Future Intensivists: FICM Intensivists in Training Conference

The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine Specialist Registrar Committee is thrilled to announce the inaugural National Intensivist in Training Conference “Future Intensivists 2024”, marking a significant milestone in the history of intensive care medicine in the UK. This landmark one-day event will be held at the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine in London on October 10th, 2024.

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Key details

Date: 10 October 2024 I 9pm - 17.30pm

Location: London, RCoA and Online

Availability: Places available

Join us at the RCoA, London for the FICM StR committee's inaugural Intensivist in Training Conference.

National thought leaders will take the platform, offering insights into the future trajectory of intensive care medicine and presenting cutting-edge research updates. Beyond the insightful sessions, the day is designed to foster invaluable networking opportunities, facilitating interactions among doctors from across the four nations and connecting them with senior leaders in the field.

Attendees can look forward to a diverse range of practical workshops and networking sessions, providing hands-on learning experiences and platforms for collaborative exchange. Moreover, the conference offers a platform for national abstract submissions and acknowledges outstanding contributions with prestigious awards. Social activities surrounding the conference aim to further cultivate bonds and solidarity among doctors from all regions.

To ensure accessibility, the event is fully supported by trainers, with all regional advisors and faculty tutors asked to support attendance and ensure study budget reimbursement.

In Person: The workshops will be running concurrently with the programme so please check the programme and workshop tabs when booking. 

We hope to see you there!

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Welcome and introduction

Dr Waqas Akhtar, Dr Rosie Worrall


Current & future landscape Intensive Care

Dr Daniele Bryden, FICM Dean


The role of the GMC & future of medical education

Prof Colin Melville, Director of Training & Standards GMC


Top 10 recent intensive care trials

Prof Charlotte Summers





Latest evidence in mechanical ventilation for ARDS for intensivists

Prof Luigi Camporota


Latest in Perioperative Management for Intensivists

Prof Ramani Moonesinghe


Latest evidence in Liver Intensive Care

Prof Julia Wendon





Intensivist in Training Oral Presentation



Intensivist in Training Oral Presentation



Updates in coronial processes

Mr Derek Winter, Deputy Chief Coroner





Latest in Obstetric Maternal Medicine

Prof Cathy Nielson Percy


Latest evidence on Sepsis

Prof Anthony Gordon, REMAP-CAP Lead

17:00 – 17:15

Abstract Awards and close of conference

Dr Sarah Clarke

17:15 – 18:15

Drinks reception






Networking Dinner: The FICM StR Sub-Committee are looking to arrange a networking dinner in the vicinity of the RCoA for ~£30-40 for all intensivists in training attending the conference. If you would be interested, please let us know after booking (further details via registration email).  


  Early bird discount (Available until 15th August) Price
In Person £135 £170
Online £85 £105



Prof Anthony Gordon
Chair in Anaesthesia & Critical Care, Imperial College London

Prof Anthony Gordon is the Head of Division of Anaesthetics, Pain Medicine and Intensive Care at Imperial, and NIHR Senior Investigator. His research focuses on developing precision medicine in sepsis.

He leads a multidisciplinary group investigating the use of -omic techniques and artificial intelligence (AI) to improve outcomes in sepsis. He has led multiple clinical trials that have shaped international sepsis guidelines. He leads the REMAP-CAP trial for COVID-19 and influenza in the UK, that has improved treatments for and saved hundreds of thousands of lives from severe COVID-19 around the world. He is the Director of the NIHR/NHS National Collaboration Research Programme (NRCP).

Prof Catherine Nelson-Piercy
Consultant Obstetric Physician at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals Trust and the Lead Obstetric Physician for the South East London Maternal Medicine Network

Catherine Nelson-Piercy is a Consultant Obstetric Physician at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals Trust and the Lead Obstetric Physician for the South East London Maternal Medicine Network. In 2010 she was awarded the title of Professor of Obstetric Medicine at King’s College London. Her undergraduate studies were at King’s College, Cambridge University and St Bartholomew’s Hospital. She trained as a physician, and was taught Obstetric Medicine by Professor Michael de Swiet.

Professor Nelson-Piercy is past President of the International Society of Obstetric Medicine (ISOM). She was founding co-editor in chief of the journal ‘Obstetric Medicine: the medicine of pregnancy.’

Professor Nelson-Piercy is a member of the NHS England expert group that developed the Networked model for maternal medicine and has been involved in the development of several evidence-based National Guidelines notably the RCOG Green top guidelines on “Reducing the risk of thromboembolism during pregnancy, birth & the puerperium” and ‘Management of nausea vomiting of pregnancy and hyperemesis gravidarum”. She has over 280 publications and has edited five books and written the successful Handbook of Obstetric Medicine, now in its sixth edition. She is also one of the central physician assessors for the UK Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths. 

Professor Colin Melville
Medical Director and Director of Education and Standards, General Medical Council

Professor Colin Melville has significant experience and expertise as a senior medical educationalist and NHS leader with previous roles encompassing Clinical Director, Medical Director, Director of Medical Education and Foundation School Director. He went on to senior academic leadership positions at HYMS, Warwick and Lancaster medical schools before joining the GMC as Medical Director and Director of Education and Standards in 2017.

As a member of the executive, he has led significant developments to the work of the GMC in support of undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, and in the key professional standards, Good medical practice.

