Regional Advisor:  Dr Mark Hughes

Number of posts available:  6

Intensive Care Medicine training in Mersey Region

Mersey now forms part of Health Education North West (HENW), following a merger with the old North Western Deanery, although we remain a single unit of application for national recruitment, and a distinct training area.

The region is relatively compact geographically, and includes Merseyside and much of Cheshire. It stretches from Southport in the North, through Liverpool, crossing the Wirral peninsula to Chester, down to Crewe and then east to Macclesfield.

Training in Intensive Care Medicine predominantly occurs in 2 University Teaching Hospitals: Royal Liverpool University Hospital and University Hospital Aintree (which houses the trauma centre); 2 large District General Hospitals: Wirral University Teaching Hospital (Arrowe Park) and St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospital (Whiston); and 3 standalone specialist referral centres: Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital and Walton Centre for Neurosciences, all of which have excellent reputations. ICM presently sits within the HENW School of Anaesthesia, but we are looking to develop as a separate School in the future.

The region prides itself on providing high quality training and having excellent trainee/trainer relationships. The trainees have a well establish support and social forum and have indeed produced their own website to share important information. ( There is an established regional teaching programme, backed up by excellent courses, particularly around echocardiography and simulation. We have a number of FICE mentors and are able to support FICE accreditation. The research profile of the region is on the rise, with most units actively contributing. We are also looking to develop local academic training and now have an ICM ACF post.

Mersey has a long history of achievement in medicine and offers much to its trainees. As well as quality rotations, tailored to fit individuals’ training needs, there is new fantastic potential to reach higher levels.

Liverpool is also an exciting and vibrant area to live in with significant developments in the city following the success of the European Year of Culture. It has an international reputation for arts and sports, and offers other excellent recreational activities. There is easy access to beautiful countryside and several nearby National Parks. The transport links are also excellent, and London is only 2 hours away by train.

The regional rotation is organised by Dr Tom Williams and the Regional Advisor is Dr Mark Hughes.

For more information on individual ICM Training Units, please see the related downloads below or contact the Regional Advisor.