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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Critical Care Stocktake

In June this year, a national critical care stocktake was undertaken which highlighted a number of areas for consideration for our network both now and in the future. Such issues

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Thames Valley & Wessex
Book your place today - TVW Adult Critical Care Network Conference!

We�re very pleased to say that bookings are now open for our Thames Valley and Wessex Adult Critical Care Network Conference 2024!

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February 2024 Newsletter

The first newsletter of 2024 is now out! We announce the date of this year's conference, share a day in the life of a PNA, hear unit updates & celebrate the ICS

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Kent, Surrey & Sussex
Road to recovery critical care rehabilitation guide

This booklet provides you a with a framework to use with your clinical team and your loved ones to support your recovery after being critically ill.

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KSS ACC ODN March newsletter

The Kent, Surrey and Sussex quarterly newsletter is now available. Read the newsletter to gain more information on update on Transfer services, Healthcare assistants Network study event, national rehabilitation survey,

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Upcoming Events

South West
12th Jun 2024

9:30 to 13:30

SWCCN Outreach Study Day

Join us for an educational day for the Outreach professionals around the South West.

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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
10th Jun 2024

09.30 - 15.30

Clinical Forum - In person meeting

This event will take place at Shaw House, Newbury

11th Jun 2024

10.00 - 12.00

Follow Up Group

This event will take place on MS Teams

Kent, Surrey & Sussex
24th Jun 2024


Healthcare Assistants and Nursing Associates Network FREE study event

The Network is excited to invite Healthcare assistants and Nursing associates to a 2-day study

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25th Jun 2024


Healthcare Assistants and Nursing Associates Network FREE Study event

The Network is excited to invite Healthcare assistants and Nursing associates to a 2-day study

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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.