Support groups

Recovery from critical illness doesn't end on discharge from hospital, let alone when the patient leaves intensive care. Once discharged to a general ward, patients are isolated from others like them and are often unaware that the distressing and bizarre experiences they've endured are actually normal for someone who's been through a period of critical illness. Meeting others who've been through similar experiences and are at different stages in their recovery can help reassure patients that there is light at the end of the tunnel and dispel much of their worry.

Visit our support groups page to see what patients who've been to our drop-ins say about the difference it makes.


With patient and public involvement being an established part of healthcare and increasingly a requirement for research projects this is something we're in a unique position to help provide a patient perspective to your research project. Find out more on our research page.

Upcoming events

A website to support recovery after intensive care - 16 September 2016

Join this NHS Lothian event to hear about and discuss the introduction of an innovative website to support patients and families throughout recovery following critical illness.

Find out more and book your place to attend in person or watch online.

BACCN Annual Conference - 19-20 September 2016

There’s still time to book your place at the British Association of Critical Care Nurses (BACCN) National Conference! It’s being held on the 19th - 20th September 2016 at the Technology & Innovation Centre, Glasgow. ICUsteps will have a stand there, and look forward to saying hello. For more information or to book your place, visit the BACCN Conference website.

Sepsis Unplugged 2016 - 13-14 October 2016

The UK Sepsis Trust Conference ‘Sepsis Unplugged 2016’ is being held on the 13th and 14th October 2016 in Brighton. Up until the 29th August, there is an early bird discount. Find out more on the UK Sepsis Trust website.

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If you have an upcoming event you'd like to let other healthcare professionals know about, get in touch to add it to our calendar.

Information for patients

When you go through such a traumatic experience as critical illness, either as a patient or as a relative, information helps take away some of the fear of the unknown. Our comprehensive booklet 'Intensive Care: A guide for patients and relatives' covers admission through to rehabilitation, with over 45,000 copies shipped in the past two years.

Boxes of 250 booklets are available for just £88 including delivery. From as little as 32p per booklet, this represents one of the more cost-effective interventions in critical care. They also help meet NICE's recommendations on the provision of patient information for the critically ill. Find out more and order your booklets online now.

Patient information in other languages

To make this crucial information more widely available, it's been translated into other languages. Like the print-friendly version these are available for free download here in PDF format.