FICM Lifelong Learning Platform FAQs

The aim of integrating the FICM’s ePortfolio into the LLP is to provide a more intuitive and user friendly system for all ICM trainees (whether on dual or single CCT training programmes), enabling them to seamlessly upload evidence and record their training in order to attain the High Level Learning Outcomes (HiLLOs) of the new ICM curriculum within and between their respective specialty portfolios.

Having both the FICM and RCoA portfolios on the same platform will also help to future-proof the system, ensuring there is shared corporate knowledge for its development and maintenance.

The following Project Board has been assembled to support this project:

  • Mr Russell Ampofo – RCoA Director of Education, Training and Examinations, Project Sponsor
  • Ms Natalie Bell – FICM Board and Training Projects Manager, FICM e-Portfolio Product Owner
  • Ms Esma Doganguzel – Lifelong Learning System and Service Desk Administrator, LLP e-Portfolio Product Owner
  • Mr James Goodwin – Associate Director of Faculties, Senior User and Business Change Manager
  • Dr Andrew Gratrix – Senior User (Clinical)
  • Dr Peter Hersey – Senior User (Clinical)
  • Mr Chris Kennedy – Revalidation and CPD Coordinator, Project support and minutes
  • Dr Guy Parsons – Trainee Representative

Whilst the Board comprises a relatively small number of members, in order to keep the meetings focused whilst ensuring that the required range of clinical interests are represented, it is anticipated that a much wider group of clinicians will be utilised during various stages of the project, particularly when the LLP developments are ready for user acceptance testing.

FICM's ePortfolio SubCommittee consists of two trainees and two trainers:

  • Dr Andrew Gratrix - Chair
  • Dr Pete Hersey – Deputy Chair
  • Dr Richard Benson – FICM Lead Trainee Rep
  • Dr Guy Parsons – FICM Deputy Trainee Rep
  • Ms Natalie Bell – FICM Board and Training Projects Manager
  • Mrs Rohini Makwana – FICM Training & ePortfolio Administrator

When the project nears completion we will also be seeking volunteers for user testing so that we can make sure your new ePortfolio works well for you – a call for this will go out in due course.

We are asking all ICM trainees to download their data from NES (our previous ePortfolio supplier) as a PDF and upload it to the new system by 31 December 2021 and upload it as a PDF to the document store of the new FICM ePortfolio. In order to easily assess performance, Educational Supervisors will create a summary report on their trainee’s progression for ARCP panels so they do not have to review a large PDF file of data.

The new ICM curriculum launches on 4 August 2021, and Educational Supervisors will need to meet with their trainees in order to map their progress on the old curriculum against the new High Level Learning Outcomes in the new FICM ePortfolio.

  • All trainees in Stages 1 and 2 move to the new curriculum on 4 August 2021 and this will only be available in the new ICM e-Portfolio.
  • Stage 3 trainees were able to remain on the old system until completion of training, provided this falls before 31 December 2021..
  • All ICM trainees that have been successfully recruited onto a UK based ICM training programme (this will include eligible MTI doctors just as it does now).
  • We may also be able to provide doctors that want to apply for Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR) in Intensive Care Medicine with access – we are investigating this possibility.
  • We will also be looking to develop the curricula and provide access to FICM ACCP members and Critical Care Pharmacists in the future.

The bespoke Lifelong Learning Platform (LLP) was launched by the Royal College of Anaesthetists in August 2018 as a much-enhanced upgrade on their former trainee ePortfolio system. The LLP is maintained by an external supplier Cyber-Duck and we have already started work with them on the new FICM ePortfolio.

  • To ensure that we are developing the excellent Intensivists of tomorrow, training and assessment must evolve. Following a prolonged and concerted effort the FICM have developed a new curriculum for Intensive Care Medicine. Further information on this new curriculum can be found here. During this development we listened carefully to the needs of trainees. They told us that they wanted us to reduce the administrative burden of training, and wanted it to be easier to demonstrate capability across domains of practice. To meet these needs and the changes brought by the new curriculum we needed a new ePortfolio.
  • The Faculty’s aim with the move to a new ePortfolio platform is to make life easier for our trainees and trainers. We have already revised the curriculum to remove the necessity for trainees to complete 96 competencies per Stage of training, and we want to build a new streamlined ePortfolio to align with this.

We are working with e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) and the Lifelong Learning Platform developers, Cyber-Duck, to try and replicate this functionality on the new system. 

Having both the FICM and RCoA’s portfolios on the same platform means that ICM/Anaesthesia dual CCT trainees will now only have to use one platform to record their training. Trainers and trainees who do not use the LLP for training in Anaesthesia will be given clear and simple guidance on recording their progress in the e-Portfolio.

We are not going to be mandating or incorporating any specific ICM logbook element to the new system at this stage. This is something we may look to at introducing in the future.

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