The new tapered annual allowance tax arrangements are affecting a large proportion of Consultant staff in the NHS. Informal correspondence received by PICS council members advised that some units may be planning to reduce bed capacity, this winter, as a consequence of colleagues having to reduce their contracted hours of work. PICS recently carried out a survey of its consultant members in order to better quantify the problem at a national level.
In 2018 a group of researchers from PICS Study Group carried out a research prioritisation exercise on behalf of the society. The aim was to determine health care professionals (HCP) research priorities within PICU to ensure future research is directed to the questions viewed as the most important within our field. The group would now like to engage with children and their families who have experienced a PICU admission and ensure their views are heard.
The purpose of the work is to ask children and young people (CYP) and their families/ carers from across the UK and Republic of Ireland (ROI) to complete a survey which features the top twenty research topics generated from the work with HCP. The survey will ask them to rate each for importance. It will also provide them with an opportunity to highlight questions or topics they feel are not represented.
- Establish the views of service users on PIC HCP research prioritisation exercise
- Provide supporting evidence to PIC researchers submitting national, peer-reviewed funding applications, of service users’ opinions on research questions
- Identify any new topics or questions for research which were not identified in the work with HCP
How can the survey be accessed?
The survey will be available to the public in two ways:
- Paper-based survey to inpatient CYP / families on PIC / within hospital following PIC discharge in UK/ROI sites that have agreed to support the work. The surveys will be self-report with a pre-paid postal return. All copies will be supplied to units and all postage provided.
- Electronic survey (same questionnaire) will be available on SurveyMonkey. The link will be advertised through local posters (which will be supplied), through relevant charities and on social media, including twitter.
The survey will be carried out over the Summer 2019.
Who is carrying out the work?
The work is being conducted by a group of researchers from PICS Study Group (PICS SG) and has been supported by a PICS Research Grant (01/06/2019). The project has been reviewed and classed as public engagement work rather than research. No research ethics committee or local R&D approvals are therefore required.
What will happen after this consultation?
Responses will be compared to those from HCP to review similarities and differences. We are also interested to see if there are any new questions or topic areas raised by patients and families which HCP did not recognise. The results will be disseminated to PICS members to help researchers know which areas we should focus research on. We will also feedback the findings to the NIHR so they are aware of priority areas within the PICU field for future funding. We will produce a plain English summary of responses which can be disseminated through social media, through charities and through direct contact with respondents if they are willing to provide their contact details.
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It is our great pleasure to invite members of PICS to participate in the Pediatrics & Child Care 2019 Meeting https://www.pediatricsconference.org/ which will take place November 04 – 05, 2019 at Novotel Porto Gaia Hotel in Porto, Portugal. Pediatrics & Child Care 2019 is the best platform for Pediatrics professionals, researchers, students, and healthcare industrialists to meet and share their creative ideas and thoughts for the children health and smile. The congress focus on important topics with 30 scientific sessions including trendy concepts like child support mobile technology, drug addiction in teenagers, Social Pediatrics, side effects of anesthesia and Support for transgender youth.
Applications are invited for:
Paediatric Cardiac/Critical Care Educator
CLOSING DATE May 6th 2019
Bristol Royal Hospital for Children
Faculty of Children’s Nurse Education
For full details SEE HERE
The Paediatric Cardiac Emergency course is designed for doctors and nurses working in paediatrics, PICU, A&E, NICU and anaesthesia. This one-day course focuses on the diagnosis and management of paediatric cardiac diseases presenting as clinical emergencies.
It involves a combination of lectures by specialists working in the field of paediatric cardiac diseases with an afternoon of hands-on simulation scenarios.
It will take place on 17th June 2019 at the Royal Brompton Hospital.
The cost of the course: Consultants – £300 Trainees – £250 Nurses – £150
For more information CLICK HERE
Cambridge is advertising a consultant post. We are in a recently refurbished 13 bedded unit and admit about 630 patients a year close to the centre of beautiful Cambridge with great schools, art, culture and scenery. We particularly see trauma (first MTC in the UK), oncology, paediatric surgery and neurosurgery.
For full details SEE HERE
This is a Band 7 Sister/Charge Nurse post for Bristol PICU, Seahorse Intensive Care Unit. For full details SEE HERE
This is an exciting opportunity to join a young team setting up a PICU at the Mercy James Hospital, in Blantyre in Malawi in 2020. For full details SEE HERE.