Press release 4 December 2018: Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre welcomes three new Trustees while saying goodbye to one long-term Trustee.

A Professor of Critical Care Nursing, an NHS Management Consultant and a Professor of Clinical Epidemiology have been appointed as new Trustees to serve on the Board of Management of the Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre (ICNARC), bringing greater diversity, expertise and perspective to board level.

ICNARC is a scientific, not-for-profit organisation that works to help improve the quality of critical care through audit, research and education conducted with, and in the interests of, patients and those who care for them. The Board of Management now comprises 11 Trustees, including four women.

Sue James is a coach and management consultant working mainly in the NHS, having previously worked at CEO level within the NHS for almost 20 years before her retirement in December 2015. Sue said: ‘Throughout my career in NHS Management, we pursued the holy grail of accurate data, to help clinicians benchmark and improve their practice. ICNARC has always been a leader in the provision of such data, for some of the sickest patients we care for in the NHS. I am delighted to become a Trustee and join the Board of Management as ICNARC celebrates its 25th anniversary. I look forward to helping to shape our future strategy as the needs of the NHS grow and evolve.”

Professor Ruth Endacott has been working in critical care practice, education and research for over 30 years and is Professor of Critical Care Nursing at the Plymouth University/Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital Clinical School and at Monash University in Melbourne. Ruth said:As a long-time supporter of ICNARC, I'm aware of the fantastic achievements but also complex challenges facing the world of critical care.  I'm excited to join ICNARC as a Trustee, helping to shape the future strategy, building on achievements and addressing new challenges.”

Professor Jan van der Meulen is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Department of Health Services Research and Policy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Jan has an extensive track record of advisory roles in national clinical audit and health services research. Jan said: “Over the last 25 years, I have always viewed ICNARC as a guiding example of how a small organisation can make a big impact on service evaluation and research, in particular in critical care but also in other areas of acute clinical practice. I’m looking forward to supporting ICNARC as a Trustee, building on my experience in clinical epidemiology and health services research.”

Professor Sir Nick Black , after 16 years' service as a Trustee, is standing down from the Board of Management at the end of December. Nick is Professor of Health Services Research at the LSHTM and has provided expert advice on research, national clinical audit and national policy on quality of care. Nick said: “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to have been involved with ICNARC, having seen it grow from an idea into an internationally respected Centre. Its contribution to improving the quality of critical care through rigorous audit and research, over the past 20 years, is testimony to both past and present dedicated and able staff. As a friend and supporter, I look forward to seeing it continue to excel in the years ahead.”

Bob Nicholls, Chair at ICNARC said: "We are immensely grateful to Nick for his outstanding contribution to ICNARC over a long period. He has brought an invaluable national perspective to our development and helped ensure adherence to rigorous scientific standards in our clinical audit and research work. He will be greatly missed."

Professor Kathy Rowan, Director of Scientific & Strategic Development and Kerrie Gemmill, Managing Director at ICNARC said: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of three new Trustees, while very sad to be saying saying goodbye to Nick. Sue, Ruth and Jan are joining us at a very exciting time as we celebrate 25 years in 2019 and launch our strategy for the next five years. As new Trustees, their skills and expertise will enrich our Board of Management."

ENDS

For further media requests or information about ICNARC, please contact:
Kerrie Gemmill, Managing Director, Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre
Tel: 020 7831 6878 Email: kerrie.gemmill@icnarc.org

Notes to Editors

  • Trustee biographies

Sue James: Sue is a coach and management consultant working mainly in the NHS. Before starting as a coach and management consultant, Sue worked at CEO level within the NHS for almost 20 years before her retirement in December 2015. Sue led Acute Trusts in Barnsley, Warwick and Walsall before joining Derby Teaching Hospitals in 2011. On her retirement, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Leadership Academy for her outstanding contribution to NHS Leadership and an Honorary Doctorate from Derby University for her contribution to the region’s health services. Sue also has previous experience working as a Trustee for Child Advocacy International (now known as Maternal and Childhealth Advocacy International).

Professor Ruth Endacott: Ruth is Professor of Critical Care Nursing, University of Plymouth and Monash University, Melbourne and Director, Plymouth University/Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Clinical School. Ruth has been working in critical care practice, education and research for over 30 years. Ruth brings to the post her experience as Trustee at the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) for eight years, the British Lung Foundation for six years and chair of the Nursing and AHP committee at the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine.

Professor Jan van der Meulen: Jan is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Department of Health Services Research and Policy, LSHTM. Jan studied medicine at the University of Groningen (1985) and received a PhD (neurology / medical physics) from the University of Utrecht (1989). Since 1990, he has worked as a clinical epidemiologist in the Netherlands and the UK. Since 2000, Jan has led national clinical audit units in the Royal College of Surgeons and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, based on academic partnerships with the LSHTM. Jan has an extensive track record of advisory roles in the area of national clinical audit and health services research. 

Professor Sir Nick Black: Nick is Professor of Health Services Research at LSHTM. He chaired the National Advisory Group for Clinical Audit & Enquiries and was a member of the NHS England Board's Quality & Clinical Risk Committee. Nick provides advice on research, national clinical audit and national policy on quality of care to ICNARC.

  • Annually, in the UK, 184,000 adults are admitted to a critical care unit (based on an overall UK total number of admissions to adult general critical care units, excluding admissions to adult specialist, paediatric or neonatal critical care units).
  • The Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre (ICNARC) works to ensure the best possible critical care by facilitating improvements in the structure, process, outcomes and experiences of critical care - for patients and for those who care for them. We achieve this by providing information about the quality of care to those who commission, manage, deliver and experience critical care (both NHS and non-NHS), through our national clinical audits and our clinical/health services research studies
  • 2019 is the 25th anniversary of ICNARC. When ICNARC was established in 1994, two key areas – audit and research – were identified as being important to achieving best care and best outcomes in critical care. ICNARC wanted to bring together the best scientists to collaborate on these areas – and we continue to deliver on this today.
  • Audit at ICNARC is conducted within our National Audit Programme. We co-ordinate national clinical audits that assess care and outcomes for the critically ill, to prompt quality improvement.
  • Research at ICNARC is conducted within our Clinical Trials Unit, a fully registered unit with the UK Clinical Research Collaboration.
  • For further information, please visit www.icnarc.org
  • Follow ICNARC on Twitter @icnarc and on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/intensive-care-national-audit-and-research-centre/

 

News items