• Booklets
    Booklet orders
    Intensive Care: a guide for patients and relatives - Now available in ten languages. Download the PDF edition free of charge. Read more
  • Community
    ICUsteps online community
    We've teamed up with the good people at HealthUnlocked.com to provide an online community for patients, relatives and healthcare professionals to share their experiences of, and insight into, intensive care... Read more
  • Newsletter
    Next Steps - Issue One out now
    Our Autumn / Winter 2012 newsletter is now available for download. Keep up to date with our work, and sign up to receive future editions... 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

The Intensive Care Unit Support Teams for Ex-Patients (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.


Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving

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.

Medical training video

We're currently producing a medical training video to educate medical professionals on the impact and consequences on patients and relatives of intensive care. Watch the trailer here and contact us to be updated when the finished video is launched.