We are pleased to confirm that the deanery have renewed the Crit IQ membership for another year!  Apologies to those of you that lost access for the last couple of weeks while this was being sorted but you should all be able to log in again.
For those of you that have not used it before, this is a useful online resource that definitely helps with exam prep.  Lots of good practice questions for written FFICM.
All those who have now passed the exam will have their access discontinued as we only have a license for 20 users.
If anyone is planning on taking the exam in the next 12 months email @benmillette to let him know and he will prioritise you for access.  Even if you’re not planning on doing FFICM in the near future let him know if you would find Crit IQ useful and we should be able to get most people access on a first come first serve basis.

ORICS Autumn meeting

WHEN:      Wednesday 28th October 2015

WHERE:    Lecture Theatre 1, Academic Block,


The day will start with a scientific meeting followed by Registration at 08:30 and Coffee on Academic Street, Level 3. Lunch will be provided.

Tea and Coffee will be served throughout the day.

The ORICS meeting will be organised by Dr Peyton Davis.

Administration provided by Trish Greenall

Submissions are invited for the ORICS 2015 Kadoorie Poster competition. Four prizes will be awarded, and the categories are: –

Best Case Summary for trainees at ST4 and below

Best Case Summary for trainees ST5 and above

Most Effective Audit

Most Original Poster – any category.

The STC meeting will follow at 16:00.

TOPICS FOR THE DAY – Transfer in Critical Care and Toxicology for the Intensivist

For further information please contact Trish via email or telephone. 01865 220621

Please fill in the booking form below if you wish to attend and/or submit a poster and email the form back to Trish Greenall.



On the 16th of September 2015 OXFICE is running a one day trans thoracic echo course designed for trainees and consultants in critical care, emergency medicine and anaesthesia with faculty comprising ICU & Cardiology including both FICE and BSE council members.  The course feature interactive tutorials on basic scanning principles, scanning practice in small groups with experienced mentors, interactive echo simulators and a problem based video scenarios session

Cost: £100

Email for more information.


Reflection for appraisal

With our ARCP dates looming and the requirement to reflect formally now a reality, the anaesthetic registrar teaching OXDAT organised a training day last month via the deanery with Mcguire healthcare.

The slides from the presenters talk are below – attending the session was a lot more useful than just reading these, but hopefully will act as a reminder for those that were there and as a vague starting point for those who weren’t…

FICE course in Reading 1st May 2015

The Royal Berkshire Hospital is set to run its next Focused Intensive Care Echo course on 1st of May 2015. This is a 1 day course aimed at those working in acute specialities with an interest in basic echocardiography and the use of ultrasound in acute decision making, the accreditation then comprises a logbook of 50 scans within a 1 year period. Further information available at

The course is approved by the ICS and will take the same format as previous years. The day comprises of some mandatory lectures but with maximal hands on experience. Candidates will image patients with normal studies and progress to identifying pathology later in the day. Lunch provided.

contact for further details and application.

cost to candidates of £200

discounted to £100 for those within Thames Valley Deanery and free for RBH employees.

Oxford region Intensive Care Society Spring meeting ORICS

ORICS spring meeting page

The ORICS Spring meeting is to be held in Milton Keynes hospital on the 22nd of April.

We have a great line up of some local and some external speakers

It will be of interest to anyone who works in or interacts with an ICU in the region – with medical updates, and a look at how we manage the DGH patient awating transfer to an ECMO centre.

There is a poster competition for trainees with prizes – deadline end of March – use the form below to submit your abstract now! – There are two levels of entry: 1) Basic/Intermediate 2) Advanced and topics can include audit, research or case reports – anything related to ICM.

ORICS programme 

Abstract submission form

Trauma Team Leader

Trauma Team Leader Training at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

There are two components to Oxford’s Trauma Team Leader training:

·         The Behavioural Understanding Course: this course is held over 1.5 days and looks at non-technical skills related to trauma team leadership. Lecture and practical exercises on the first day cover human factors, concepts of crew resource management (CRM) and team resource management (TRM) and puts them into the context of Trauma Team leadership. This is followed by a day of simulation scenario training allowing participants to put into practice what they have learnt.

·         The Oxford Advanced Trauma Skills Course (Beyond ATLS): This course is run over 3 days and concentrates on the core knowledge and practical skills that are beyond ATLS understanding and reviews the most recent practices and research related to major trauma clinical management. Two days of lectures and practical sessions are followed by a day in the simulation centre tackling some the most serious trauma scenarios that may be encountered.

Please see attached flyers in the links and for further details including dates for 2015, for further information or to book please contact:

Trauma research in the Thames Valley


On 14th January 2015, the Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust will be hosting a day to Celebrate Trauma Research in the Thames Valley

The event will run from 9am – 5pm at Park House, University of Reading Whiteknights Campus.

The morning sessions will focus on trauma pre-hospital and in the Emergency Department.

Please see this flyer for further information.

To book your place, please complete this booking form and return to:

ORICS Autumn meeting 2014

The autumn meeting of the Oxford Region Intensive Care Society is on the 23rd of September 2014 in the west wing teaching suite of the JR in Oxford.  Details are available in the poster, the themes are:

“Getting to the heart of the matter”  – Fluid balance, diastolic function in critical illness, the right heart and the left ventricle in sepsis

“Trauma care in 2014” – Physiology of massive haemorrhage and trauma networks

Additionally the Kadoorie prize has changed this year – see the rule sheet for details – submissions are on the day but need to be in poster format.

Please contact Trish Greenall at or Tel: 01865 220621 to reserve your place.