Paediatric Critical Care Society Trainee’s Audit and Research Collaborative Network

PICSTAR is a collaborative network for Paediatric Critical Care Society (PCCS) trainees and other interested parties (eg. Paediatric Intensive Care Medicine (PICM) Advanced Nurse Practitioners and PICM clinical fellows). PICSTAR was founded by two PICM grid trainees to enable trainees to become involved in multi-centre, national audit and research projects.

How does it work?

PICSTAR will hold a secure database of its members and representatives from Paediatric Intensive Care Units (PICU) and Paediatric Intensive Care Transport Services across the UK. There will be one local representative from each PICU/Transport service who will co-ordinate projects locally (within their PICU). PICSTAR projects (audits, surverys or small research projects) will be advertised to local representatives who will then co-ordinate local data collection with local PICSTAR members. Results will be published nationally bearing the PICSTAR name and logo with all contributors being individually named. All material proposed for publication resulting from collaborative network efforts would be reviewed prior to publication to assure quality.


How do I get involved?

If you would like to join PICSTAR please email

Suggestion for a PICSTAR project?

We welcome suggestions for national PICSTAR projects. If you have ideas and would like to discuss them further please contact us at


Current Projects


Our first project, DRiP, a national audit on the management of fluid in DKA in PICU is about to launch. All volunteers involved in data collection will be acknowledged in any publications or presentations. This is an excellent opportunity to improve the research, audit and QI aspects of your CV. Please contact us if you are interested in participating.


PICSTAR Committee:

Dr Anna Barrow
Year 2 National Grid Trainee in PICM
ST7 Anaesthesia and ICM
Bristol Children’s Hospital

Dr Carla Thomas
PCCS Trainee Representative
Year 2 National Grid Trainee in PICM
ST8 Paediatrics
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool

Scientific Advisor: Dr Barney Scholefield, Consultant Paediatric Intensivist, Birmingham Children’s Hospital