About us

Adult Critical Care Networks are a vehicle for collaboration between patients, providers and commissioners. All networks have an important role in delivering the NHS’s triple aim, supporting:

  • Better health and wellbeing
  • The quality of care for all patients 
  • The sustainable and efficient use of NHS resources

Successful networks create climates of innovation and improvement leading to the delivery of safer, higher quality patient centred care.

Adult Critical Care Networks act as a conduit between commissioners and providers and are focused on coordinating patient pathways between providers over a wide area to ensure:

  • Equitable access to specialist resources and expertise
  • Improving outcomes and quality standards
  • Evidence based networked patient pathways are agreed
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We have clear lines of accountability with our NHS England Regional Teams (and Integrated Care Boards) to ensure local ownership, alignment and a local mandate to deliver national Adult Critical Care priorities and objectives. 

The South of England Adult Critical Care Operational Delivery Networks consist of three Networks: 

  • South West Adult Critical Care Operational Delivery Network
  • Thames Valley & Wessex Adult Critical Care Operational Delivery Network
  • Kent, Surrey and Sussex Adult Critical Care Operational Delivery Network


Each Network operates independently but works collaboratively with the other two in the South of England. The units and patient pathways can overlap Regional boundaries. 

Latest News

South West
New STRICT Transfer Video

Introduction to the new STRICT transfer video produced by David Cain and the SWCCN transfer team.

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Vacancies in Retrieve Transfer Service - Admin

Retrieve are looking for two new administrative staff. One in Severn the other in Peninsula. The advert links are attached. Severn Band 5 http://jobs.uhbristol.nhs.uk/job/UK/Bristol/

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Thames Valley & Wessex
A day in the life of a Professional Nurse Advocate

Helen McCarthy, ICU Sister, Wellbeing Champion and PNA at the Royal Berkshire, tell us more about the role of the PNA in Critical Care.

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Conference presentations now available!

The presentations from our fantastic Conference speakers are now available!

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Kent, Surrey & Sussex
Kent, Surrey and Sussex Adult Critical Care ODN August 2023 Newsletter

We are delighted to publish our quarterly newsletter. The August 2023 edition features stories from each hospital unit, they share the ultimate successes that each unit has had to improve the

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National Standards for Adult Critical Care Nurse Education V3

The First Edition of the National Standards for Critical Care Nurse Education came out in 2012, with a revised edition in 2016. This 2023 edition is focussed on the National Adult Nursing Critical

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Upcoming Events

South West
13th Mar 2024

09:00 to 13:00

SWCCN ACCP Digital Event 13th March

THE SWACCP DIGITAL EVENT 13/03/24 ON 13th of March 2024 This is a free event hosted by

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17th Jun 2024


ICS State of Art Conference June 2024

SOA24. - The largest multi-professional critical care Congress in the UK.

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Thames Valley & Wessex
27th Feb 2024

10.30 - 11.30

Staff Wellbeing Group

This event will take place on MS Teams

06th Mar 2024

14.00 - 16.00

Rehab Group

This event will take place on MS Teams

Kent, Surrey & Sussex

Patient Stories

Hi, I’m Amanda and I’m a wife and a mum to 3 boys. I was born with muscular dystrophy (MD), a degenerative condition that weakens muscles over time. I’ve had 2 admissions to Intensive Care; firstly for 3 months with sepsis, and secondly for over 6 months due to anaemia. Both times MD complicated my admissions, and I was ventilated and had a tracheostomy to assist weaning from the ventilator.


‘Finally in a few months I’m off to my lifelong dream trip to Vietnam and Cambodia, well so I thought’. Night of the 7th January 2019 (due to fly out 8th), I started having unusual intense pins and needles in my hands and feet, the next morning this got worse. I felt unsteady on my feet so made an appointment at the doctors that morning.


For a few weeks I was feeling under the weather and on 3 occasions was kept in overnight in hospital for observations but was eventually discharged. On the 10th of June 2017 I was admitted again, this time I was kept in. On Friday night I was in considerable pain, so they decided to operate.


As we come to celebrate 70 years of the NHS in July 2018, founded by MP, Nye Bevan, for Ebbw Vale, South Wales, I come to celebrate my 10 years of survival of a critical illness in July 2008.

Just to give you some background about me, I have been married to Lyn for over forty years, and we have a son and daughter, who we are extremely proud of.