jun 2020

Subject:  All things non-invasive ventilation related in particular with regards to the increasing use of CPAP during COVID-19 #baccnniv read more..

Bridging guidance for Critical Care during the restoration of NHS Services

22nd May 2020

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