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.

The documents listed below can be found on the Education and Training pages











What's New?


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.




CC3N Deputy Chair

Mentorship Slides

National Standards for Critical Care Nurse Education

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


Major Tauma Competencies

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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



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Follow the link below to access the presentations from the 2018 CC3N Symposium >>>>>

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CC3N Step 4 Competencies


Spep 4 Competencies for Adult Critical Care Nurses are now available . Please cick on image below to download your copy.

CC3N Symposium 2018


Competencies for Level 1 Areas

NOrF and the Critical Care Network National Leads (CC3N) have gathered a wide group of key stakeholders to develop a practice focused competency framework for registered nurses and allied health professionals (AHPs) who care for level 1 patients in enhanced care areas




New Competencies

Forum Chairs