Visiting Professional Programme – Paediatric ICU
The Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust Paediatric ICU Visiting Professional Programme (VPP) is designed to provide international visiting professionals with the opportunity to experience our paediatric ICU unit first hand. The programme is a unique chance to be fully integrated within the quaternary PICU based on Forest Ward at Evelina London, one of the largest providers of children’s services in London and at the forefront of clinical activity, training and research.
This unique Paediatric ICU Visiting Professional Programme enables visiting professionals to work within the lead centre PICU for the South Thames Critical Care network and one of the biggest mixed (general and cardiology) paediatric ICUs in the UK. Evelina London PICU is one of the few UK mixed general and cardiac PICU’s with an integrated retrieval service, providing emergency transport for critically ill children from the South East of England. Evelina PICU is also is one of the first units in the UK to provide an in-house bronchoscopy and airway stenting service delivered from within the PICU consultant team. Teaching and training is a major focus in the PICU and a national course for training paediatric critical care advanced nurse practitioners is delivered from within the PICU consultant body. The paediatric research lead for Evelina is a consultant in the paediatric ICU, making this programme ideal for those wishing to witness the mechanics of research as part of their programme. Visiting professionals will also be working within one of the most innovative paediatric units in the country with the national diabetic guidelines driven from the PICU, first unit in the UK to train and use paediatric critical care advanced nurse practitioners on retrieval, first paediatric emergency drug calculator in the UK pioneered by the Evelina unit and the involvement of parents during the transfer process and subsequent care of their children in PICU.
The programme has been designed by our clinical leads to provide a unique development experience which enables visiting professionals to broaden their clinical expertise in the PICU and on retrieval and learn new skills that can be transferred back to their workplace. We are excited to deliver exclusive access to observe and work alongside our Evelina Hospital PICU team based on Forest Ward, and to provide an opportunity for international professionals to gain insight into our Trust and the role that clinicians within paediatric ICUs play within the NHS.
Overall programme aims
The programme is aimed at those who wish to extend their expertise in paediatric ICU in the UK.
The programme aims to include:
- Direct experience and exposure of ward rounds and sub-specialty activities including cardiology, retrieval, radiology and bronchoscopy
- Recognition, stabilisation and resuscitation of all common paediatric emergencies
- Management of ICU procedures including paediatric intubation and vascular access
- Involvement with our leading research programme and clinical research meetings
- Opportunities to attend and contribute in our multidisciplinary meetings
- Regular clinical educational meetings
- The chance to undertake hands on clinical practice. Please note that this is dependent on programme duration and previous experience (not for observers)