Shape of Training report

16 August 2017

The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine welcomes the report from the Shape of Training Steering Group.  The key principles of broad based and responsive training are central to the Faculty’s view of how ICM training should be designed.  Although the report was crafted prior to our meeting with the Shape of Training Steering Group, we had a very positive response from the Group who noted at our meeting that ICM was an exemplar Shape programme.  With entry from multiple core programmes (and transferable competencies) and the potential to double count competencies as part of dual training, we have already taken the difficult but necessary steps to make training more flexible.  The Group appreciated that ICM would not be suitable for credentialing, though may have areas of its own that would be suitable as a credential.


Clearly there is much more that can be done.  The ICM curriculum was due for its first major review in 2016, but this has been, by necessity, delayed due to the major overhaul of all specialty training curricula planned as part of the GMC’s Standards for Curriculum and Assessment Review (SCAR).  We are currently bringing together our core curriculum rewrite group to begin planning next steps.  We plan to use this opportunity to undertake a thorough revision of the CCT in ICM, addressing any of the Shape recommendations that we do not already fully meet, to learn lessons from the curriculum’s first 5 years of operation, and to review the current assessment burden. 

We will be consulting widely as this initiative progresses.