Even though our work is UK focused, this has not stopped us having an international impact. There is nothing equivalent to ICUsteps throughout the world, and we therefore have had increasing interest from healthcare professionals outside the UK. They particularly want to know more about the impact and consequences of critical illness, the issues that patients commonly face and the innovations and work that ICUsteps have been involved with in improving and highlighting the need for patient support and rehabilitation after critical care.
Peter Gibb presents to the Critical Care Services Ontario conference
In March, our Chief Executive was invited to present to over 250 healthcare professionals in Toronto at Critical Care Services Ontario's (CCSO) Annual Quality Conference which focused this year on patient experience. Peter's talk, 'Critical care: a patient's journey from care recipient to advocate' was very well received by an enthusiastic audience.
It was a wonderful event, superbly well organised and hugely inspiring. Canada may be a little way behind the UK in post-ICU care at the moment, but I feel that everyone at CCSO really understands the desperate need for support after critical illness and they're making great efforts to advance critical illness aftercare in Ontario
On a slightly smaller scale, in May while on a short holiday to Slovenia Peter also took the opportunity to give a talk to a weekly doctors' meeting in Ljubljana's main hospital which was well received, and quickly followed by a request to return the next day and repeat the talk for assembled critical care staff.
here's no follow-up, rehabilitation or information for critical care patients in Slovenia at the moment, but interest was expressed in translating of 'Intensive Care: a guide for patients and relatives' into Slovenian which would be a good starting point.
Interest in support groups continues to gather momentum across Europe. At the end of March, nurses from Norway visited Milton Keynes to meet with Mo and Peter to discuss the process of setting up and running a patient and relative support group and then attend a support group meeting, and in June nurses from Denmark and Belgium will visiting to do the same.