Pre-conference Courses

Wednesday 19thSeptember

PICS Multiprofessional Research Day

A day for the multi-disciplinary team in PICU wishing to improve their research planning, project and reporting.

10.00 Welcome Dora Wood, Bristol
10.15 Turning your clinical problem into a research question Dr Lyvonne Tume, Associate Professor, UWE, Bristol
10.50 Basics of conducting a systematic review Prof Bronagh Blackwood, Queen's University, Belfast
11.30 Translating your clinical question into a study proposal Dr Paul Whybrow, Senior Research Fellow, University Hospitals Bristol and University of the West of England
12.15 Lunch and networking  
1300 Basic statistical testing – where do I start? Shane Tibby, Consultant Intensivist, Evelina London Children's Hospital
13.40 Ethical issues in conducting PICU research Dr Lyvonne Tume, Associate Professor, UWE, Bristol
14.15 Pursuing the Clinical academic pathway: The nurse experience of doctoral fellowship Joseph Manning, Senior Research Fellow, Nottingham University
14.30 The medical experience of a fellowship Barney Scholefield, NIHR Post-doctoral fellow and consultant intensivist Birmingham
14.45 Coffee break  
15.00 New trial designs – Pragmatic, Platform, Adaptive and Basket trials – what are they? Prof Mark Peters, UCL
15.30 Why do we need collaborative trials? Professor Andy Wolf
16.00 Optional: Meet the professors and experienced researchers  to discuss your research idea or study.
(maximum one hour)
Prof Mark Peters, UCL
Prof Bronagh Blackwood, Queen's University, Belfast
Dr Lyvonne Tume, Associate Professor, UWE, Bristol
Shane Tibby, Consultant Intensivist, Evelina London Children's Hospital

Registration Fee:

PICS Members Non-members  
Consultant £50.00 £80.00 If registering for the
PICS Annual Meeting
£70 £100 If registering for
the Course only
Trainee/PICS Nurse/Allied Health Professional £30.00 £50.00 If registering for the
PICS Annual Meeting
£50 £70 If registering for
the Course only

Limited to 50 places

Children’s ACute UltraSound (CACTUS) Introduction Course

Bedside ultrasonography of the critically unwell child is an emerging skill. Until now there has been no national coherent programme which gives education and training in this vital tool in the care of very unwell children.

Developed with the team from the Intensive Care Society’s CUSIC course, the CACTUS (Children’s ACute UltraSound) accreditation is a comprehensive training programme with teaching, hands on experience, and mentorship, which will lead to an accepted accreditation in this skill.

Specifically aimed at the paediatric practitioner, this one day introductory course will focus on the child in respiratory failure, the child in shock, and practical ultrasound application. It acts as the (voluntary) entry point in to the CACTUS programme, with children to practice on, and state of the art equipment to trial.

This course is aimed at all practitioners who are keen to develop, or demonstrate their skill in this modality.

This course is being coordinated by Dusan Raffaj, on behalf of the CACTUS committee,

Course faculty:

Dusan RaffajDusan Raffaj, CACTUS Course Lead. - Consultant Paediatric Intensivist, Nottingham University Hospital.

Patrick DaviesPatrick Davies - Lead Consultant, for the Paediatric Critical Care, Unit in Nottingham Children’s, Hospital.

Troy DominguezTroy Dominguez - consultant paediatric cardiac intensivist, Great Ormond Street Hospital. London

Michael GriksaitisMichael Griksaitis - Consultant Paediatric Intensivist at Southampton Children's Hospital

Peter KenderessyPeter Kenderessy - Department of Paediatric Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Banská Bystrica

Jennie StephensJennie Stephens - Consultant in Acute and Intensive Care Medicine, Royal Cornwall Hospital.

Bodgana ZoicaBodgana Zoica - Paediatric Intensivist and sonographer


cactusChildren’s ACute UltraSound (CACTUS) Introduction Course
Introduction to the course
08:30 Registration
09:00 Ultrasound in Paediatric Critical Care
09:30 Knobology, Probe Selection & the Machine

The Child in Respiratory Failure

09:50 Lung Ultrasound: How do you scan the lungs? What does normal lung look like? Is there effusion, pneumothorax, oedema or consolidation?
10:45 Coffee
10:55 Hands on Using the Machine: Hands on Lung Ultrasound

The Child in Shock

12:00 Cardiac Ultrasound: How do you scan the heart? Does the child need an inotrope, vasopressor or volume? Is there a pericardial effusion/tamponade?
12:40 Break Out Groups: Hands on Cardiac Ultrasound
13:30 Lunch
14:00 Cranial Ultrasound: How & why do you scan the brain? Is there hydrocephalus? Is there a bleed?
14:20 Abdominal Ultrasound: How do you ‘FAST’ scan the abdomen? Is there free fluid? Is the bladder full?
14:40 Hands on Abdominal Ultrasound

Practical Ultrasound Application

15:25 Ultrasound & Vascular Access: Top tips. Thrombosis
15:45 Ultrasound During Cardiac Arrest
16:20 Free Scanning Session for any body system. Vascular Access Phantom Available
17:00 End

Registration Fee:

If registering for the
PICS Annual Meeting
If registering for
the Course only
PICS Members £125.00 £180.00
Non-members £175.00 £230.00

Limited to 30 places

Registration is available here

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