About ICNSW

Our vision is that the people of NSW have timely access to quality Intensive care, close to where they live.

Intensive Care NSW has been established to promote the delivery of quality intensive care. We do this through sharing knowledge and ideas, and we provide a foundation for intensive care clinicians to partner with key stakeholders to:

  • support and lead innovation;
  • ensure adequate and efficient intensive care capacity in NSW;
  • assist NSW intensive care clinicians in achieving outcomes important to patients and their families;
  • advocate on behalf of NSW consumers and clinicians.

Intensive Care NSW is a part of the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI).

Did you know that…

  • Over 1 million people are treated as in-patients each year in NSW hospitals.
  • More than 50,000 adult patients are treated in intensive care annually.
  • Intensive Care services determine the acuity of patients that can be safely cared for, the complexity of surgery that the hospital can offer and procedures that can be undertaken at each facility.
  • A broad range of patients rely on access to intensive care, including patients with complex medical and surgical problems, patients who have undergone major surgery, people suffering injuries from trauma, organ transplant recipients and patients with burns.

Intensive Care NSW History

In 2003 the Intensive Care Implementation Group (now known as NSW Critical Care Taskforce) recognised the need for a structured overview of intensive care services, which resulted in the formation of an Adult Intensive Care Coordination and Monitoring Unit (ICCMU). ICCMU’s original role included:

  • monitoring intensive care activity and ability of system to meet demand;
  • researching into patterns of intensive care demand and staffing;
  • developing and maintain a central data repository for Local Health District benchmarking and other quality activities’ related to intensive and critical care.

In 2012 ICCMU came under the umbrella of the Agency for Clinical Innovations (ACI) as part of the Surgery, Anaesthetics and Critical Care Portfolio (SACC).

The following year the ACI Intensive Care Service Network (ICSN) was established to support staff & organisations in the delivery of high-quality patient care in intensive care services through coordination, networking and research. The network included clinician working and advisory groups. These groups were responsible for designing, supporting and leading priority pieces of work identified by the ICSN executive requiring a state-wide approach.

ICCMU’s role was to support the work and function of the ICSN.

Intensive Care Service Network Executive

In November 2016, representatives of the Intensive Care Service Network, the Intensive Care Coordination and Monitoring Unit and other key stakeholders attended an Intensive care planning workshop to reassess the future purpose and function of the ICSN and ICCMU, including reviewing the networks work priorities.

Recommendations from the workshop included:

  1. the ICSN and ICCMU amalgamate into one entity;
  2. the new entity be known as Intensive Care NSW to better reflect its the role and function.
  3. the need to develop a 5-year strategic plan that incorporates six key priority areas for Intensive Care NSW:
    • Build and maintain effective partnerships
    • Ensure operational agility
    • Monitor value outcomes
    • Inform demand and capacity planning
    • Research
    • Building leadership capability

In May 2017, the ICSN and ICCMU joined together to form Intensive Care NSW under the umbrella of the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI).