Trainee Representatives

FICM Trainee Representatiive Election 2020
We are going to be electing a new Trainee Representative in 2020, click here for more details

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 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.
  • To maintain regular liaison with the ICS Trainee Committee.


The current Lead Trainee Representative is Dr Richard Benson

I am a dual ICM and Anaesthesia trainee based in the North West of England. I graduated from Edinburgh University and following the completion of my Core Anaesthetics I took time out of training working in Anaesthetics, Intensive Care and air retrieval in South Island, New Zealand.  I am currently a stage 2 trainee at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust.  I have an interest in Neuro- Intensive care and use of simulation in training.

I am passionate about trainee welfare and have had experience of working with my local STC as a trainee representative to bring about positive change.  

Outside medicine I enjoy time with my wife and two children and I am a keen competitor in long distance triathlon having recently completed my first ironman distance event.

I am very much looking forward to working with the board to further improve both the training experience and opportunities for trainees nationally. If you would like to get in contact please e-mail me at


The current Deputy Trainee Representative Elect is Dr Guy Parsons:

I had a peripatetic childhood with time spent in Australia, France and England in pursuit of developing a rather strange accent. When this failed to provide much in the way of career options I indulged interests in the humanities and sciences at medical school in London, which was transformative. My university’s gracious accommodation of a marked digression into medical history and tolerance of excessive sport helped develop an appreciation for real work-life balance and, eventually, a degree.   

My early doctoring years fostered interests in improving trainee welfare, education and access to opportunities. These interests have grown with time, supported by training in leadership and teaching skills and engagement at the regional level. I took time out of training to travel and experience a range of specialties and this helped me form a clear view of the importance of exploration, variety, and broad perspective to a rewarding career.

Curiosity for the evidential basis of clinical practice and for discovery prompted my involvement in research and desire for a career in academia. I am currently working as an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in Oxford applying computing advances to Big Data to address challenges in acute care.  

Outside of work I enjoy long-distance hiking, languages, trivia, and seeing what’s out there. I look forward to working with the Board to address trainees’ needs, increase opportunities, and drive innovation for the future.