Life After Critical Illness

The Faculty Board agreed to lead a working party on Life After Critical Illness (recommendation 12 of Critical Futures).  The group, chaired by Immediate Past Dean, Dr Carl Waldmann, met for the first time in October 2019. See Critical Eye for further updates on progress.

What is Life After Critical Illness?

Many critical care units have established services to help patients following their time in critical care – these services consider a patient’s physical and psychological rehabilitation. Despite these patients being the sickest in the hospital on their admission to a unit, unlike many other conditions, there is no nationally established approach to manage their aftercare. 

Working Party aims

  • To provide best practice guidance in the development, commissioning and management of ‘Follow up’ services, including learning from existing examples of practice:
  • Terminology/definitions
  • Breadth and scope of current UK practice
  • Service model archetypes & eligibility criteria
  • Toolkits and resources for
    • implementation of a new service
    • running a service
    • business case development
  • Service specifications
  • Governance
    • Referral process, efficiency, DNA
    • Measures, outcomes, benchmarking
  • Extending services – primary care, community, adolescent, regional network

Core membership

  • Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (Chairing organisation)
  • Leads from units that have successfully set up services
  • British Psychological Society
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • Patient Representative
  • Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Royal College of Occupational Therapists
  • UK Critical Care Nursing Alliance
  • Further lay and patient input via the Board and local critical care rehabilitation groups
  • A wider stakeholder and consultation group have also been agreed