The Critical Care National Network Nurse Leads Forum (CC3N) was established in 2003 as part of the NHS Modernisation programme. They are one of three forums that represent the Critical Care Networks, alongside the Network Medical Leads and the Network Directors/ Managers.


CC3N is made up of Critical Care Network Lead Nurses from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland and the forum meets four times a year.

W H O   W E   A R E

Welcome the CC3N website. Within this site you should find interesting and useful resources to inform critical care nursing practice.

CC3N are in the process of developing this website and would welcome suggestions and comments on future content.

Please click here or access tab in the menu to view files on our Education and Training:​

















What's New?


April 2015


The first edition of Guidelines for the Provision of ICS Services has now been published.

This document builds on the Core Standards for Intensive Care Units (2013) and is the first step towards the development of a definitive reference source for the planning and delivery of UK Intensive Care Services.


The critical care nursing organisations have been actively involved in developing the nursing elements of this document.



Education & Training


CC3N Chair

Claire Horsefield has been appointed the new chair of CC3N. Claire is the quality Improvement Lead Nurse for the Lancashire and south Cumbria Critical Care Operational Delivery Network, a post she has held since 2014.

March 2017

The Law Commission’s report Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty has now been published. In it there are recommend that the DoLS should be replaced with a new scheme – which we have called the Liberty Protection Safeguards.

Learning from Patient Safety Incidents - Joint Standards Committee of the Faculty and the Intensive Care Society

March 2017








CC3N Deputy Chair

National Workforce Survey

To read the National Critical Care non Medical Workforce Survey Report (2016)

NICE Rehabilitation after critical illnes in adults - September 2017

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Best practice priniciples: Moving Critical Care Nursing staff to ward areas

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Mentorship Slides

National Standards for Critical Care Nurse Education

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National competency Framework for Critical Care Nurses Supporting Information


Quality Assurance Standards

to underpin student placements in critical care units during post registration critical care educational programmes


Quality Assurance Standards Audit Tool

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Learning from Patient safety Incidents

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FICM Critical Futures Report - First Wave Survey 2017

Major Tauma Competencies

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Annual Conference 2018 

National Outreach Forum / International Society of Rapid Response Systems in collaboration with Patient Safety Congress  

09-10 Jul 2018  Manchester



ICS State of the Art 2018

10-12 December, 2018



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BACCN Conference 2018

Sustainability in Excellence: The Future of Critical Care

17 & 18 September 2018, Bournemouth



Julie Platten has been elected as Deputy Chair. Julie is the Locality Manager & Lead Nurse for the North of England Critical Care Network.



Critical Care Network National Nurse Leads

Critical Care Symposium

8th June 2018, Leeds


To register click here