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The 29th Paediatric Intensive Care Society Conference

International Convention Centre (ICC Birmingham) # | Birmingham, UK
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Title: The 29th Paediatric Intensive Care Society Conference
Specialty: Intensive Medicine, Pediatrics
Dates: From Sep, 14, 2015 to Sep, 16, 2015
Location: Birmingham, UK
Type: Conference
Registration Cost: From 250 to 660 GBP
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International Convention Centre (ICC Birmingham) #

Birmingham, UK
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PICS 2015 will apply to the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health for 16 CPD credits. We expect approximately 16 credits to be awarded.

Delegates will receive an email post-conference, they will be required to fill out an evaluation form a nd a certificate of attendance will be issued electronically

Delegates Sponsorship: The support of delegates to attend such educationally important Conferences by commercial companies is very important. Such financial support enables many without financial means either personal of by employers to enhance their knowledge and achieve CPD objectives. National Conferences such as the PICS Annual Scientific Meeting represent excellent value and proportionately a more acceptable use of company funds to support delegates.

Concerned Audience:
  • Medical_Professionals
  • Medical_students
  • Nurses
Attendance Details:
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More Info
Badges must be worn at all times during PICS 2015. Replacement badges will be charged at £15 and are available from the Registration Desk. You may also be asked to wear your badge at the social events.
Event Overview
Welcome message:

The host committee at Birmingham Children’s Hospital is really excited about this year’s conference. Not just because it is in Birmingham – so well placed for you all to easily get to, but because this year we have a fantastic opportunity to offer a truly extended international speaker faculty.

PICS has always offered a great Faculty but for 2015 Birmingham Children’s Hospital is also hosting the annual Alumni meeting of the Toronto based Hospital for Sick Children. This means that members of the Toronto Alumni based in both Europe and North America will be in Birmingham for PICS 2015.

We will have Faculty from Europe and Canada supporting those from the UK. Then there are the opinion leaders from around the UK on the Programme. Having such a group in central England creates an opportunity for our specialist nurses and doctors, both qualified and in training, to have access to some great learning opportunities. We also invite delegates from Europe to join us too!

This all makes for a high value conference over three days. The Pre-conference Day includes workshops and opportunities to learn how the “experts” manage patients across the breadth of diagnoses presenting to PICS. In addition to the welcome reception there will be an Alumni meeting on the 14th September. Then for conference day two and three, there is a packed programme with a social interlude at The Banqueting Suites at the Town Hall.

But equally important is the contribution of over 200 delegates that usually attend PICS Annual Meeting in their abstract submissions and presentations. More oral presentations are planned in the Programme this year. Add to this the Awards for Best Abstracts but also Young Investigator grants for both nurses, doctors and scientists offering reductions in registration costs.

So the Birmingham organising committee invites you to invest your time, network, meet old friends and make new at this year PICS Annual (International) Meeting at the International Convention Centre, September 14th-16th.

Event committees:
David Ellis (Chair)
Jane Cassidy
Heather Duncan (Alumni Co-ordinator)
Margaret Farley
Hari Krishnan
Yvonne Heward
Rhian Isaac
Alison Jones
Annemieke Miedema
Kevin Morris
Adrian Plunkett
Barney Scholefield (Programme Director)
Manu Sundaram
Justin Wang
Peter-Marc Fortune (PICS Vice President)
Lynda Pittilla (Corporate Liaison Officer)
Akash Deep (Co-Chair), King’s College Hospital, London
Adrian Plunkett (Co-Chair),
 Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Birmingham
Courses / Workshops within the event


14 September 2015, 08:30-12:00, Austin Court, Birmingham. B1 2NP

Attendees can attend 3 out of the 4 Workshops. When registering attendees should list in order of their preferences which Workshops they wish to attend.

The organisers will allocate on a first come first served basis.

