FICM, NHSE/I and HEE urge Hospitals to Register for ESICM C-19 SPACE COVID Preparation Course

6 October 2020

The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM), NHS England & NHS Improvement (NHSE/I) and Health Education England (HEE) are pleased to endorse the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine’s (ESICM) C-19 SPACE COVID Preparation Course and encourage all UK hospitals to register for it. Funded by the European Commission, this exciting and ambitious programme is aimed at upskilling and training non-Intensivist doctors, nurses and AHPs for a second and subsequent pandemic surges.

The project is free to all, with the target to train 10,000 medics, nurses and AHPs who do not regularly work in Intensive Care Units.  Registration is two-fold: individual hospitals and individual personnel. The programme is available to all 27+1 EU member states, including the UK.

FICM, NHSE/I and HEE consider that there will be immense benefits to a unified and consistent approach to upskilling our staff, with skills and abilities which can be transferable across regions, borders and specialties.  We would urge you to get involved, and sign up your Trust and Unit via the website before the registration deadline of 31 October 2020.

Course contents include:

  1. An online/remote learning course including podcasts (approximately 16-hrs), then an 8-hour face-to-face, locally delivered, ‘Virtual Reality’-assisted course.
  2. All training resources provided – including Virtual Reality goggles!
  3. A ‘fast track’ option on the e-learning module for those already with skills gained previously (assessed by pre-test).
  4. Course completion certificate with Europe-wide acknowledgement and recognition.

The Faculty appreciates that many trusts have evolved their own upskilling and training routines for staff; this is not intended to replace but to complement existing resources. FICM and HEE recommend that medical trainees, nurses and AHPS who do not generally work in critical care make use of the COVID Skills Passport to help gain recognition for the skills they develop.

ESICM are fully supportive of local adaptation and interpretation of the F2F scenarios for regions/countries, acknowledging varying protocols and provisions in place across the continent. Training commences in the next few weeks, with the overall project completing by 31 December 2020.

Some UK trusts are already enrolled and are busy signing up staff in readiness for future surges, and life on our Intensive Care Units, whatever that may hold.