Workshop Programme 

Wednesday 14th Septmber 2022

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Mobile ECMO

Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy 



Critical Care Transport

Mobile ECMO

Leads:  Gail Faulkner, ECMO Coordinator, Neonatal, Paediatric & Adult ECMO Service

Chris Harvey, ECMO Consultant and EMCHC ECMO Director

Claire Westrope, Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care and ECMO Clinical lead for PIC

Leicester prides itself in being a lead provider of mobile ECMO.

This workshop will provide the delegate with a unique and exclusive opportunity to witness our mobile ECMO team in action!

Get up-close and personal in a simulated The Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA) to get a feel for why teamwork and communication play a vital role in successful mobile ECMO. 

This workshop is open to all medical, nursing and allied health professionals working in or alongside paediatric critical care with an interest in ECMO or critical care transport. 

Key Learning Objectives:
1. To gain insight into the intricacies of transferring a patient on ECMO and the relevant equipment from the referring centre onto the TCAA stretcher.

2. To observe and experience loading of the stretcher into a simulated TCAA helicopter environment.

3. To consider and learn about potential troubleshooting tips at base and inflight.

4. To gain understanding of what to expect from the TCAA and Mobile ECMO team; and how to assist and prepare for their arrival.

5. To learn about safety concepts pertaining to safe transfer on ECMO including helicopter

Spaces are limited to 10 per workshop.

The Workshop will be run at 09.00 and at 14.00. Please select your preferred workshop time.

Registration Fee:  £80.00


Supported by an educational grant from: 

Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT) 

Leads: Fiona Taylor, Senior Sister in CPICU, University Hospitals Of Leicester NHS Trust

Kate Peace, Renal Critical Care Educator; East Midlands, East of England and South Yorkshire

Akash Deep, Director -Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, King's College Hospital, & Professor in Paediatric Critical Care, King's College London


This workshop is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and understanding for the effective utilisation of CRRT in critically ill children including anticoagulation. This will be achieved by using practice based learning, interactive case-based scenarios and group exercises. The Baxter PrisMax machine will be used for this workshop.

The workshop is open to all medical and nursing staff that have an interest in CRRT and will be a great opportunity to improve their daily practice, acquire new perspectives and share experience with peers.

Key Learning Aims/Objectives:
1. Understand fundamentals and underlying concepts of CRRT including indications and timing for therapy initiation.

2. Learn about the process for decision-making when prescribing and delivering CRRT.

3. Practical exposure to machine set-up, troubleshooting common alarms and monitoring.

4. To learn about the use of citrate anticoagulation in the paediatric population on CRRT.

5. To appreciate the use of CRRT whilst on ECMO and how this would work practically.

6. To consider potential challenges during treatment

Spaces are limited to 20 per workshop.

The Workshop will be run at 09.00 and at 14.00. Please select your preferred workshop time.

Registration Fee:  £80.00

Supported by an educational grant from: 


Course Full - waiting list available

Convenor: Dusan Raffaj, Cons Paed Intensivist,  Children’s Hospital Nottingham,    Notthingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

CACTUS is a bespoke PCCS endorsed and accredited programme, formed of 2 parts. This pre-conference workshop forms the first part of this.

This workshop involves hands-on opportunities with live patients (where possible) in small groups of 4 delegates working through 6 stations exploring the value of bedside point of care ultrasound to complement clinical assessment. This is a whole day course.

This workshop is aimed at medical, nursing and allied health professionals working in paediatric critical care environments.   (PIC/PEM/Paediatrics/NIC)

 Learning Aims/Objectives:
1. Basic physics of ultrasound, probe selection and image optimisation.

2. The use of ultrasound as an adjunct to clinical assessment of the various systems:

a. Lung examination – assessing in respiratory failure, excluding pneumothorax, assessing for pleural effusion and pulmonary oedema
b. Heart examination – child in shock; cardiac function, intravascular volume assessment.
c. Abominal examination – free fluid in the abdomen, urinary bladder assessment.

