ICM Programme overview
Intensive Care Medicine (ICM) also referred to as Critical Care Medicine, is that body of specialist knowledge and practice concerned with the treatment of patients, with, at risk of, or recovering from potentially life-threatening failure of one or more of the organ systems.
Intensive Care Medicine is a multidisciplinary training programme which has been developed by the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM-previously known as the Intercollegiate Board for Training in Intensive Care Medicine (IBTICM) in conjunction with the parent Royal Colleges, Regional Advisors and trainees in ICM and many other contributors.
Until 2011, Intensive Care Medicine had a schedule 2-specialty status meaning that a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training could only be awarded in the parent specialty and ICM. Trainees from all specialties could apply for a Joint CCT in Intensive Care Medicine as long as they have acquired a training post that leads to a CCT in their parent specialty and fulfil the criteria specified by the FICM. The details of this training programme are available in the ICM training(Joint CCT) (2010) curriculum document.
All trainees appointed to a specialty-training programme until 31st July 2012 will continue to follow this pathway of training. However, their appointment and registration into this programme should have occurred before 31st July 2013. Appointment for this programme is done locally in individual deaneries.
In October 2011, GMC approved a standalone CCT programme for Intensive Care Medicine meaning that trainees can apply and be appointed for a 5-year programme of training in Intensive Care Medicine. The details of this programme are available in the ICM training 2011 curriculum document. These trainees are appointed by national recruitment process and will start from August 2012.
From 2012 August, trainees pursuing ICM CCT also are eligible to apply for a second specialty-training programme in the same deanery. Should they be successful, they will be eligible for Dual CCT in Intensive Care Medicine and their parent specialty.
Currently, the dual CCT programmes are available in 5 partner specialty programmes. The details are as below:
- Dual CCT in ICM and Anaesthesia
- Dual CCT in ICM and Acute Internal Medicine
- Dual CCT in ICM and Emergency Medicine
- Dual CCT in ICM and Respiratory Medicine
- Dual CCT in ICM and Renal Medicine
The core programmes and the entry criteria that enable a trainee to enter these programmes as well as the total duration of training are variable. The overview of all these programmes is available in the ICM Single Dual CCT Programme document.