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WICS Law Commission Deprivation of Liberty Consultation Response

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

 

ECG interpretation and Palliative Care Study Day

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 bethangibson@doctors.org.uk or Eloise.Dawe@wales.nhs.uk.

Full details are also on the flyer below.

ECG Palliative Care Study Day Poster v2

Law Commission Consultation on Deprivation of Liberty Legislation

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

WICS Chair

Change of date for Summer Meeting 2016

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!

Summer Break

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

WICS Chair

WICS Media Resources

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.