3. To learn tips and tricks to obtain vascular access and line insertion.

4. The delegate will be declared “Novice” on the CACTUS accreditation pathway and will be able to continue developing subsequent competency through practical skill acquisition and being mentored in POCUS in their home institution or on a specific fellowship.

 Faculty members include:
Michael Griksaitis PICU Consultant, Southampton Children's Hospital
Patrick Davies, PICU Consultant, Nottingham Children's Hospital
Bogdana Zoica , PICU Consultant, Kings College Hospital
Avishay Sarfatti, PICU Consultant, Oxford Children's Hospital
Peter Shires, POCUS Fellow, Southampton Children's Hospital
Julia Vujcikova, Consultant PICU, University Hospitals Leicester
Dusan Raffaj, PICU Consultant, Nottingham Children's Hospital

Spaces are limited to 24 for the workshop.

The Workshop will be run at 08.30 to 17.00. Refreshments are included

Registration Fee:  £180.00


Songbirds Music UK are a community interest company delivering high quality specialised music projects and training in health, disability and community settings for children, young people and families affected by medical conditions, hospitalisation and disability.  
Our exciting partnership sees a half day workshop led by 2 specialist health musicians, a Paediatric Critical Care Ward Manager and Play Leader.  
The workshop is open to all professionals (nurses, play staff, commissioners) interested to gain a deeper understanding of the use of live musical interaction programmes in paediatric critical care, and the benefits of such programmes for patients, families, staff and thewider clinical environment.  Please note: no specialist musical knowledge is required. However - if delegates have/play instruments (either your own, or hospital percussion instruments you have available) we would encourage you to bring them to use in the session!
In a relaxed and friendly environment, we will cover the following Learning objectives:
 1. To gain an understanding of the Sound Environments team collaboration, our practice model and its implementation in paediatric critical care
2. To understand the role of hospital musicians, and the value of creative health partnerships combining musical,clinical and non-clinical disciplines  
3. To develop take away skills and confidence in using simple musical techniques with child patients, to support wellbeing, communication and patient agency 


Jessica Tomlinson, Songbirds Associate Musician, Songbirds Music UK

Chloe Hayward, Songbirds Associate Musician, Songbirds Music UK

Eleanor Aston, Matron for PICU, Paediatric Critical Care, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

Polly Duggan, Play Leader attached to ICU and HDU, Therapeutic and Specialised Play Department, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

More information: 

Spaces are limited to 15 per workshop.

The Workshop will be run at 09.00 and at 14.00. Please select your preferred workshop time when booking.

Registration Fee:  £80.00


Comet Critical Care Transport Workshop: 


Lead Faculty:

Bedangshu Saikia, Consultant Pediatric Intensivist
Anand Patil, Consultant Intensivist, East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre
Abi Hill, Lead Transport Nurse COMET
Lisa Liveing, COMET Education Lead
Nikki Justice, COMET Education Lead
Thalita Grossman, Locum Consultant COMET 
Dan Walsh, Advanced Clinical Practitioner, COMET

Delivered by CoMET, East Midland’s PCC Transport Service.


Come and join us to understand how transport works, resources needed, preparations, troubleshooting, communications etc and most importantly time critical transfers.

There are two 4hr workshops,  limited to 15 participants max each for medical and nursing professionals

The workshop is aimed at a multi-disciplinary team of professionals including (but not limited to) anaesthetists, operating department practitioners (ODP), nurse practitioners, paediatric high dependency, emergency department doctors, nurses, nursing assistants, medical and nursing students. 

Learning Aims/Objectives:
1. Gain understanding of the necessary equipment and resources required to safely transfer a critically ill/injured infant or child from one hospital to tertiary/quarternary centre.

2. To learn about the monitoring and treatments available and deliverable in a “mobile ICU”and experience preparing and transferring a child into an ambulance.

3. To understand the indications for time-critical transfer and the intricacies of human factors, communication and necessary steps for efficient and safe mobilisation.

4. To consider troubleshooting options whilst mobile in an ambulance and learn about safety of the patient and team during land transfer.

Spaces are limited to 15 per workshop.

The Workshop will be run at 09.00 and at 14.00. Please select your preferred workshop time when booking.

Registration Fee:  £80.00