• COVID-19
    Coronavirus statement
    As survivors of critical illness, relatives of ICU survivors and critical care professionals, everyone at ICUsteps has a profound understanding... Read more
  • ICU Roadmap
    Critical illness roadmap poster
    Dr. Lee Cutler's critical illness infographic is a wonderful resource explaining the ICU journey for patients and relatives... Read more
  • Booklets
    Booklet orders
    Intensive Care: a guide for patients and relatives - Now available in fifteen languages. Download the PDF edition free of charge. Read more
  • Support groups
    Regional support groups
    Local support groups, facilitated by healthcare professionals allow recent patients to meet others like them and recover from their experience... Read more

ICUsteps was founded in 2005 by ex-patients, their relatives and ICU staff to support patients and their families through the long road to recovery from critical illness.

Our aims are to:

  • support patients and relatives affected by critical illness,
  • promote recognition of the physical and psychological consequences of critical illness through education of the medical profession and the general public, and
  • encourage research into treatment and the prevention of these issues.

ICUsteps is the United Kingdom's only support group for people who have been affected by critical illness and has helped many former patients, their relatives and medical staff from organisations around the world.


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Fundraising is a key part of every charity's work. ICUsteps is run entirely by volunteers so all the money we raise goes straight to helping meet our goals of supporting patients and relatives, highlighting the problems they can face following a period of critical illness and helping medical staff improve the treatment and support given both during and following a critical illness.

Help our research

As part of our work in trying to improve aftercare following critical illness we're gathering contact details of former patients and relatives who would be willing to help with research. We're often contacted by medical professionals who want to include the patient perspective in their research and having a group of ex-patients we can contact when we receive requests for help is very valuable.

If you have been affected by critical illness, either as a patient or relative, please help us by looking at our research page and contact us if you're able to help.

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