The Training Programme in Intensive care Medicine is divided into 3 stages as follows:

Stage 1 training (CT1/2 and ST 3/4)

Stage 1 training must have been part completed within appropriate partner specialties prior to commencing ST 3 level training within the ICM programme. Suitable training can be obtained in either Medicine, Anaesthesia or ACCS programmes at CT 1/2 level. Passing a primary qualification in a partner specialty is also required

Entry into the ICM programme at ST3 will be by open national competition organised by ICMNRO.

As a single specialty trainee in Intensive Care Medicine you will initially spend 18 months to 2 years of your ST3/4 training in either the Great Western Hospital - Swindon, Gloucestershire Hospitals, Bath Royal United Hospital or North Bristol Hospitals where you will complete stage 1 training in anaesthesia, medicine and intensive care. You will have to complete a minimum of 1 year training in Intensive Care Medicine, acute Medicine and Anaesthesia by the end of Stage 1.

During ST 3-4 you will receive teaching locally as well as having the opportunity to participate in the full day regional teaching once a month aimed at passing the FFICM exam.

During the first 18 months of Stage 1 training you will have the opportunity to commence a dual CCT programme in either Emergency Medicine, Anaesthesia, Acute Medicine, Renal Medicine or Respiratory Medicine if you are appointed via open competition. Appropriate prior training at CT 1/2 will be required for all these programmes.

In order to complete Stage 1 training trainees must complete workplace based assessments according to Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine guidelines.

Throughout stage 1 training regular assessments and appraisals will take place for which further details can be found on the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine website.

Stage 2 training (ST5 & ST6)

Stage 2 training will take place within University Hospitals Bristol undertaking specialist intensive care modules in paediatrics, cardiac surgery and general intensive care. Neurointensive care experience will be gained in North Bristol.

During stage 2 training there will be the opportunity to undertake research, work abroad or gain additional experience in intensive care or partner specialties for a 1 year period.

During ST 5/6 you will receive full day regional teaching once a month aimed at passing the FFICM exam as passing the FFICM exam is a requirement for entry into Stage 3 of training.

Stage 3 training (ST7)

ST7 training will take place in Bristol Royal Infirmary, Frenchay/Southmead, Bath Royal United Hospital or Gloucestershire Hospitals. Trainees will rotate between at least 2 Intensive Care units during this year. At this stage of training the focus is on preparing you for Consultant practice. As a result you will be expected to lead ward rounds, morbidity/mortality meetings and gain management experience. There is a 6 weekly ST6/7 ICM regional teaching programme and you will be encouraged to attend national and international ICM meetings. Monthly pan- Bristol journal club operates within the Bristol Royal Infirmary

The final 6 months of training must be undertaken in the UK.

LLP & ICM Training Record Book

The Lifelong Learning Platform is now used for all new ICM trainees joining the programme.  Please see the Faculty of ICM website for further details.  To gain access to the eportfolio you must be registered with the Faculty (registration form available on the faculty website).

Please note that the ePortfolio is for trainees on the ICM CCT (either single or dual programmes). 

If you have queries or problems with using the ePortfolio, please contact the Faculty only after consulting the guidance manual (available on the Faculty website).

OLD CURRICULUM ONLY - Intensive Care Medicine Training Record Book 

FICM Teaching Days

Please see Events Tab for a full list of the ICM Teaching Days.  

Next ICM STC Meeting

Tuesday 17th May 2022 at 9 am

FICM Echo Leads for trainee guidance and support

Bath – Dr Andy Georgiou, Dr Ian Kerslake

BRI – Dr Sarah Sanders, Dr Kieron Rooney

Glos – Dr Rob Orme

NBT – Dr Aidan Marsh, Dr Matt Thomas


FICE (Echo) Mentor – Dr Christopher Newell

FICE training available at Great Western Hospital, Swindon