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Useful links to related organisations

The SICS works with many different organisations, some useful links are given below:

1. The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine

The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) is the professional body responsible for the training, assessment, practice and continuing professional development of Intensive Care Medicine consultants in the UK.

On the FICM website you will find the CCT in Intensive Care Medicine curriculum, guidance on ICM standards and assessments, information on joining the Faculty and more.

The President of the SICS is a co-opted member of the FICM Board.

Current Dean: Dr Anna Batchelor

website: www.ficm.ac.uk

2. Critical Care Leadership Forum

In 2013 Professor Sir John Temple, Dr Judith Hulf, and Professor Jon Cohen conducted an independent review of the current state and future directions of intensive care. One of the key recommendations of their report, Collaborating for Quality in Intensive Care, was a national forum for ICM and this was established as the Critical Care Leadership Forum (CCLF) in late 2013.

The CCLF incorporates all national professional organisations with a remit for critical care, including physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and researchers. The CCLF is an important bridge between intensive care and the commissioning arm of NHS England, and provides links with the devolved nations to maintain unified professional standards and support across an increasingly diverse NHS. The CCLF aims to meet three times a year with administrative support from FICM.

The initial focus of its work will be on five priority work-streams: case mix programmes, research, workforce, standards and the UK Critical Care Nursing Alliance.

The SICS and SICSAG are both represented on the CCLF.

Current CCLF Chairman: Professor Julian Bion

Current CCLF Deputy Chairman: Dr Brian Cook

Website: www.ficm.ac.uk/critical-care-leadership-forum-cclf

3. The Royal College of Anaesthetists

The Royal College of Anaesthetists is the professional body responsible for the specialty throughout the UK, and it ensures the quality of patient care through the maintenance of standards in anaesthesia, critical care and pain medicine.

Current president: Dr J-P van Besouw

website: www.rcoa.ac.uk

4. The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland

The AAGBI represents the medical and political views of over 10,500 anaesthetists in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland and, through its overseas membership, has close contact with anaesthetists in many other countries. The AAGBI has a broad constitution that enables it to promote and advance education, safety and research in anaesthesia, as well as the professional aspects of the specialty and the welfare of individual anaesthetists.

The President of the SICS is a co-opted member of the Scottish Standing Committee of the AAGBI.

The Specialist Society Services at the AAGBI now provide us with administrative support, their email address is SICS@aagbi.org.

Current President: Dr Andrew Hartle

website: www.aagbi.org

5. The Intensive Care Society

The Intensive Care Society is the representative body in the UK for intensive care professionals and patients and is dedicated to the delivery of the highest quality of critical care to patients. They perform many functions for the intensive care community, such as the production of guidelines and standards, organising national meetings, training courses and focus groups, and represent Intensive Care in wide ranging organisations including the Royal Colleges, the Department of Health and the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine.

In 2003 The Intensive Care Society formed The Intensive Care Foundation with the specific aim to facilitate and support the highest quality collaborative intensive care research in the UK. The Foundation aims to deliver the best evidence base, to ultimately improve quality of care, patient safety and hence outcome for patients.

The President of the SICS is a co-opted member of the ICS Council.

Current President: Dr Steve Brett

website: www.ics.ac.uk

6. The British Association of Critical Care Nurses

BACCN is a professional organisation dedicated to promoting excellence in the nursing care of critically ill patients, via mutual support, education, research and collaboration with multi-disciplinary groups. BACCN contributes to policy and strategy at every level. It is one of the leading organisations in critical care nursing, reresenting Great Britain & Northern Ireland. BACCN was established in 1985 and has grown and developed through the hard work and dedication of its members, regional committees and National Board.

The BACCN is managed by a National Board elected by the membership to serve for a two-year period. Each board member holds a specific role and is able to stand for re-election after a two-year period of service. National Board Members come from various positions and roles within critical care and critical care education and from around the UK.

Current Chair: Annette Richardson

Website: www.baccn.org.uk

7. The UK Critical Care Nursing Alliance

UKCCNA brings together the British Association of Critical Care Nurses (BACCN), the Critical Care National Network Nurse Lead Forum (CC3N), nurse representation from the Intensive Care Society Nurses and Allied Health Professionals Committee (NAHP), the National Outreach Forum (NOrF) and the Royal College of Nursing Critical Care In-Flight Forum, Military Critical Care Nurses plus other co-opted stakeholders, in order to facilitate joint / collaborative working.

