Join us 06-08 December 2021 for a packed 3 day virtual SOA. Informing and inspiring you with the latest news and views from Critical Care. Discover our top pick of topics and speakers. Innovative and interactive sessions with traditional (short, sharp) presentations, panel conversations, editorials, lightning/SOAp box talks and poster and prize sessions. Something for everyone. Something for you. Connect, learn and share knowledge.


9.00 - 9.30


9.30 - 9.45

09:30 Liberty Singers (15 minutes)

09:30 Yoga for Breakfast (15 minutes)

9.45 - 12.45

09:45 Introductions (15 minutes)

10:00 Covid Reflections (75 minutes) Jane Garvey in conversation with Chris Whitty and Hugh Montgomery reflecting on the UK experience of COVID 19

Jane Garvey, Chris Whitty, Hugh Montgomery

11:30 Cold and Blue (75 minutes) Professor Mike Tipton and diver Chris Lemons lead us through the physiology of cold immersion

  • Story telling of survival Chris Lemons
  • Physiology of cold immersion and hypoxia survival Mike Tipton
  • Inability to replicate outcomes in trials
12.45 - 13.00

Chairs updates across the streams

13.00 - 17.45

13:00 Industry Insights -Sintetica (60 minutes)

14:15 The Covid Trials (75 minutes)

  • Review of what we learnt: What was right and what was wrong Anthony Gordon, and others.
  • Might the experience shape the way we do studies in the future? Lucy Chappell, Peter Brindley

15:45 Global ICU (60 minutes)

  • Critical care as practised around the world and what we can learn
  • Challenges and opportunities in Global ICU Louise Thwaites, Bharath Kumar Tirupakuzhi Vijayaraghavan, Abi Beane, Finot Debe, Neill Adhikari, Arthur Kwizera, Naomi Hammond, Dhruv Joshi, Ashwani Kumar

17:00 Patient Diaries (45 minutes)

14:15 Year in Review (60 minutes) Manu Shankar Hari takes us through the most important developments in immunotherapy and metabolism with a look forward to what we should expect in the next 2 years

Manu Shankar-Hari

15:30 The Cauldron - Back to the Future (60 minutes) Doctors in training present their most interesting cases.

ICS Trainee Advisory Group 

16:45 Publish and Be Damned (45 minutes) How best to disseminate information. Is traditional peer review dead? Are blogs/ twitter feeds and press releases better?

Naomi Lee, Anthony Gordon, Segun Olusanya, Scott Weingart

17:30 Social Media: Panning for Gold (15 minutes)

Segun Olusanya, David Lyness

14:15 What Have They Ever Done for Us? (75 minutes) What have they ever done for us? A look at the workings/ funding and outputs of a number of NHS and academic institutions

Ramani Moonesinghe, Danny McAuley, Stephen Webb

15:45 Biomarker-Guided Antibiotic Treatment Decisions in Sepsis: Do You Have Clinical Equipoise? (45 minutes)

Paul Dark

  • NIHR PRONTO trial: Neil French and Stacy Todd
  • NIHR BATCH trial: Enitan Caroll
  • NIHR ADAPT-Sepsis: Paul Dark
  • NIHR BATCH COVID: Jonathan Sandoe
  • NICE NIHR HTA health economics: Matthew D Stevenson

16:45 Research Masterclass (60 Minutes)

14:15 Transfer of the Critically Ill (90 minutes) Richard Browne and Scott Grier chair a panel to describe transfer services and changing provisions

Richard Browne, Scott Grier

15:30 Because We Should (15 minutes) Frailty and ICU outcomes - an opinion piece

Lauren Ferrante

15:45 Because We Can (90 minutes) Jugdeep Dhesi describes the POPS experience at GST and leads the discussion using a multi professional panel including patients and carers

Mark Taubert, Jugdeep Dhesi

17.45 - 18.00

Daily round up across the streams

18.00 - 19.00

18:00 The Brindley Interviews (75 minutes) Peter Brindley talks to leading clinical academics and learns from their worst and best research

