e-ICM is a joint venture between the Faculty and e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH). It is provided by Health Education England. The programme was launched in August 2016 and provides nine modules of resources including e-learning sessions, links to open access review articles and guidelines.

Registration is free to all NHS staff members, students and those with OpenAthens accounts.

e-ICM covers the syllabus for training in Intensive Care Medicine. Whilst the resources will be particularly useful for trainees undertaking Stage 1 training, they will also be of interest and use to anyone caring for the critically ill.

Some of the resources have been produced specifically for e-ICM but we have also made use of the most relevant and best content from other programmes within eLfH. The British Journal of Anaesthesia Education (BJAEd) journal has also been a valuable source of quality content.

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How to access e-ICM for the first time

NHS employees and UK students 

Register for e-Learning for Healthcare, then add e-ICM to your programmes by selecting e-ICM in the 'My Programmes' section (please note, it can take 24 hours for the programme to become available to you). 

Non-NHS and overseas doctors 

You can purchase access to e-ICM as well as other e-learning modules through the community interest company e-Integrity

e-ICM Module Structure

Click here to access Module 1.

Module 1 provides an overview and introduction to anaesthesia.  It is particularly suited to a doctor undertaking the first 3 months of an attachment to anaesthesia during Stage 1 training. The topic areas covered are:

  • The Operating Theatre Environment
  • Basic Science for Novice Trainees
  • Anaesthetic Equipment for Novice Trainees
  • Preoperative Assessment and Management
  • Induction of Anaesthesia and Intraoperative Management
  • Postoperative Management
  • Critical Incidents and Management of Cardiac Arrest

Click here to access Module 2.

Module 2 provides an overview of the general aspects of clinical Intensive Care Medicine that are not specific to a particular disease or patient group. The topic areas covered are:

  • Identification of the Critically Ill patient
  • Organ Support
  • Nutrition and fluid therapy
  • Analgesia and Sedation
  • The costs and unwanted effects of critical care
  • End of Life Care
  • Transfer medicine

Click here to access Module 3.

Module 3 describes the wide spectrum of disease that presenting to a critical care unit.  An overview of pathologies is presented, which have been classified by medical and surgical specialty.

  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Haematology
  • Immunology
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics
  • Paediatrics
  • Perioperative medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Renal
  • Respiratory
  • Toxicology
  • Vascular

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Module 4 provides an overview of the prevention, and treatment of infectious disease within intensive care medicine.  The syndrome of sepsis and common disease states caused by infection are described.  An overview is also provided of common causative pathogens encountered in intensive care medicine. 

  • Common pathogens
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Sepsis
  • Treatment and control of infection

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Module 5 provides an introduction to the management of trauma, and an overview of traumatic injuries.

  • Major Incidents
  • Trauma Resuscitation
  • Traumatic Injuries

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Module 6 gives a practical overview of common procedures within critical care.  It also includes resources to aid in the interpretation of commonly requested investigations, including imaging studies.  Monitoring is discussed, both from a general viewpoint but also more specifically with regards to monitoring the cardiovascular system and intracranial pressure.

  • Procedures
  • Investigations
  • Monitoring

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Module 7 concerns patient safety.  Critical incidents and emergencies are covered, as are safe blood transfusion, prescribing and procedures.  Situations which may result in an unsafe critical care environment are also addressed.

  • Blood Transfusion
  • “First do no harm”
  • Critical Incidents and Emergencies

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Module 8 gives an introduction to the non-clinical aspects of intensive care medicine.  The topic areas covered are:

  • Research and Audit
  • Clinical Governance
  • Non-Technical Skills
  • The Law and ICM

Module 9 provides a collection of MCQs associated with the content found in modules 1-8.

Learning paths

The programme also contains learning paths, which are collections of sessions brought together for a specific need.

Hard to reach areas of the curriculum

For all doctors in training either following or planning to follow the ICM CCT programme. This e-ICM learning pathway helps provide background knowledge for those areas of the curriculum that have been identified as sometimes challenging to address through clinical exposure. 

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New to ICU

This e-ICM learning pathway brings together sessions that introduce some of the key concepts and terminology regarding the care of critically ill patients.  The aim is to give an initial grounding from which you can explore the many other topics within the e-ICM programme.

The sessions will be of benefit to doctors, ACCPs, nurses and Allied Health Professionals. For doctors in training, this will include all who are interested in, or training in Intensive Care Medicine.

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Nursing STEP Competencies

This learning path supports nurses working towards levels 1-3 of the steps competency framework.  Learners may wish to use this content as self-directed study, but it will also be useful to nurse educators in their teaching.  Further information regarding the steps competency framework is available here.

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Most recently added sessions

This is the first of two sessions which provide an overview of how to approach the safe induction of anaesthesia in patients with a range of conditions commonly encountered in critical care.

This is the second of two sessions which provide an overview of how to approach the safe induction of anaesthesia in patients with a range of conditions commonly encountered in critical care.

This session describes the common causes of diarrhoea in critical care and includes infection control practices, management strategies and the complications that can occur.

This session describes the common causes of constipation in critical care, management strategies and the complications that can occur.

The success of the award-winning e-learning suite, e-LA, e-ICM and e-PAIN, is truly remarkable. These resources are now a cornerstone of lifelong learning for all professionals in anaesthesia, intensive care and pain medicine in the UK and increasingly around the world.

Professor Ravi Mahajan
Former President, Royal College of Anaesthetists