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About our network

The South East Coast Critical Care Network (SECCCN) was established in April 2013 as a result of the merger between Kent and Medway; Surrey and Sussex Critical Care Networks.

The role of the network is to enable Critical Care Services to work together to promote the highest quality of care for people in the South East of England. Critical Care is a vital hospital service for people with life threatening injuries and illnesses. The Intensive Care Unit is where the sickest patients in hospitals are treated. Critical Care staff also provide support to ward areas to ensure the early recognition and response to acutely ill patients wherever they are in the hospital.

The SECCCN will promote clinical engagement and collaboration across the South East Coast region to ensure the delivery of safe and effective services for critically ill patients throughout the patient pathway. It will provide guidance on service standards to ensure equity of the care patients and their families and loved ones receive. Critical care pathways will be audited and best practice identified to serve as a benchmark for service improvement.

The SECCCN provides a link between commissioners and providers of critical care to promote integration and coordination of services. The SECCCN will assist commissioners and providers to coordinate resources to secure the best outcomes for patients. Critical Care activity will be monitored across the region to assist capacity planning and to forecast demand, to ensure that supply and demand of Critical Care services are matched even at times of peak activity.

Members of the SECCCN will work collaboratively to share learning, experience, knowledge and skills; to enable staff to have the skills and confidence to develop Critical Care services in line with initiatives and progress in medical practice and to meet the expectations of commissioners and the public.