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Critical Care Unit: ICU and HDU


Education & Training


We are a 13-bedded ICU/HDU which admits over 800 patients per annum.

There are 9 Core trainees/fellows (from ACCS, Anaesthesia and Acute/Emergency Medicine),
4 middle grades, 1-2 ACCP's and 1-2 Advanced Intensive Care Medicine trainees. There are 12 consultants who provide direct clinical supervision to the unit as well as a 7-day a week outreach service. In addition to daily bedside teaching, the unit runs regular training sessions:

  • Radiology meeting (Tues 3pm)
  • Journal club (Bi-monthly)
  • M&M (Bi-monthly)
  • Protected teaching for junior trainees (Thursday afternoon 2-4pm)
    and senior trainees (Wednesday afternoon 2-4 pm)

We encourage staff to attend other training opportunities within the anaesthetic department and across the hospital including the weekly Anaesthetic M&M, Anaesthetic Update Club, Regional training days and Grand Rounds. There is also allocated time within the rota for self-direct learning opportunities such as gaining airway experience in theatres, echocardiography and ultrasound skills, undertaking QI projects and participating in research.

FFICM tutor: Dr Ian Kerslake

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 doctors and practitioners in the UK.

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