1. Approach to a difficult airway in PICU.

Lead: Dr Steve Cray (Consultant Anaesthetist/PICU).
Faculty: Dr Jimmy Montgomery (Consultant Paediatric Anaesthetist), Dr Dannie Seddon (Consultant Paediatric Anaesthetist)

Attendees will gain:1. Structured approach to the difficult airway patient.
2. APA difficult airway guidelines and their practical application in PICU.
3. Can’t intubate, Can’t ventilate scenarios.
4. Hands-on practical experience of difficult airway manikins using Airtrac, Glidescope and Fibreoptic intubation.

2. Use of Ultrasound in Paediatric Intensive Care.

Lead: Dr Prahb Nayak (Consultant Paediatric Intensivist).
Faculty: Steve Cossey (Lead ANP in PICU), Dr Mani Thyagarajan (Consultant Paediatric Radiologist), Dr Rajesh Phatak (Consultant Paediatric Intensivist), Dr Chris Flannigan (Senior Registrar in PICU), Dr Anthony Assing (Specialist doctor in Paediatric Cardiology).

Attendees will gain:1. ‘Experiential learning’ – Ultrasound guided central vascular access and PICC insertion using manikins and tips to avoid pitfalls.
2. Ultrasound of the chest for pleural and pericardial effusion – hands on experience and video demonstration.
3. Echocardiogram for the Intensivist – 4 chamber view of the heart using transthoracic ultrasound.

3. Advanced communication skills for the Paediatric Intensivist.

Lead: Sr Rachael Morrison (Advanced Nurse Practitioner PICU).
Faculty: Dr Jane Cassidy (Consultant Paediatric Intensivist), Ms Natalie Wilson (Actor)

Attendees will gain:1. Safe and supportive interactive environment for experimental learning using role play and actors to stimulate the part of a parent or colleague. Delegates will guide role play between an actor (as parent) and an Intensivist. Scenario options are: the challenging parent or colleague, passive aggression and breaking bad news.
2. Feedback in role from actors – eg “we said this to you, how did that feel”. This feedback is evidence based and from families feedback.
3. Strategies or tools to improve the quality of future communication.
4. A taster of this model of education.

4. Cerebral function monitoring in PICU.

Lead: Dr Barney Scholefield (Consultant Paediatric Intensivist).
Dr Hari Krishnan (Consultant Paediatric Intensivist).

Attendees will gain:1. Theory and guidance for PICU cerebral function monitoring (CFAM) & EEG monitoring.
2. Scenario based simulation of CFAM monitoring – bedside interpretation, pitfalls and trouble shooting.
3. Demonstration of remote monitoring.

Masterclass Programme

14 September 2015, 13.00 -17.00, Austin Court, Birmingham. B1 2NP

A faculty from the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children Alumni Group will provide a Masterclass addressing difficult topics in PICU. Delegates can pre-book to attend the afternoon Masterclass only.

12.30Coffee on Arrival.
13.00How I run a successful PICU training programme. Peter Cox, Toronto,
13.30How I use HFOV in the child with acute respiratory failure. Peter Rimensberger, Geneve,
14.00How I organize my PICU system of care to provide state of the art care. Peter Laussen, Toronto,
15.00How I use inotropes (and cardiovascular monitoring) in the patient with septic shock. Brian Kavanagh, Toronto.
15.30How I use ECMO in the setting of severe acute respiratory failure. Gail Annich, Toronto.
16.00How I use haemodynamic monitoring to provide state of the art care. Steven Schwartz, Toronto.
16.30How I set up and deliver neuro-ICU. Robert Tasker, Toronto.

Venue: IET, Birmingham: Austin Court. 80 Cambridge St, Birmingham, West Midlands B1 2NP, United Kingdom.

Approximately 3 minutes walk from the International Conference Centre and 10 minutes from the central rail New Street Station.

Social Program

Welcome Reception with guests from the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children Alumni

14th September 2015 – 19.30
The Malt House at Brindley place

After the Pre-conference Workshops and the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children Alumni Meeting there will be the traditional Welcome Reception to the PICS Annual Meeting.