Peter Brindley, Kathryn Maitland, John Myburgh

19:15 Let's be Sociable


9.00 - 9.30


9.15- 9.30

09:15 Ex Cathedra Singers (15 minutes)

09:15 Yoga for Breakfast (15 minutes)

9.30 - 12.00

09:30 How to do a SuDDICU (45 minutes) John Myburgh and colleagues discuss the complexities of such collaborative working. Including preliminary results on the SuDDICU trial

John Myburgh

10:45 Shoot for the Moon then Back to Earth (75 minutes) The function of the European Space Agency and what we can learn for more earth bound patients. The rise of space tourism and its medical implications.

Jennifer Ngo-Anh, Jim Pawelczyk, Zudin Puthucheary

09:30 Industry Insights - Pfizer (60 minutes)

10:45 Not Just Morning Exercise (30 minutes)

09:30 Mentoring and Coaching (30 minutes) Introduction to mentoring by TAG 

Sara Scott, Nancy Redfern, Liz Thomas

10:15 Sabbaticals and International Working (30 minutes)

Guy Thwaites


09:30 ABCD ICM (75 minutes) Pre-recorded tutorials and practice pearls covering the multi disciplinary breadth of intensive care. Curated by members of TAG. 

11:15 Industry Insights - Dräger Medical UK Ltd (30 minutes)

12.00 - 12.15

Chairs updates across the streams

12.15 - 5.00

12:15 Platform Shoes (45 minutes) Platform trials and rapid trial activity has been a feature of Covid care, Is this a credible strategy? What about international research? What about pharma?

Hugh Montgomery, Matt Rowland and others

13:15 It’s the Journey and the Destination, Part 1 (60 minutes)
Strategies to recognise and prevent reconditioning and promote rehabilitation after critical illness.

Zudin Puthucheary

Critical care physiotherapy outreach.
Therapies prescription the picups tool.
Post ICU syndrome: It's about the food.
Is post Covid care a good template for post ICU care?

David McWilliams, Eve Corner, Danielle Bear more speakers to be confirmed.

14:30 It's the Journey and the Destination, Part 2 (45 minutes)"

15:30 Jump in Folks, the Waters Fine (45 minutes) A look at the UK based trials that are currently recruiting or planning to and how people can participate.

ICS Directors of Research

16:45 Industry Insights - TBC (10 minutes)

12:15 Industry Insights - GE Medical Systems (60 minutes)

13:30 It’s My Skills Not My Badge (Workforce session) (60 minutes) Eve Corner, Nitin Arora and Liz Steveacre pull together a host of contributors to learn from the bedside team around the world

Eve Corner, Liz Staveacre, Nitin Arora

14:30 Rising Star - ICS Gold Medal Presentations (60 minutes)

Jeremy Bewley

15:45 Bugs and Critters (60 minutes)

  • Recognising and treating infection
  • POC analysis: is it really any good?
  • Biomarkers and when to use them
  • Dosing of drugs and therapeutic drug monitoring
  • Phage therapy

16:45 Industry Insights - Boston Scientific Ltd (10 minutes)

12:15 Focussed TOE Launch (30 minutes)

Antonio Rubino

13:00 Future NHS, Future ICU (60 minutes)

  • Horizon scanning
  • What might ICU look like in the future
  • Staffing/ technology/ deliverability

14:15 The Role of a Clinical Virologist (30 minutes)

Cariad Evans

15:00 Ultrasound Ninja (60 minutes) Cases where bedside ultrasound significantly changed care.

Ashley Miller, Marcus Peck

16:45 Industry Insights - TBC (10 minutes)

12:15 It's Common in the Tropics (45 minutes) Common life threatening disease in the tropics rarely seen in the UK, presented by local clinical teams in those countries.

