The North of England Critical Care Network (NoECCN) was established in July 2009 as a result of a merger between North East and Cumbria and Tees Valley and South Durham Critical Care Networks. Both previous networks had been established in February 2001. Initially the NoECCN was focused in adult critical care but from 2012 they expanded their remit to incorporate paediatric critical care.
In April 2013 NHS England launched Operational Delivery Networks (ODNs) following the publication of the NHS England strategy to sustain and develop clinical networks. Adult Critical Care was one of the first clinical networks to become ODNs, together with Major Trauma, Burns Care and Neonatal Critical Care.
The NoECCN as an Operating Delivery Network is focussed on coordinating patient pathways between providers over a wide area to ensure access to specialist resources and expertise. Their success factors are determined by improved access and egress to/from services at the right time, improved operating consistency, improved outcomes and increased productivity.
The North of England Critical Care Network has evolved into a successful managed operational delivery network with engagement and representation from all its organisations in collaborative partnership, bringing together clinical services to work together in order to promote the highest quality critical care services.
Visit the NoECCN website www.noeccn.org.uk