The optimisation of recovery from critical illness, rather than mere survival, has developed increasing prominence as the physical and psychological effects of a stay in critical care have become widely acknowledged. Research on the longer term consequences of critical illness has shown that significant numbers of patients surviving critical illness have important continuing problems.
"For many, discharge from Critical Care is the start of an uncertain journey to recovery characterised by, among other problems, weakness, loss of energy and physical difficulties, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress (PTS) phenomena and, for some, a loss of mental faculty (termed cognitive function). Family members become informal care givers, and that itself can exert a secondary toll of ill-health; family relationships can become altered and financial security impaired." (NICE 2009)
The South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw Critical Care Operational Delivery Network are keen to ensure all patients across SYB have access to good rehabilitation services, as such Jo King has been appointed on a six months secondment to work specifically on Critical Care Rehabilitation.
SYB ODN Rehabilitation QI Lead
I started my nursing career in critical care in 2009. I instantly knew that critical care was for me after a two weeks placement. I have always been very passionate about critical care nursing and providing patient centred care . My interest in critical care rehabilitation came after completing the North Trent Critical Care Course where I had to research an area of critical care that I didn’t know much about. After undertaking the research I felt that I has been missing a large piece of a patients critical care journey, as a result of this I became an advocate for critical care rehabilitation . In 2017 I became the critical care rehabilitation sister where I began to implement a critical care rehabilitation programme to support patients physical and psychological recovery. I became the lead nurse for the critical care rehabilitation team in 2018 where I continued to build a multi-disciplinary critical care team to support patients at each stage of their recovery in hospital and beyond. I am very passionate about educating the whole critical care work force on the physical and psychological toll a critical care admission takes on a patient and interventions needed to prevent and treat the problems experienced . I have supported hospital trusts to implement a rehabilitation programme mentoring, sharing my skills and knowledge I have recently joined the SYBCCN for a six month secondment to continue to educate and support the hospitals with in the network to develop a rehabilitation programme.