FICM welcomed as new member of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) becomes the newest member of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges on 1 June 2014.

The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, which was established in 2011, is the professional body responsible for the training, assessment, practice and continuing professional development of Intensive Care Medicine consultants in the UK. Intensive care medicine covers the management of the critically ill patients and patients requiring high dependency care and the Faculty has over 1900 members.

The Faculty’s application to join the Academy was supported by all of its “parent” Colleges and agreed unanimously by the Academy Council and Board of Trustees having met the criteria for membership.

The last new member of the Academy was the College of Emergency Medicine in 2008

Chairman of the Academy Professor Terence Stephenson said

“By definition, a new member joining the Academy is a fairly rare event. We are, therefore, particularly pleased to welcome the Faulty of Intensive Care Medicine into Academy membership.

The Faculty has developed hugely in the three years of its existence and provides a clear and distinct voice for the crucial specialty of intensive care medicine

The Academy speaks on standards of care and medical education across the UK by bringing together the expertise of medical Royal Colleges and Faculties. It is therefore really valuable to have the individual voice of intensive care medicine around the Academy table alongside all our other specialties.

I am sure that Anna Batchelor and the FILM will make an important contribution to the Academy”

Dean of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, Dr Anna Batchelor said

“There are many challenges ahead for the NHS, including the Shape of Training review, service reconfiguration, and the need to become a more caring service, all within significant financial limitations; medicine is a stronger voice for our patients if we work together.  The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine is delighted to become a member of the Academy and contribute the voice of those who care for the sickest patients in our hospitals to that of our colleagues in other Colleges and Faculties through the work of the Academy.”

03 June 2014