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About us

This website is a COVID-specific version of a website that was previously developed to support patients and families recovering after Intensive Care: criticalcarerecovery.com.It has been funded with support from the LifeLines project and Kings Fund Health Partners. 

We are using published guidelines from several professional groups on recovery and rehabilitation after COVID-19 to guide us, although these may change as the pandemic evolves. These include, for example, those of the Intensive Care Society, the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care and the British Dietetic Association.

We are working closely with frontline ICU and hospital staff who are caring for patients recovering after COVID (some of whom are listed below), to help identify the types of issues that patients are facing and resources to support them. We are also working with ICUsteps, the UK's leading patient-led group, to gather patients' and family members' experiences, including accessing the associated Healthunlocked web pages.  

Healthcare professionals who have helped review and/or add content to this website

  • Laura Allum, physiotherapist at Guys' and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust (London)
  • Chloe Apps, physiotherapist at Guys' and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust (London)
  • Penny Firshman, occupational therapist at Kings College Hospital (London)
  • Sally Kaighin, senior speech and language therapist at Ninewells Hospital (Dundee)
  • Cat Lawrence, physiotherapist at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Corrienne McCulloch, lead research nurse at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
  • Dr Cathy McKenzie, clinical academic pharmacist at Kings College Hospital, London 
  • Sinead O'Halloran, consultant pharmacist in critical care at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust 
  • Zoe vanWilligen, physiotherapist at University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust

Finally, we wanted to make the website as easy to use as possible,and were very lucky to work with a company who are experts in making websites user friendly.

We really hope you find this website useful and wish you all the very best on your own recovery journey. Please do let us know if you find it helpful and if there is anything that could be improved upon.You can do this via the Suggestions Box on the Homepage.