Guidelines for the Provision of Intensive Care Services was first published jointly by the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine and the Intensive Care Society in April 2015 as an expansion of the earlier Core Standards for Intensive Care Units (2013).   

GPICS: The Definitive Reference

In 2016, GPICS Edition 1 was subject to a review. The authors were asked to make minor amendments and update any references which were reviewed by the editors and the FICM/ICS Joint Standards Committee. Edition 1.1 has been published and can be found via the link above; a full list of the updates can be found at the beginning of the document. This was not a full re-write of GPICS and there are no additional standards or chapters. Work on Edition 2 will begin in Spring 2017 with publication expected in Summer 2018. 

GPICS can be used as the definitive reference source for planning and delivery of UK Intensive Care Services.  It is broken down into chapters and sections which are clear and concise.  After Chapter One, each has the standard format of Introductions, Recommendations, Standards, Background, References and Relevant Ongoing Research.  Some chapters also have Additional Information section. 

Advice statements are made in GPICS in two ways.

  1. Standards must be routine practice in UK ICM.

  2. Recommendations should be routine practice in UK ICM.

This edition of Critical Eye has a detailed breakdown of what GPICS is and common questions about the resource (pages. 13-15).


Commissioning and quality

The standards underpinning GPICS are the backbone of the Adult Critical Care Clinical Reference Group’s Service Specification.  Following engagement with the Care Quality Commission, GPICS has become the main reference document for the visiting standards used by the CQC when undertaking visits to the core service of ICM.



GPICS is not a static document and will be regularly updated to reflect changes in practice and evidence.  We welcome any advice from the critical care community on necessary updates or changes to GPICS.  Please email us at


Next revision

The next revision for GPICS has been set for Autumn 2018.