The UKCCNA provides a formal structure to facilitate conjoined working amongst the professional critical care nursing organisations through out the United Kingdom. The alliance’s initial focus is to develop a shared understanding of issues impacting on critical care nursing linked to the future delivery of the service at a national and local level. The alliance will also provide a shared vision and strategy to assist in the development of a nursing workforce who are equipped to provide a high quality service and actively inform and contribute to the broader multi-professional quality agenda for critical care services across the UK.

Group members currently represent the nursing voice on the Critical Care Leadership Forum, the National Adult Critical Care Reference Group (CRG) and the Obstetric Anaesthetists Association Maternal Critical Care Working Group.

Current Chair: Andrea Berry

Website: visit www.ficm.ac.uk for more information

8. The Northern Ireland Intensive Care Society

The NIICS has the following aims and objectives:

  • To promote critical care services and their development in Northern Ireland
  • To support the interests of the medical and other professions working in critical care units in Northern Ireland
  • To hold meetings of the members of the Society, including educational and scientific meetings
  • To hold an annual trainee competition, with the winner being awarded the Coppel Prize
  • To strengthen the specialty by encouraging high quality academic projects by members
  • To develop links with similar bodies, particularly the Intensive Care Society of Ireland, the Intensive Care Society (UK), the Scottish Intensive Care Society and the Welsh Intensive Care Society
  • To represent the interests of the Society through membership of Regional and National bodies
  • To facilitate regional (Northern Ireland-wide) audit in critical care
  • To encourage staff to engage with critical care research projects
  • To stimulate and develop interest in critical care at undergraduate level and during Foundation Training
  • To generate and distribute monies exclusively in support of the above functions

Current president: Dr Andrew Ferguson

website: www.niics.com

9. The Welsh Intensive Care Society

WICS was formed in the early 1990s with the aims of furthering audit, research, training and education in intensive care medicine. Most consultants practicing ICM in Wales are members, as are most trainees interested in the ICM field. The society is also open to nursing and other allied professions and specialties.

WICS hold scientific meetings once or twice a year and award grants totalling up to £4000 per year for professional travel, research or audit purposes. They run national audits and co-ordinate multi-centre research projects. Lately, the society has been closely involved with the Welsh Assembly, so members have a voice in supplying expert advice about how intensive care provision can be improved across the country.

Current President: Dr Paul Morgan

website: www.welshintensivecaresociety.org

10. The Intensive Care Society of Ireland

Each year the ICSI holds two major scientific meetings – the Annual Scientific Meeting (usually early June), and the Autumn Meeting (usually early November and usually outside of Dublin). A Spring Refresher course is held once a year which focuses on core clinical practice. The ICSI also hold two Basic Assessment and Support in Intensive Care (BASIC) courses and runs the Beyond BASIC Mechnical Ventilation Course once a year. 

The Irish Critical Care Trials Group was established within the ICSI in 2005 to foster collaborative research programmes both across the Irish critical care network and internationally with other critical care trials groups. The ICSI sponsors a research grant annually to help support individual projects.

Engaging with health care authorities, service providers, and government is an essential part of the work of the ICSI,  highlighting for these agencies the needs of the critically ill and acting as a patient advocate. The ICSI receives no central funding and relies on the annual subscription of its members, registration at meetings, and the support of the medical trade to continue these efforts. Membership is open to all health care professionals with an interest in intensive care medicine.

Current President: Dr Patrick Seigne

website: www.icmed.com

11. The European Society of Intensive Care Medicine

DON'T FORGET - the SICS and ESICM have a dual agreement offering reduced ESICM membership fees for SICS members!

The ESICM was founded in March 1982 in Geneva, Switzerland. It is a non-profit making international association. 

Objective: ESICM supports and promotes the advancement of knowledge in intensive care medicine, in particular the promotion of the highest standards of multidisciplinary care of critically ill patients and their families through education, research and professional development. 

Aims and Missions: ESICM will endeavour to realise this objective by

  • promoting and coordinating activities in the different fields of intensive care medicine
  • fostering research and education in these fields
  • providing recommendations for optimising facilities for intensive care medicine in Europe
  • organising and coordinating international congresses and meetings

Current President: Daniel De Backer

webite: www.esicm.org

12. The Society of Critical Care Medicine

SCCM is the largest multiprofessional organisation dedicated to ensuring excellence and consistency in the practice of critical care. With nearly 16,000 members in more than 100 countries, SCCM represents all professional components of the critical care team. The Society offers a variety of activities that promote excellence in patient care, education, research, and advocacy.

Mission: SCCM's mission is to secure the highest quality care for all critically ill and injured patients.

Envisioned Future: SCCM envisions a world in which all critically ill and injured persons receive care from a present integrated team of dedicated trained intensivists and critical care specialists.

Current President: Dr Craig M.Coopersmith

website: www.sccm.org