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Summary notes – ICM RAs/Faculty Tutors meeting Feb 2014

Author: Dr Matthew Williams - Consultant in ICM, QA Hospital, Portsmouth, Deputy Regional Advisor (Wessex) Faculty Board Tutor

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1. The Dean (Dr A Batchelor):
Shape of Training (SoT) occupying much time/worry. Broad based themes to the training, as perhaps more generalists vs specialists required.
Concern for FICM is that ICM training may be seen as a post-credentialing specialty…

GPICS – build on core FICM/ICS standards document (cf RCoA accreditation process).


2. FICM training & assessment committee (Dr S Badouin):
No sooner than a curriculum out than drivers are likely to lead to a revamp! (SoT, HEE, RCP’s future hospital report, Francis report, crisis in acute care)

Special skills year: academic / PICU / CTITU / neuro / education

Then made quite a “blue sky” suggestion that ICM might be best placed to help provide 24/7 hospital care….!

3. FFICM exam (Prof N Webster):
SBA in the MCQ section from July 2014
Case summaries – 2 per year for ICM CCT trainees as per spiral learning (locally assessed; % centrally validated)
SAS doctors can sit FFICM with RA support.
Considering allowing Stage 1 trainees to sit exam (rather than only in stage 2 – ie ST5/6).

4. Training (Dr C Thorpe, Lead RA):
Survey: 2 DCC PAs ICM considered essential for new consultants to retain skills. 1.5 SPA for core consultant business.

QA: standards for ICM training (FICM), GPICS, FICM standards for Tutors/RAs & recruitment.
Quality “nexus”: RA reports, RA visit reports, FFICM results, info from ARCPs, annual GMC/FICM surveys, GMC/LETB visits.

5. Recruitment (Dr T Gallacher):
National process organized by West Midlands.
Stepped entry remains for now. Upper limit proposed as ST5. 103 posts this year, 8 for Wessex.

6. e-portfolio (Dr L Plenderleith):
Using the NES platform (as used by FP, CEM, RCP, so familiar to most of us).
Curriculum broken down – each competency will turn green once “attained”.
Training days soon.
Already started soon after the meeting. All on from August 2014.

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