This group co-ordinates the relationship between the independent sector and the critical care networks. It is currently updating the Critical Care Transfer Protocol previously approved by the Intensive Care Society and the Department of Health Stakeholders. It is updating the Bariatric Guidance. The workstream is working on a launch of National Standards for Critical Care Nurse Education.
To ensure equity of care delivery, it makes sense to strive for a critical care nursing workforce that is developed to common standards, so that the quality of that workforce can be assured across geographical boundaries.
This document aims to provide a set of standards and recommendations for post registered nursing critical care education that should be considered and applied to support that vision.
Independent Healthcare providers completing the IHAS Hospital Profile carry out 631,000 procedures each year of these a tiny proportion have unexpected complications that require specialised care including within NHS critical care facilities. The number of cases that need to be transferred to the NHS is less than 0.5% of the total cases.
This document is intended as guidance to drive good practice and to provide a basis for local policy development within networks, the objective being for providers and commissioners to work together to meet the needs of all critically ill patients and their families and friends in their geographical area (DoH, 2000a).