Guidelines for the Provision of Intensive Care Services (GPICS) – Second Edition Launched

27 June 2019

The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) and the Intensive Care Society (ICS) are excited to launch the second edition of the Guidelines for the Provision of Intensive Care Services (GPICS). 

The first edition of GPICS (2015) was a landmark publication on behalf of the adult critical care community. It has become the definitive source for the planning, commissioning, delivery and quality enhancement of adult critical care services across the UK, including underpinning the visiting standards for the Care Quality Commission and the NHS England Service Specification for Adult Critical Care.

From the Editors

"We encourage all units to continue to use GPICS as the driver and focus for where to develop and enhance their local service for the benefit of patient care.”

Dr Pete Macnaughton, Chair, FICM Professional Affairs and Safety Committee

“The importance of GPICS cannot be underestimated, its role is to improve the standards of care that critically ill patients receive and to reduce geographical variation. In practical terms, GPICS is written to assist and support units to develop their services to deliver the highest quality patient care.”

Dr Stephen Webb , Chair, ICS Standards and Guidelines Committee

The second edition includes a number of new chapters including guidance for:

  • Remote and rural units
  • Capacity management
  • Focused ultrasound 
  • Serious infection outbreak

The second edition of GPICS can be found in the table below

Guidelines for the Provision of Intensive Care Services – Second Edition (2019)