This year we will be enjoying local Birmingham alongside a central canal and using the The Malt House Public House, just a 100m from the International Convention Centre.

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A wholly historic pub with a plush plot by Birmingham’s bustling canal, The Malt House is a Brindley place pub known for its laid back atmosphere and hearty pub fare.

A traditional building that was once a historic maltings, The Malt House is a canal-side staple. Visited by Bill Clinton way back in the day and known for its historic interiors, The Malt House knows very little of the contemporary but plenty of the classic.

The Malt House offers a balcony overlooking the main bar with the traditional wooden awnings, overhanging beams, roaring fireplaces, plus a top notch second floor exterior terrace and a canal-side seating area.

On offer will be ‘canapés’ of the best tradition of British pub food, best enjoyed with a drink and colleagues.

Please pre-book your ticket which is complimentary.

PICS Annual Dinner

15th September 2015 – 19.30 – Birmingham’s Banqueting Suite

After a good day of science it is time to have a fun interlude. This year’s Annual Dinner will aim to have delegates relax and enjoy each others company supplemented by snippets of entertainment, good food and drink and concluding with dancing.

The venue is in the heart of Birmingham city centre, the Council House itself is a beautiful Grade II* listed building, boasting some of the city’s most talked about design. Since its opening, this venue has received and welcomed members of the Royal family, world leaders, media and film stars, people from the literary world and every type of business and organisation and now the PICS 2015 delegates!

The Banqueting Suite offers traditional Victorian elegance as a backdrop to our evening. Please pre-book when you register.

Ticket Price. £60.00

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Registration Cost

Full Conference Reg. Fees: Tuesday 15th September – Wednesday 16th September 2015

Early Registration

Late Registration From: 2015-07-01 To: 2015-09-13
On site Registration
​​PICS Medic
​​Non PICS Medic
PICS Nurse
Non PICS Nurse

The fee includes:Certificate of Attendance, admission to scientific sessions, Exhibition and Posters.All conference materials, tea/coffee and lunch on each day of the Conference.

Other Service Costs

PICS UK 2015 Pre-conference ​Workshops and Masterclass: Monday 14th September 2015

Early Registration

Late Registration From: 2015-07-01 To: 2015-09-14
On site Registration
Specialist in Training
PICS Nurse

The morning section offer four workshops from which each delegates states their preferences for three to attend. The afternoon offers a masterclass featuring a Faculty from Toronto Hospital for Sick Children.All day delegate registration fee includes:attendance at three Workshops and the Masterclass, refreshment breaks and lunch, badge and course materials and Certificate of Attendance.Afternoon Delegate registration fee includes: attendance at the Masterclass, Coffee or tea on arrival, badge and course materials and Certificate of Attendance.

Group Registrations:

Group registrations not allowed

Accompanying Persons:

Accompanying persons not allowed

Registration Documents:
Letter of invitation:
We don’t provide letter of invitation
Letter of confirmation:
We don’t provide Letter of Confirmation
Proof of professional / educational status:
We don’t need Proof of professional/educational status
Online Abstract Submission:

We don’t accept Online Abstracts

Registration / Cancelation Terms and Conditions:

Submission of an on-line booking represents entry into a contract with PICS UK and the relevant fees become due on submission of a booking, whether or not the delegate attends the event.A Cancellation Policy is in place (see below) Early Payment Discounts are available for booking up to 30th June 2015 and paying by credit/debit card or bank transfer. If you book at the Early Payment Discount rate, you must pay within 14 days of the 30th June deadline. Failure to get payment by the deadline the discount will be lost and the Standard Registration Fees will apply. If you pay by credit or debit card, a small processing fee (3.5%) is added which is charged by the card processing companies and cannot be absorbed by the event.A ll Fees – WITHOUT EXCEPTION – MUST be received by Monday 14th September 2015. If payment is not received by this date, then the delegate will need to pay the ‘On-Site Rate’ on arrival at the event.

