BACCN Conference 2011: first class critical care: using evidence to create the future.

What a conference we've just had at Newcastle racecourse!
Even if we say so our self - "it has been a Brilliant 26th conference for BACCN".

If you were sadly unable to join us this year- we missed you!

Here's a few highlights - look out for the full report coming in the journal and more news and footage on the web site in the members only area.

We discovered Bertie, the conference mascot, at our welcome event on Sunday at the brilliant Discovery Museum.

BANNBBertieFollow Bertie's progress on facebook, become his friend and let's see if we don't spot Bertie at some of our regional events throughout the year.

You can also email Bertie on

Our first key note was by Mandy Odell, Nurse Consultant in critical care who talked to us about the rules, roles and rituals in the cultural contexts of our practice.

Other key notes included David Forster, Deputy Chief Nurse for England and Annette Richardson, BACCN National Board who both headlined our inaugural non registered practitioner afternoon. And assistant practitioners and health care assistants undertook the BEACH course, (Bedside Emergency Assessment Course) as part of their dedicated afternoon.

BACCN 2011What was really great is that most of these colleagues came to the whole two days conference and they were most welcome to join the BACCN family.

Day two of the programme commenced with the truly inspirational Professor Brendan McCormack. Brendan gave us an excellent presentation and some real food for thought- do look this up on our web site when this footage goes live.

Our fifth plenary was a very clinical focused presentation on extracorporeal life support and the potential for another swine flu epidemic in 2011/12 by Dr Nick Barret from Guys and St Thomas'

The final afternoon saw the launch of the BACCN position statement on patient visiting; this was also the topic for our video linked Question time debate with our panel of experts representing the professional, visitor and patient perspective.

We also premiered the BACCN board promotional films that we produced over the summer. These can be viewed on our web pages and will be available to regions to use to spread the word about the activities and work undertaken by BACCN on the members behalf.

In between our key notes we hosted a plethora of concurrent papers and posters. Many of our presenters have consented to their presentations and posters being placed on the web site and I urge you to visit the conference web pages where you can find our conference handbook which contains all the authors’ abstracts, more conference pictures and possibly updates about Bertie.

See our facebook page for some of the livelier exhibition pictures on .

Congratulations to our regional and conference award winners;

Regional Awards:

Region of the Year 2011
Region of the year 2011: Yorks & Lincs
Yorks and Lincs Region
Regional Committee Member of the Year 2011
Regional Committee Member of the Year 2011: Sue Snelson
Sue Snelson

Our best paper award went to Heather Savage from the National Health Service Blood and Transplant organisation on her paper entitled Developing end of life care; giving bereaved families the option of corneal donation.

Best poster

First place for the best poster was won by Natalie Rich from Leicester Royal infirmary. Natalie's poster was entitled 'Explicit Memory of ICU Patients -An Evaluation of Dreams, Nightmares, Hallucinations and Correlation to UK-PTSS-14'

Best viper was awarded to Nicola White from the Royal Derby Hospital on her poster and presentation entitled Oral Hygiene in the Intubated Patient: An Educational Reminder.

Conference competitions

For our final session debate competition 'In It to WIN It we had a free prize draw for all delegates attending the final debate Ann Bewicke from Wansbeck General Hospital, Northern Region won a free place at next year’s conference.

I hope this brief report entices you to book early for the 'Best of British' at our international conference in Brighton, September 2012. (Please look out for our next conference newsletter and fliers).

Colette Laws-Chapman
Conference Director

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