The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine was pleased to see the publication of the final report from the Centre for Workforce Intelligence’s (CfWI) review of the Anaesthetic and ICM workforce in February 2015, for which the FICM provided a number of data resources and engaged throughout.


The proposals and comments contained within the In-Depth Review of the Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine Workforce are as follows and are welcomed by the FICM:

  • HEE should continue to fill the current number of training posts for anaesthetists and intensivists in England to minimise the risk of short term undersupply.  The report notes “HEE may wish to spport the flexibility required to meet the needs of the future workforce by training an appropriate mix of specialists with single and dual CCTs, particularly noting that the future ICM service is likely be delivered mostly by intensivists with Dual CCTs.”
  • The report recognises that anaesthetists provide a notable level of service to ICM and that any changes to this provision would need to be counteracted with an increase in the provision of ICM.
  • The proposed stocktake of ICM will be undertaken annually through our workforce census, which is currently live.
  • The report recognises, in line with ICNARC research on projected usage of Level 2 and 3 bed days, that there is likely to be a significant increase in need over the next 18 years up to 2033, with most scenarios indicating that it is likely to double.

The scenarios are naturally dependent on a number of variables, some less clear than others, including the increasing use of trained and regulated Advanced Critical Care Practitioners, reconfiguration of services, and the impact of the Shape of Training report, but the broad message of the report is one that the ICM community has been aware of for some time: there needs to be more investment in ICM workforce.

Although this report concentrates on England, the FICM continues to look at the wider UK, where we accept the same necessity for growth will be self-evident.  The FICM’s Workforce arm has instigated a local engagement plan for the year ahead, starting with a regional review in Wales.  These local engagements, coupled with our baseline data (kept up to date through annual censuses), will give us the clearest picture of the future of ICM provision and will allow us to engage on the national stage with the home nation governments and NHS England.

The documents below formed part of the research undertaken for the CfWI Report: 

Health Education England: Call for Evidence

In 2014 and 2015 the FICM submitted evidence to Health Education England as part of their Strategic Framework update. You can view the information for each year by clicking ont he links below.