Critical Care Leadership Forum

The Critical Care Leadership Forum (CCLF) was established in 2013 as one of the main recommendations emerging from Collaborating for Quality in Intensive Care (CfQICM). The CfQ Commissioners concluded that ‘the current situation needs to change if real advances in research, organisation and patient care are to be achieved. Mutual recognition of all the players in this very important aspect of clinical care is essential, and reduplication of efforts and energy is wasteful’. In response, the organisations participating in the CfQ formed a stakeholder group, the CCLF, to represent all organisations with an interest in critical care.

The primary role of the CCLF is to promote UK-wide high quality care for patients with, or at risk, of critical illness through integrating the energies and skills of its participating organisations. The forum aims to act as a single point of reference for accessing specialist advice for national policy initiatives, commissioning, research, audit, education, professional standards and clinical practice.

The forum also provides an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss national policy relevant to the practice of ICM and engage with specialist commissioning board and clinical reference groups as well as establishing and maintaining links with the health structures of the previous health administrations. In this way, the CCLF provides a conduit between the professional and managerial arms of the health services.

The CCLF is keen to identify, support and undertake projects which directly or indirectly focus on improving patient care these include professional standards, workforce, multiprofessional training, research, audit and ethics.


Useful links:

RAFT is the national trainee-led body that brings together the multiple UK regional anaesthetic Trainee Research Networks and faciliaite annual national trainee-led projects.  You can access their website here.


CCLF member workstreams:

CC3N National Critical Care Rehabilitation Survey 

Our congratulations to ICUsteps who were presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher.  The presentation was attended by trustees, volunteers and those who’ve been helped by our Milton Keynes support group, as well as the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, the Mayor of Milton Keynes and Countess Howe.


The CCLF has given endorsement, acted as an advisory group and spoken on behalf of the Critical care Community on many projects such as:

  • Maternal Critical Care standards
  • Case-Mix Programmes: ICNARC Data Access Advisory Group
  • Research via the NIHR CCSG
  • Infection in Critical Care Quality Improvement programme (ICCQIP)
  • Lord Carter review
  • PEARL Project
  • Workforce
  • End of Life Care position statement


Picture above of the 2013 founding members


The organisations currently represented at the CCLF include:

  • Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthetisia and Critical Care (ACTACC)
  • British Association of Critical Care Nurses (BACCN)
  • British Dietetic Association (BDA)
  • Critical Care National Nurses Network (CC3N)
  • Critical Care Operational Delivery Networks (CCODNs)
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP)
  • Defence Medical Services (DMS)
  • Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM)
  • Intensive and Critical Care workstream of the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) initiative
  • Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre (ICNARC)
  • Intensive Care Society (ICS)
  • ICUsteps
  • National Clinical Reference Group (NCRG)
  • National Institute of Health Research Clinical Care Speciality Group (NIHR CCSG)
  • NHS Blood and Transplant
  • Northern Irish Intensive Care Society (NI-ICS)
  • National Outreach Forum (NOrF)
  • Neuro Aanaesthesia and Critical Care Society (NACCS)
  • Paediatric Intensive Care Society (PICS)
  • Royal College of Nursing Critical Care & In Flight Forum (RCN–CC&IFF)
  • Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health Specialist Advisory Committee for Paediatric Intensive Care Medicine (RCPCH SAC PICM)
  • Scottish Intensive Care Society (SICS)
  • Scottish Intensive Care Society Audit Group (SICSAG)
  • United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA)
  • Welsh Intensive Care Society (WICS)
  • Welsh Critical Care Networks