2021 Curriculum learning syllabus: stage 3

Published: 24/02/2021

Intensive Care

Stage learning outcomes

  • Maintains the capabilities achieved at stage 2
  • Provides safe and effective care for critically ill patients with specialist help and guidance

Key capabilities A to G


Recognises the limitations of intensive care and explains appropriate admission criteria


Can safely plan and conduct the transfer from, and return to, the intensive care unit for patients requiring multi-organ support


Recognises and manages the surgical patient who would benefit from pre and/or post-operative critical care


Provides safe anaesthetic care for the critically ill patient who needs to return to theatre from the intensive care unit


Recognises and manages the patient with sepsis and employs local infection control policies


Explains the physiological and pharmacological requirements for the clinical management of the patient for organ donation


Supports clinical staff outside the ICU to enable the early detection of the deteriorating patient

Examples of evidence

Experience & logbook:
  • experience from theatre and on call work in intensive care.
Supervised Learning Events (SLEs) can be used to demonstrate:
  • initial assessment, stabilisation and management of the critically ill patient including examples from obstetrics, multiple trauma, major surgical haemorrhage
  • anaesthesia for ICU patients requiring surgical intervention such as surgical tracheostomy, laparotomy, trauma surgery
  • emergency surgery in a critically ill patient requiring organ support
  • management of patient for organ donation
  • paediatric resuscitation and stabilisation
  • transfer of critically ill patient to remote sites such as MRI scanner, catheter laboratory
  • discussion with relatives following resuscitation.
Personal Activities and Personal Reflections may include:
  • completion of resuscitation courses
  • simulation training
  • attendance at scientific meetings with focus on intensive care medicine
  • attendance at ICU follow up clinic.

Cross links with other domains and capabilities

  • Professional Behaviours and Communication
  • General Anaesthesia
  • Resuscitation and Transfer