Notification of cancellation must be made in writing to the Organising Secretariat, to ​. Registration cancellations will be accepted until 1st September with a refund as follows:​ Emailed prior or on 1st August 2015Full refund (less £35 administration fee)Emailed from or on 1st August 2015 to 1st September 2015​50% refund (or 50% payment to be made to PICS UK if fees not already paid at time of cancellation)Emailed after 1st September 2015 – No refunds will be given (or 100% payment to be made to PICS UK if fees not already paid at time of cancellation)Registration for this event is on-line only

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This section will be different to what you have been used to for international medical conferences. For PICS 2015 Birmingham delegates we will offer advice as to how to get the best available price for your accommodation in Birmingham and this may mean booking independently for individuals or to booking through us to be part of groups in hotels. This is because of the way that the main Birmingham hotels work.

The Birmingham accommodation market works a little like a commodity market: room costs can vary from day to day depending on the decisions of the Revenue Manager at any given hotel and group allocations are often more costly in some brands of hotel.

Our aim is to offer good advice, profile good value accommodation leading into the Conference.

The selection of accommodation options will change during the lead-in to the Conference as hotels become full or the rates of other options become competitive and so should be listed.

Location of Hotels:

The hotels listed here have been identified because they are easy to get to from the Conference Venue (International Conference Centre) by foot or at most they are a few stops by bus.

The travel time is indicated next to each hotel option. Note: There are no conference transfer buses laid on for delegates as the Conference is in the heart of Birmingham.

For detailed travel information click here

Accommodation Options and Cost

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Hyatt Regency Hotel
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Radisson Blu Hotel
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Novotel Birmingham
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Nitenite Hotel
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Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre
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Holiday Inn Express Birmingham – Snow Hill
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ibis Styles Birmingham Centre
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Submission Info

The PICS 2015 Conference Scientific Committee would like to invite authors and departments to submit abstracts for this Conference.


The Paediatric Intensive Care Society is offering prizes for the best poster and best oral presentations that demonstrate the most valuable contribution to paediatric patient care in the PIC Units.

Abstract submission deadline 2015-06-30
Editorial Guidelines for Abstract Submission

Please read the following Abstract Submission Guidance carefully, before you submit an abstract: 
We have aimed to keep the Abstract Submission process as simple as possible – so if you have not previously submitted an abstract, now is your opportunity!

Instructions for Submission:

