Quality Assurance of Training

The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine is committed to ensuring ICM training opportunities are of a high standard throughout the UK. To achieve this, a quality feedback framework exists between the FICM, the Regional Advisors in ICM (RAs), Faculty Tutors (FTs) and ICM Trainees.

Data is returned to the FICM annually from the Faculty’s Trainee Survey, the GMC’s National Training Survey, recruitment data and the RA annual reports. This information is combined and reviewed by the Training, Assessment and Quality Committee (TAQ). 

Quality Management of Training Annual Report

FICMTAQ publishes an annual report on quality data collected and reviewed during the previous training year.

The reports were implemented in 2014 in order to maintain a record of training programmes, good practice, formal teaching and workforce data.

Intensivist in Training Survey

The FICM Intensivist in Training (IiT) Survey was introduced to provide a detailed annual snapshot of ICM Training across the UK; it was also designed to generate longitudinal data to enable the Faculty to build a picture of where there may be long-term issues unique to certain sites or regions, whilst also recognising examples of consistently highly-rated training posts and locations. 

The survey is created by FICM's Quality Assurance team ( that comprises members of the secretariat, FICM's elected IiT representatives, Chair of FICMTAQ and Lead RA) and is issued to IiT annually between May and August.


ICM Regional Advisor Annual Reports

An survey is completed by ICM Regional Advisors (RAs) between July and September annually. A summary report is then compiled by the Lead RA to inform the agenda for the annual RA Meeting and the projects and focus of the Training, Assessment and Quality Committee (FICMTAQ) and its relevant sub-groups such as the Careers, Recruitment and Workforce Committee (CRW).


Programme Approvals

A revised process for Programme Approvals has been launched by the GMC for adding a new location to an already approved programme.

Deanery/Local Office representatives can apply directly to the GMC for approval using a new application form that asks for less information.

Royal Colleges/Faculties will no longer need to review requests for approval. However, the GMC are encouraging Deanery/ Local Office representatives to continue to work closely with Colleges and Faculties when considering new locations to ensure that the curriculum and assessment requirements can be delivered across the programme with appropriate supervision.

Please see the GMC website here to submit any new location approvals.  



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