The Old Programme

ICM training prior to the formation of the FICM programme – August 2012

Trainees are no longer appointed to this joint CCT programme. Those who have already been appointed to this training will continue on this programme.

In the old programme ICM training is divided into BASIC, INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED training blocks which run alongside a full CCT programme in a base specialty. Information about these are listed.


It consists of 6 months medicine, 6 months of Anaesthetics and 3 months of ICM in a recognised teaching unit.


Intermediate training normally lasts 6 months and is taken in one or two blocks. Again this can take place in any unit with training accreditation, but at least 3 months tends to be in the Oxford Adult Intensive Care Unit. During this period of training, trainees complete 10 extended case summaries which are assessed by their educational supervisor in the first instance and then assessed and signed off by the regional advisor in ICM.

Complimentary Specialty training

All trainees have to complete a period of training in both anaesthesia and medicine. Opportunities exist within the region for novice anaesthesia trainees to get medical experience and vice versa – these are set up on an individual basis for those who needed them.

CCT Program and Advanced Training

The final block of training consists of 12months advanced training in ICM, before trainees return to their base specialty training programme for up to one more year. Advanced trainees are encouraged to sit the FFICM and have an extremely high success rate.

At least 6 months of this advanced training takes place in Oxford with some posts rotating to either The Royal Berkshire Hospital or Wexham Park Hospital for 6 months. Modules of specialised ICM are available in microbiology, radiology, cardiothoracic, neuro-intensive care and paediatric intensive care. In addition to comprehensive critical care training, the successful candidates have opportunities to develop experience in management, research, teaching and audit. They are encouraged to lead ward rounds with appropriate supervision and take a lead role in the organization of medical staff.


Progression in the joint CCT programme

Progress is assessed at ARCP each year. Please see the ARCP page for more information