New Critical Futures and Workforce Resources Are Ready
FICM are pleased to announce the launch of three resources relating to our work on Critical Futures and workforce.
Critical Futures webpages
The Critical Futures initiative now has a permanent home on our website ribbon (here). This resource currently includes the first Report, a breakdown of the recommendations, and information on working parties arising from the recommendations. It will be updated and grow over time as the initiative’s work streams develop.
One of the issues that has become clear over the last year of engagement with healthcare stakeholders and politicians is the lack of understanding that many have about critical care. This is not just about its workforce issues, but how it interdigitates with other hospital services and how central it is to patient flow. In line with one of the recommendations from the Critical Engagements report, we have therefore produced this pamphlet (here) to summarise key issues for a general audience. It will be used when the Faculty meets with key stakeholders for our specialty. However, it can also be used locally where you feel it may be most beneficial (discussions with commissioners or local Health Board / Trust management).
Another of the recommendations from our Critical Engagements report was to produce a public document for the whole community that brings together the key current workforce messages and data for adult critical care. The Workforce Data Bank synthesises information from sources ranging from NHS Digital, national recruitment and censuses across the critical care team and is available here: <LINK>. As with Critical Condition, we will be using this resource in our discussions with national stakeholders on workforce issues.
Thank you to our colleagues at the UK Critical Care Nursing Alliance, CC3N and ACTACC for their input. We do not plan for this to be a static document and will keep updating when new information comes online (for example the recruitment and census data, which will be analysed over the summer).