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The Intensive Care Unit Support Teams for ex-ICU Patients (ICUStepswas founded in 2005 by ex-patients, their relatives and ICU staff to support patients and their families through the long road to recovery from critical illness.


Our aims are to:

    • Support patients and relatives affected by critical illness.Promote recognition of the physical and psychological consequences of critical illness through education of the medical profession and the general public.
    • Encourage research into treatment and the prevention of these issues.

ICUSteps is the United Kingdom's only support group for people who have been affected by critical illness and has helped many former patients, their relatives and medical staff from organisations around the world.

Regional ICUSteps Drop-in Sessions


2pm – 4pm


St. Cuthbert’s Parish Centre,

 Stokesley Road,



 TS7 8JU


 South of Tyne 

2pm – 4pm



St. Aloysius Church Hall,

 Prince Consort Road,


 Tyne & Wear 

 NE31 1BE


North of Tyne

2pm – 4pm


The Linskill Centre, 

Linskill Terrace, 

North Shields, 

NE30 2AY


2pm – 4pm


St Begh's Social Centre, 

Coach Road, 



CA28 7TE

Mick Gray is chairman of the ICU Steps North of Tyne support group. 

As an ex-patient of ICU in three different hospitals Mick has personal experience of the physical and psychological challenges that a period in ICU brings for patients. He believes that ex-ICU patients are in a unique position to support each other as they have a shared understanding of the issues from a patient's perspective.

In Mick's own words "I am involved with ICU Steps as it gives me the opportunity to provide support to other ex-patients whilst at the same time “giving something back” in thanks for the fantastic work of the NHS staff who saved my life".   



Dave Allen is chairman of the ICU Steps South of Tyne support group. 

After spending 4 months in critical care and both his girlfriend and family being told he only had two days to live, Dave married his wife, Lynda, in Critical Care with the registrar coming up from the Civic Centre to perform the service.

Dave states" Due to the love and support of my family and the care and dedication of the medical staff I pulled through.The QE hospital asked me if I was interested in joining a self-help group to aid patients and relatives who had been in critical care. I was more than happy to oblige and I am now the Chairman of the ICU Steps South of Tyne group, a role I am thoroughly enjoying."



My name is Michael Power and I am chairman of ICU Steps Tees. 

Several years ago my daughter was admitted to ICU following the birth of my first grandchild. 
Her stay in ICU was long and fraught with all of the trials and tribulations that can be expected during an extended stay in ICU. Thankfully she recovered which can only be attributed to the skill and professional care that she received from all the NHS staff in ICU. For that care and support, I will remain eternally grateful.

My current role and involvement with ICU steps is giving me the opportunity to put something in place that will support past and future ICU patients, relatives, partners and anyone affected by the ICU experience.

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