Undergraduate Education release

13 November 2017

The Faculty is pleased to release Science, skills and safety: a framework for medical student education in anaesthesia, intensive care, pain and perioperative medicine

This important framework, started initially by the Royal College of Anaesthetists, developed into a wider project benefiting from the inclusion of intensive care and pain medicine.  Thank you to Dr Daniele Bryden and Dr Mark Carpenter for their work on this framework.

“Undergraduate education acts as the foundation stone for doctors in the NHS.  The vast array of learning and exposure that Medical Schools afford, sets healthcare professionals on a journey of education that never truly ends.  The significant benefits that this document brings, clearly outlining how students can be supported in their learning across anaesthesia, intensive care, pain and perioperative medicine, cannot be understated.  This work, begun by our colleagues at the Royal College of Anaesthetists, is essential and shows the commitment the College, our Faculty and the Faculty of Pain Medicine has to tomorrow’s doctors and the important role that we all believe undergraduate training has in improving quality.

Intensive Care Medicine doctors, nurses and Allied Health Professionals manage the sickest patients in the hospital and their care requires clinicians to have a high quality education across a broad range of areas, from airway to diagnostic skills.  Intensive care has a place at the heart of the acute hospital, working with colleagues across anaesthesia, perioperative medicine, medical colleagues on the wards, maternity, rehabilitation, surgery, palliative care and beyond.  Education in intensive care medicine therefore benefits clinicians who will practice in all those other specialties, improving the important journey of patients through hospitals and enhancing their overall care. 

We all stand to benefit from the delivery of high quality undergraduate education.”

Dr Carl Waldmann

Dean, Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine