The FICM has two elected trainee representatives. Each trainee rep serves one year as the Deputy Trainee Representative and then one year as the Lead Trainee Representative.
Both trainee representatives sit on the Faculty Board and one or the other is also present at all of the committees or working parties that effect training and require a trainee perspective:
- Training, Assessment & Quality Committee (FICMTAQ)
- Careers, Recruitment and Workforce Committee (FICMCRW)
The principal duty of the Trainee Representatives is to represent the views of ICM trainees during Board, committee, working group and other meetings as appropriate:
- Ensure there is a true representation of trainee concerns and views and ensure the Faculty has a means of seeking trainee input.
- Effectively inform and alert trainees to issues affecting them and to be able to address grass roots concerns.
- Encourage greater trainee engagement with the College.
Further duties of the FICM Trainee Representatives include:
- To maintain regular liaison with the ICS Trainee Committee.
- To establish a communication network with all ICM trainees. The email database is kept by the FICM Secretariat from trainees who have registered with the Faculty.
- Maintaining two-way communications with all ICM trainees in order to update them on Faculty developments and to keep the Faculty abreast of information and concerns relevant to its work.
- Attending all meetings of their assigned boards, committees or working groups. Travel expenses are reimbursed subject to the usual arrangements.
- Involvement in Faculty projects that may arise from time-to-time.
- Producing research or written documents from time-to-time including contribution to the FICM newsletter, Critical Eye, and the Faculty website.
The current Lead Trainee Representative is Dr Richard Gould:
Richard Gould is a dual ICM and Anaesthesia trainee based in West Yorkshire. After graduating from Manchester, Richard completed his house jobs in Stoke-on-Trent. These included a placement on ICU that confirmed his enjoyment for the specialty.
"I’m Richard, a dual ICM / Anaesthesia Trainee in Yorkshire. I live in Bradford with my wife and young family, and am currently working in Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust completing my Stage 2 training.
I’m a strong advocate for trainees and have experience bringing about change whilst working on my local STC. I plan to bring this passion and ability to deliver to this national role.
I understand the problems that face us all, including the feeling of assessment overload, burn-out and constant uncertainty. My first impressions of the Faculty Board has shown me that these concerns are acknowledged, and with your help I hope to find solutions to at least some of them during my tenure.
I’d be very keen to hear about any local problems (or solutions!) that you feel need to be discussed nationally, so please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with anything that you think I can be of help with."
The current Deputy Trainee Representative Elect is Dr Andy Ratcliffe:
I am currently based in West Yorkshire as a stage 2 dual ICM/Anaesthetic trainee. After completing my undergraduate training at the University of Leeds I have, to the most part, remained within the Yorkshire region. I took time out of training between CT2 and ST3 to work with the South Australian retrieval service. This primarily involved initiating critical care in remote parts of the country before transferring patients back to the tertiary centres in Adelaide. I have since developed on-going interests in remote site anaesthesia and critical care.
I am passionate about the future of our specialty and improving the quality of training. One of my responsibilities this year lies within the Careers, Recruitment and Workforce Committee of FICM. As well as promoting our speciality to junior colleagues and supporting them through their careers in ICM, a great deal of work is being undertaken to improve the welfare of ICM trainees with regards to burnout and work life balance. I look forward to working with the committee to further embed these goals.
During my tenure I also hope to explore new ways of providing greater access to training opportunities; with the aim of enabling trainees whose work and other commitments limit long distance travel to still benefit from the wealth of knowledge that is being made available to us through national courses and teaching programmes.
I look forward to working closely with Richard over the coming year and representing your views to the Faculty. With this in mind please do not hesitate to contact me about any issues you wish to highlight and be addressed by the Board.