Oxford has been at the forefront of the development of Critical Care Echocardiography as a devolved specialty and uses the technology in everyday assessment of the critically ill patient (please see JICS 11:1 2010).
Echocardiography on the Oxford AICU and CICU is performed by the in-house Oxford Critical Care Echo Service lead by Claire Colebourn and her imaging consultant colleagues Graham Barker (point of care ultrasound lead), Dave Garry and Adrian Wong. With close links to the Cardiology department the service performs over 300 clinical transthoracic echoes annually and is fully equipped with advanced portable echo platforms. Oxford is one of the largest volume FICE accreditation centres in the UK and has been involved in setting up the current accreditation processes in critical care echo from the outset.
Service and training are provided by the Consultant leads and dedicated senior and junior Fellows in Critical Care Echocardiography who work towards achieving Critical Care Accreditation with the British Society of Echocardiography over an intensive training period.
For full details of the Oxford Critical Care Echo Service please the attached document.
If you wish to apply to train in either Critical Care Echo to ACCE level or in Point of Care Ultrasound please contact our team directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Training slots are appointed by interview and can be offered at ST5 or above including post CCT fellowships. See the poster below for details.
Royal Berkshire Hospitals also use critical care Echocardiography and run regular FICE courses.
For those in Buckinghamshire hospitals, Justin Mandeville offers an opportunity for supervised ECHO as part of FICE training on Thursday afternoons. If anyone in the region is interested then they can contact him directly.
Milton Keynes department of critical care has two FICE mentors and a mechanism for FICE sign off via cardiology.
Wexham Park Hospital has one FICE mentor and actively encourages training in echocardiography and point of care ultrasound.