*NEW* Oxford Level 1 BSE Course, 6th September 2019

The British Society of Echocardiography has recently launched a new accreditation process aimed at meeting the national demand for access to 7 day 24/7 acute echocardiography. The best way to describe it is “a bit like FICE, but with basic valve assessment and some colour doppler”.

We are running one of the first national courses for this in Oxford on Friday September 6th.

To book: oxfordecho@gmail.com

Fee: £200

A one-day echo course designed for trainees and consultants in critical care, cardiology, general medicine, emergency medicine and anaesthesia.  Faculty includes BSE council & committee members.  Scanning practice in small groups.  Interactive echocardiography on live models and problem- based video scenarios sessions.

A one-day echo course designed for trainees and consultants in critical care, cardiology, general medicine, emergency medicine and anaesthesia.

Faculty includes BSE council & committee members.

Scanning practice in small groups.

Interactive echocardiography on live models and problem- based video scenarios sessions.


Dr. D Garry

-      ICU Consultant

-      BSE committee member

-      National Lead for BSE Level 1


Dr. G Barker

-      ICU Consultant

-      BSE committee member

-      National Lead for BSE ACCE


Dr Richard Fisher

-      ICU Consultant

-      BSE committee member

-      National Lead for BSE Level 1 education

Simulation and Education Fellowship- Reading

This post is an excellent opportunity for candidates to gain further experience in intensive care medicine  whilst developing a special interest in simulation based medical education. Trainees with a background in Acute, Emergency or Intensive care medicine or Anaesthesia are equally welcome. Some previous experience in intensive care medicine is highly desirable.

The objectives of the simulation post are:

  • Develop a critical approach to simulation based medical education

  • Design and conduct simulation scenarios

  • Gain confidence in delivering debriefing and feedback

  • Participate in collection of data and preparation of posters and manuscripts

  • Participate in the design and conduct of an in-situ simulation course

  • Consider enrolling on a post graduate qualification in medical education

  • Gain further experience in intensive care medicine.


All training will take place at the Royal Berkshire Hospital which is recognised by the Faculty in Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) for advanced level training, the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCOA), the College of Emergency Medicine (CEM) and the GMC. Clinical and Educational supervision for the simulation post will be provided by Dr Andrew Jacques and Dr Tim Parke.

The current team of 11 Consultants all hold dual accredition in either Anaesthesia, Acute medicine or Emergency medicine. This has led to excellent working relationships in the hospital with the other acute specialties from which the majority of our referrals are made. Within the Consultant team, we have the current dean of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine - Dr Carl Waldmann, the Thames Valley Regional advisor for Intensive Care Medicine – Dr Ian Rechner,  the Thames Valley ICM Training Programme Director – Dr Liza Keating & the Thames Valley ACCS Training Programme Director – Dr Tim McErlane. We are an enthusiastic group of hard working individuals who are committed to delivering high quality evidenced based care.

There is an active education programme with a weekly teaching programme, journal club and morbidity and mortality meeting. The education programme includes regular in-situ simulation which has received excellent feedback since its introduction. A wide variety of courses are provided at the Royal Berkshire Hospital including ALS, APLS, ATLS, FICE, CUSIC & BASICS. Several of the ICU Consultants are registered FICE mentors and CUSIC training can also be provided for those with an interest in ultrasound. 

There is a very active urgent care research team at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, which has been recognised nationally with Dr Keating and the research time receiving a national research award. We are currently running several NIHR portfolio studies including, Pleural Effusions in Critical Care (PECC), TEST-it, RAMP (randomised ambulatory management of pneumothorax), REST (“protective ventilation with veno-venous lung assist in respiratory failure)& rapid CTCA (rapid CT coronary angiography for low risk chest pain).

Applicants should be post FY2 with either ATLS, ALS or APLS provider status. The successful applicant will spend 30% of their rota in activities supporting medical education and simulation or critical care ultrasound and 70% as a fellow in intensive care medicine.

For further details/informal visits contact:

Dr Andrew Jacques, FICM tutor - ajacques@nhs.net.


Dear ICU comrades

The Oxford Regional Intensive Care Society meeting is the 26th of April in the glamorous Thames Lido in Reading.  Of course you are coming but have you considered submitting an electronic poster or a PechaKucha presentation?  To intimidating you say? Nonsense! You will dazzle and be held aloft. A glittering career will immediately become tangable and your perpetually concerned parents will exhale with relief. 

To achieve this magical reality please email me:  antoniajames@doctors.org.uk with your electonic poster, your PechaKucha title or both.  Deadline 19th of April. 

ICM Return to Work SIM Day 22nd March 2019

22nd March 2019, Royal Berkshire Hospital Reading.

Calling all trainees out of clinical practice for at least 3 months for ANY reason, this includes parental leave, research, illness or any other reason. If you are not a Thames Valley Trainee but would like to attend please email us, we would love to try and fit you in!

Dr Jacques (ICM Consultant in Reading) is running to second SuppoRTT course aimed at helping trainees have a smooth transition back into clinical practice. Open to any trainee who meets to above criteria, the day is a combination of SIM, communication skills, practical sessions and talks. Also a great opportunity to meet other trainees facing the same challenges of returning to work.

This module aims to increase the confidence in trainees who are returning to work in the technical and non-technical skills relevant to the management of the critically illpatient. It would be suitable for trainees in ICM or other relevant specialties such as Acute Medicine, Emergency Medicine or Anaesthetics. Specific modules in Medicine and Anaesthetics are available, this would complement those with regard to managing critically ill patients.

Whilst childcare is not offered with this module, please email Sarah Millette, an oxford SuppoRTT fellow, sarah.millette@queens.ox.ac.uk if this is preventing you from attending as there may be solutions available if we are aware of the need.

If you wish to book please email Dr Jacques (ajacques@nhs.net) for instructions or Dr Hannah Potter for any questions (h.potter@doctors.org.uk).

Paeds Critical Care/CAT's Retrieval Fellowship

We are currently recruiting for new and exciting senior posts in Paediatric Critical Care and Retrieval Medicine. The posts are aimed at trainees in Paediatrics / Anaesthetics / ICM. Successful applicants will be appointed for a 12 months fellowship, 8 of which with Oxford University Hospital Paediatric Critical Care (OUH PCC) and 4 months with the Children’s Acute Transport Service (CATS). During the 8 months at OUH PCC you will have a fixed day each week during which you will be available for retrievals or have office time to develop an agreed project in areas such as education, research, management – to be specifically tailored to your development needs.

The starting date is flexible and can be discussed at interview.


For more details, please follow the link below, or email me at Avishay.sarfatti@ouh.nhs.uk.






Dr Avishay Sarfatti

Consultant Paediatric Intensivist,

Paediatric Critical Care,

John Radcliffe Hospital,

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

ICM Interview Prep Course

Thinking of applying for higher speciality ICM training? Need help preparing for the interview? We are offering a one day course covering all you need to know to succeed in the ICM interview. Includes practice stations, advice from trainees who recently underwent the process and much more. Open to trainees from all regions. To book a place, see attached poster.