Training on our ICU

The Portsmouth department of critical care has a strong ethos for supportive training and education.

We are very proud of our well established reputation for excellence in teaching and training. We consistently receive excellent feedback both informally and formally (STC and PMETB) from our doctors, nurses, medical and nursing students.

In 2009 our department became the first UK intensive care unit to achieve
C12 recognition for critical care training from the College of Intensive Care Medicine for Australia and New Zealand. In 2013, we were awarded A* grading for our ICM training (ACCS & Anaesthetics ST3 +).

All of the training documents that you will require to have read before starting your Intensive Care Medicine training with us are below.

We are aware that there are also more specific training needs for the different specialties and grades of the doctors that come through our training programmes and we have included additional resources for you by grade and specialty

There is an active medical education centre in the Trust with libraries linked with the Wessex Medical Library in Southampton. Research projects are developed with the help of the Academic Research and Development Support Unit at QAH. The Critical Care Department has its own seminar room/library with a good selection of books and journals together with a number of computer work stations (with internet access) for the use of medical and nursing staff. Access to 'Up to Date' is available at the bedside and we subscribe to the ESICM 'PACT' modules.

We have an extensive number of other training opportunities here, including options to attend taster anaesthetic days (speak to Dr Steve Mathieu), simulator training, follow up clinics, our comprehensive Friday teaching programme, journal club and many more! Details of all of these can be found in your induction handbook. We have also set up the
Portsmouth Intensive Care Exam Revision (PINCER) course to help prepare for the new FFICM examination.

In 2013, the Department of Critical Care achieved academic status through its affiliation with the University of Portsmouth.
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Induction Handbook
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Info by specialty and grade
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ICM handbooks
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Equipment library
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