  1. Your abstract must be received by 30th June 2015 midnight BST
  2. Your abstract must be submitted in English
  3. Your abstract MUST be submitted by E-Mail as an attachment in Word format not as part of the text to
  4. Final versions of abstracts will only be accepted: Files with tracking amendments modes will not be accepted
  5. Faxed or posted abstracts will not be accepted for submission
  6. Your abstract must not exceed 300 words including References
  7. Use of figures and tables in abstracts: A maximum of one table or figure may be included in each abstract. The word count within the table / figure must be included in the overall word count.
  8. The author submitting the abstract is the Corresponding Author and this author’s contact details must be clearly given (address, tel, email)
  9. Please indicate in your e-mail whether you prefer oral presentation or poster presentation or work will be considered for both.
  10. Please state which category is most relevant to your submission (See above)
  11. Your abstract should be structured according to the following format:Title of the Abstract (IN CAPITAL LETTERS)Authors (initials with full stops after each, then surname; the name of the Presenting Author must be underlined) and AffiliationsAbstracts of clinical studies and audits should include the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results and ConclusionCase report abstracts should include Introduction, Case summary and ConclusionReferences (max 3 using Vancouver style)Information to note
  1. The decision of the Review Committee on the acceptability of the abstract is while preferences for oral or poster presentations will be considered, the Committee may offer the alternative format. No correspondence on their decision can be initiated by the author(s)
  2. ALL PRESENTING AUTHORS MUST REGISTER AS DELEGATES WITHOUT EXCEPTION and the submission of an abstract serves as confirmation of the presenter’s availability to attend and pay for being at the Conference.
  3. All abstracts will be acknowledged. If you have not had a confirmation of receipt within 7 days of your submission, please contact the Abstract Secretariat at
  4. Instructions on the timings and duration of oral presentations and the format and size of posters will be given in the result correspondence which will be issued by 21st July 2015 if not earlier. If an abstract cannot be presented at the conference, the Secretariat must be notified in writing ahead of the conference to avoid compromise to the professionalism of the event.
  5. The PICS 2015 scientific faculty reserves the right to accept or refuse an abstract, to designate abstracts as either oral or poster presentations and to choose a suitable session for the abstract.
  6. Declaration of Consent to Publication and Assignation of Copyright: By submitting an abstract the authors collectively accept the following:I confirm that I previewed this abstract and that all information is correct. I accept that the content of this abstract cannot be modified or corrected after final submission and I am aware that it will be published exactly as submitted.Submission of the abstract constitutes my consent to publication (e.g. conference website, programs, other promotions, etc.)The Abstract Submitter warrants and represents that he/she is the sole owner or has the rights of all the information and content (“Content”) provided to PICS 2015 Conference and Paediatric Intensive Care Society in the UK (Hereafter: “The Organisers”). The publication of the abstract does not infringe any third party rights including, but not limited to, intellectual property rights.The Abstract Submitter grants the Organisers a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable nonexclusive license to use, reproduce, publish, translate, distribute, and display the Content.The Organisers reserve the right to remove from any publication an abstract which does not comply with the above.I herewith confirm that the contact details saved in this system are those of the corresponding author, who will be notified about the status of the abstract. The corresponding author is responsible for informing the other authors about the status of the abstract.
Scientific Awards

PICS 2015 Best Presentation Awards

PICS 2015 will be granting best presentation awards to the best oral and poster abstracts presented during the conference. ​

2 awards in the amount of £250 will be granted to oral presentations.

2 award in the amount of £200 will be granted to an oral poster presentation.

1 award in the amount of £100 will be granted to a poster presentation.

Winners will be announced during the Conference Closing Ceremony on Wednesday 16thSeptember 2015 at around 15:30.

Sponsors Exhibitors
General Info

Thank you for visiting this page.

The 29th Paediatric Intensive Care Society Annual Meeting 2015 will provide sponsors and exhibitors with exposure and access to delegates who have the capacity to influence the selection of products, equipment and services within their PIC departments.

For 2015 the organisers have introduced new profiling opportunities connected with education, a reduction in the cost per sq. meter plus like to encourage submitting abstracts from their research.

Importantly PICS recognises that your company will aim to have a return on its investment so we ask that you speak with Peter Mainprice at Index Communications Meeting Services with your company’s needs and objectives and we can help work towards them.

For details on what is on offer please view the Prospectus.

Exhibition Housing Info
Please view the Prospectus for full details and more information.

Exhibition Only Packages (please make your booking by completing the Booking Form. To discuss your company needs please contact Peter Mainprice here»).

Space Fee charges will be based on a multiple of two stand sizes and on location within the space available at the venue and includes:

Benefits and Acknowledgements
It is the express intention of the Meeting Organising Committee to ensure that participating companies receive a return on the investment and their generous support

General benefits will include the following:

  • Acknowledgement, link and editorial on the meeting website pre and post conference dates
  • Editorial in the Programme catalogue.
  • Acknowledgement with company logo in the Final Programme and against sponsored item with own branding
  • Use of meeting logo on company communications relating to the PICS Meeting 2015
  • Quarter page advertisement in the Programme Book
  • Cleaning of gangways and common area
  • Complementary two tickets to the Welcome Reception

Charges for space is set at £460.00 per sqm plus VAT (this represents a large reduction in sqm rates from 2014). Minimum booth area available is 6sqm.

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