Louise Thwaites, Sophie Yacoub, Arjen Dondorp, Binila Chacko, Soumyadeep Bhaumik

13:30 MDT Diaries - How COVID Changed My Practice (60 minutes) Selected stories from the MDT

15:00 Calling Artemis: Recognition and management of Obstetric critical illness (45 minutes)

Audrey Quinn, Debbie Horner, Tony Kelly

16:30 Industry Insights - Linet (30 minutes)

17.00 - 18.00

Daily round up across the streams

18.00 - 19.00

18:00 Annual Members Meeting


9.15 - 9.30


9.30 - 11.00

09:45 Music and Medicine (75 minutes) The science and practical application of acoustic therapies in critical care 

Artur Jaschke, Maria Eldering, Katie Gallagher, Kirsty Ormston, Jörg Fachner, Alexander Street

09:45 Extreme Exercise (45 minutes)

10:30 Industry Insights - bioMérieux UK Ltd (30 minutes)

09:45 NHS - Contracts, Salaries, Benefits and Pensions (60 minutes)

  • Retirement Planning
  • Working Less than Full Time
  • Job Swaps and Sabbaticals 
  • Negotiating Private Practice
  • Working in Industry

09:45 Industry Insights - TBC (30 minutes)

10:15 Industry Insights - TBC (30 minutes)

11.00  - 11.15

Chairs updates across the streams

11.15 - 15.15

11:15 Year in Review - Most Impactful Publications (45 minutes) The most impactful publications of the last two years 

ICS Directors of Research

12:15 My Head Hurts (105 minutes) A practical and academic summary of brain injury and what we can learn from the practice of neuro ICU. Chaired by Tony Veenith and Matthew Rowland.

Tonny Veenith, Matthew Rowland

  • State of neuro ICU
  • Mechanism of cell injury - the time window for salvation. 
  • Monitoring - what to use / when / how and what does it mean 
  • The bedside EEG 
  • CT scanning tutorials and quiz 
  • Prognostication in brain injury 
  • Anti-epileptics and their wider utility for delirium and pain management 
  • Use of hypertonic fluids for resuscitation
  • Setting up services in resource limited environments 

Matthew Rowland, Beverly Cheserem, Tony Belli, Virginia Newcombe, Peter Hutchinson, Halinder Mangat, Jonathan Rhodes, Celia Bradford, Arun Gupta and others to be announced

14:30 Next disease X (Are we ready?) (45 minutes)

Calum Semple

11:15 Industry Insights - Gilead (60 minutes)

12:45 Staffing for the Future of ICU (Workforce Session) (75 minutes) A multi disciplinary and multi professional panel from around the world discuss how best to deliver critical care, staffing models to use and what defines success. 

14:00 Simulation! Really? (30 minutes) Has the introduction of simulation training really improved care, a personal view. 

Sara-Catrin Cook

11:15 Live Well and Prosper (90 minutes) Wellbeing and its implications on staffing and quality of care

Kevin Fong, Julie Highfield, Stephen Webb, Alison Pittard

13:00 Oral Presentations (75 minutes) The best of submitted abstracts.

14:15 Industry Insights - TBC (10 minutes)

11:15 Family Visiting and the Use of Social Media (45 minutes)

12:15 Stop the Flow (30 minutes) NICE SAH guidance and its likely impact on ICU

Matthew Morgan, Rob Henderson, Tony Belli

13:45 My Body is a Temple (60 minutes) Metabolism, endocrine exhaustion and use of supplements.

Karin Amrein, Emma Ridley and other speakers to be confirmed

15.30 - 16.00

15:30 Best of the Rest: A Roving Eye at All the Recorded Material You Might Have Missed (15 minutes)
15:45 Presentations Awards and Closing Remarks

16.00 - 16.15


We'll be announcing more talks & speakers soon...

The conference is supported by delegate fees and educational grants from various companies who have had no influence over the programme content or speaker choice. Sessions delivered with input from pharmaceutical and/or med tech companies are clearly shown on the programme