Posted on June 28, 2011 in delirium news by Valerie PageComments Off

An ICU research fellow post has been created at Watford General Hospital to work with Dr Valerie Page on the Hope-ICU trial (ISRCTN 83567338).  Hope-ICU is a landmark study in ICU delirium on ventilated ICU patients comparing intravenous haloperidol with placebo.  There will be opportunities to take part and help develop other related research ideas and additional support from Dr Daqing Ma Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London.

The post is currently funded for 1 year - think about it, this may be the year that will make a whole difference to your career whether you are looking for a future in academic medicine, looking to change over into one or just would appreciate the experience. 

Details and application via the NHS jobs website, reference 360-338 or search under medical jobs, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust.  Closing date July 21st.

Further details from

Posted on June 21, 2011 in delirium news by Valerie PageComments Off

The prestigious Delirium Champion Award from the American Delirium Society has been awarded this year to the European Delirium Association.  Professor Alasdair MacLullich, a founder member of the EDA, was proud to accept this on behalf of the European Delirium Society at the recent inaugural conference of the ADS.  It recognises the EDA “for their advocacy, leadership and numerous contributions to the advancement of delirium science and care”.

(It is interesting to note that the EDA was actually born in the States, out of a late night discussion between like-minded Europeans committed to making a real difference for patients.)

 Congratulations to the EDA!

Posted on June 21, 2011 in delirium news by Valerie PageComments Off

Do you have strong views on the use of restraints? Or are you ambivalent?  Or maybe you feel you just don’t know enough?  Later in the year, there are 2 meetings addressing this issue in the south of England.

 STICUMUP (South Thames Intensive Care Unit Managers Group) are hosting a day dedicated to “Fighting for Better Patient Care” on 14th October in Crawley, see for further details. 

The Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Critical Care Network have provisionally organised a day conference on Delirium and Restraints for Monday September 12th to be held in Cambridge.  More details from Kimberly Giraud, Clinical Trial Co-ordinator at the Papworth Hospital –