John David Gough (28/07/56 – 02/11/2015)
Although John retired from critical care several years ago he remained well known in the Intensive Care community and it is with deep regret to say, to those that aren’t already aware, that he died in November. He was very good company in and out of work. A Welshman through and through John was from the “old school” of critical care, medicine and anaesthesia – giving much of himself, his own time and his family’s in an attempt to improve the service. This was the way. His efforts brought some considerable success and those of us working in the critical care service in Gwent, and the patients that we serve owe him a debt of gratitude. He will be remembered with great fondness and a smile by many working in the Royal Gwent.
Sadly for John and his family those efforts came at a considerable cost. John was not alone in this; there are others in the field of critical care medicine that have also paid a heavy price. I never heard John complain of this – again this was the way. To die so young, and without enjoying the fruits of retirement are a tragedy. Those “old school” ways have changed. We live and work in a very different environment to the one that John spent the majority of his working life in. It is worth thinking however as we remember John, and even more so at this time of year that we need to look after each other and ourselves. We continue to deliver a dedicated seven days a week critical care service, as we have done for many years despite some who look to belittle us. However in that delivery we need to continue to strive to provide a healthy balance with life outside of work with friends and family. We owe that to those who have gone before us.
Dr Jack Parry-Jones
Clinical Lead for Critical Care Anuerin Bevan LHB
We have been asked by a colleague to draw our members attention to the Annual Critical Care Symposium and Critical Care Ultrasound Courses in Manchester.
Please note that these are not “WICS sponsored” meetings so if you have any questions best email the organiser direct at
or consult their web page:
Details on the “flyers” below:
6th US Brochure-1.3.compressed
Combined 13th ACCS and CCM-L Poster LR3
*** For details on the WICS February AHP meeting please see the post below ***
Advanced critical care study day for AHP/Nurses
Tuesday 23rd February 2016
Princess of Wales Hospital MPEC
£10 WICS members
£20 non-WICS members
To reserve your space, please contact:
The study day is set to include presentations from expert external speakers covering the following topics:
- Ethical implication in management of ITU patients
- Taking ventilated patient home to die
- All Wales alcohol audit
- Patient experience
- Psychology in ITU
- RECOVER study
- Burn out in ITU
Lunch will be provided
For full details click on the attached PDF below:
POW Course poster
Following a formal consultation of the membership, WICS council has submitted the response below to the law commission to help in the drafting of the new “Deprivation Of Liberty” legislation.
Welsh Intensive Care Society 2015 Law Comission DOLS consultation response
This completes the involvement of WICS in this process for now – although we have offered further meetings or advice if the law commission would find that helpful. Council would like to thank all those that contributed to this process.
Although WICS’s response has been submitted, individuals who feel strongly on these issues may still submit an “individual” response before the 2nd November. The consultation document (available via the link below to the law commission website below) contains all the relevant information if anyone wishes to do this:
Law Commission DoLs consultation 2015
WICS is sponsoring and supporting the “Day of 2 halves” study day at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital on the 30th of November. The topic for the morning is ECG interpretation and in the afternoon Palliative care in the ICU will be considered. Although the day is aimed primarily at ICM trainees, attendance by other doctors or allied professionals may be possible depending on numbers. For further details or to register please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Eloise.Dawe@wales.nhs.uk.
Full details are also on the flyer below.
ECG Palliative Care Study Day Poster v2
WICS has been notified that a consultation on the forthcoming “DOLS” legislation is currently underway with responses required by the 2nd November. There are several aspects of the proposed legislation that may cause severe operational difficulties for Critical Care units and it is important that “frontline” staff feedback to the Law Commission so that the final legislation is well thought out.
WICS council will prepare a reply on behalf of WICS at the council meeting on 7th October. Prior to formulating this response WICS council is requesting feedback from WICS members. Members should send their feedback on the proposed legislation to either the Chair or Secretary’s gmail account by October the 5th.
Details of the consultation are available at the following link:
Law Commission DOLS consultation
The document itself is large but feedback from the ICS colleagues suggests that Chapter 8 as well as 1,2 and 3 are the ones most likely to impact Critical Care practice so if time is short please focus your attention on these.
Unfortunately we are unable to represent the views of those who are not members of WICS. If you feel stongly on the matter please consider joining WICS (via the Forum tab above) above so that we can add your views to ours.
People who have strong views on the legislation are also advised to submit “personal” submissions to the Law Commission regarding the proposed legislation.
The more feedback is obtained from frontline staff the better the chances are of getting a workable piece of legislation at the end.
Dr Hywel Roberts
Please note that due to a “clash” with the SMACC conference in Dublin the WICS Summer Scientific Meeting 2016 dates have been CHANGED.
The 2016 meeting will now take place at the St Brides’s Spa Hotel in Saundersfoot on 23/24 June 2016. Please update your diaries accordingly. For further details please email the secretary, or keep an eye on the website, and we’ll see you there!
August is here and most people are on leave while the schools are “out”. WICS is no exception and so during this month you may experience some delays in getting replies to your emails due to the various council officers being on leave.
Normal service should be resumed by September, but if you haven’t heard back from us by the second week of September please email the secretary again. Have a great summer.
Dr Hywel Roberts
We have added a new feature to the website in collaboration with Cardiff University. Members may click on the WICS MEDIA RESOURCES tab in the header bar and view slides and soundtracks from recent WICS meetings. Please have a go and feedback if you find it useful or if there are any “bugs”. You will need to sign up for a free “blackboard” website membership to view the content as this is where the content is currently “hosted”.
We are currently looking into the possibilty of issuing electronic certificates for the educational activities for incorporation into revalidation portfolios. More news on this soon hopefully.
Intensive Care Study Day
1st July 2015
Post Graduate Centre
Royal Glamorgan Hospital
(Video linked to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd)
Covering a variety of Critical Care related topics, relevant to those working within this field.
To reserve a free place contact:
email@example.com Eloise.Dawe@wales.nhs.uk or John.Glen@wales.nhs.uk