He is currently leading on innovations and changes to medical training to meet public and service need, and support a culture of compassionate leadership.
His contributions have been recognised with Honorary Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Educators, Honorary Professor of Medical Education at the University of Manchester and Visiting Professor at Anglia Ruskin University.

Dr Daniele Bryden
FICM Dean, Consultant in adult Intensive Care Medicine in Sheffield

Danny is a Consultant in adult Intensive Care Medicine in Sheffield. In October 2022 she became FICM Dean, and embarked on leading the Faculty in work to form a  UK College of ICM. Danny’s other previous professional roles have included working on FICM Board as Lead Regional Advisor and Chair of the Careers, Recruitment and Workforce committee. Other roles have included a secondment to NHS Resolution advising on medical performance issues, an Associate Postgraduate Dean and National Critical Care Tutor for the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Her clinical and research interests are focused on decision making and frailty assessment in critical care. Danny also has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in law which have led to her medical professional interests in the wider area of medical professionalism and medical leadership.

She is proud to be a committed trainer and educational supervisor for intensivists in training.

Luigi Camporata
Consultant in Critical Care and Lead of the Severe Respiratory Failure and ECMO Service at St Thomas’ Hospital, Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at King’s College London

Luigi Camporota is the Past Chair of the Acute Respiratory Failure Section of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) and on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (AJRCCM) and Intensive Care Medicine (ICM). His clinical and research interest is His clinical and research interest in Respiratory failure, ARDS, mechanical ventilation, respiratory monitoring, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal (ECCO2R). He has contributed to over 260 published peer-reviewed papers and > 20 book chapters and edited a book in Intensive Care.

Professor Charlotte Summers
Director of the Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Heart and Lung Research Institute (www.hlri.cam.ac.uk) and Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at the University of Cambridge. Charlotte is also the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) National S

Charlotte graduated in both Biomedical Sciences and Medicine from the University of Southampton, and later undertook a Wellcome Trust-funded PhD at the University of Cambridge, alongside specialist clinical training in Respiratory (Cambridge) and Intensive Care Medicine (London). Subsequently, Charlotte was appointed as the UK’s first National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Lecturer in Intensive Care Medicine, and awarded both a Fulbright All-Disciplines Scholar Award and a Wellcome Trust Fellowship for Postdoctoral Clinician Scientists to undertake research at the University of California, San Francisco.  Charlotte returned to Cambridge in 2015, where she established a research group focusing on understanding the mechanisms underlying pneumonia, its more severe form, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and the translation of those insights into therapeutic benefits for patients.

Charlotte made a significant contribution to the global COVID response, advising the UK, German, US and other governments in her areas of expertise. As a member of the UK-COVID Therapeutic Advisory Panel, she was one of the team prioritising the therapies that should be investigated in the UK’s nine COVID platform clinical trials (including RECOVERY and REMAP-CAP), and she now undertakes a similar role for the national influenza clinical trial. Charlotte is the Chief Investigator of HEAL-COVID, a platform clinical trial open at 110 hospital sites across all four nations of the UK that aims to find drug therapies to improve the longer-term clinical outcomes of people who were hospitalised with COVID-19.


The workshops will run concurrently with the lectures. In-person delegates will be able to opt into workshops they wish to attend(please note that the the workshops cannot be viewed by online delegates).

The workshops will each be ran x4 times throughout the day, so delegates can chose which lectures they will opt out of in order to attend. 

Timings of the workshops are as follows:






Tracheostomy workshop

Faculty: Sofia Hanger, Giada Azzopardi

Feeling underconfident in percutaneous tracheostomy insertion? Struggling to gain exposure in your current rotation?

Attend the tracheostomy workshop to hear from experienced clinicians and practice your skills. 


  • Learn tips and tricks for improving your percutaneous tracheostomy technique from experienced critical care consultants
  • Increase your confidence in managing the peri-procedural complications
  • Practice percutaneous tracheostomy insertion on models, with faculty on hand for guidance

Careers Workshop

Faculty: Andy Martin, Shashi Chandrashekaraiah, Angela Lim, Taqua Dahab, Sekina Bakare

This workshop is designed to support ICM trainees preparing to apply for a consultant’s job in critical care, From the application process to negotiating job planning, and examples of how to incorporate specialist skills or Education roles into clinical work. It will also cover trainees considering alternative routes like the CESR/portfolio pathway.


  • To support ICM trainees preparing for their consultant's role.
  • To outline the CESR accreditation process as an alternative route

Mechanical Life Support (MLS) Workshop

Faculty: Alex Rosenberg, Sofia Pinto, Chris Bowles, Luke Flower

This workshops is a taster session of the MLS advanced course covering the basics of ECMO and Impella emergency management (see mls.training). The session will include an overview of the device components and approach to management of emergencies. There will be a group simulation of emergency scenarios utilising emergency algorithms.


  • ECMO and Impella device components and function
  • Management of emergencies on mechanical support
  • Simulation experience utilising emergency algorithm

TTE/TOE Workshop

Faculty: Antonio Rubino, Stuart Edwardson

This workshop will give you a selection of clinical pearls for using both transthoracic and transoesophageal echocardiography in critically unwell patients. This is targeted towards those who have acquired basic level of transthoracic scanning ability and working towards an accreditation.


  • Top tips for transthoracic echocardiography
  • Introduction to transoesophageal echocardiography
  • Assessment of a shocked patient on critical care

Abstract Competition

We're requesting abstracts from Trainee Intensivists to display at the conference. Abstracts can be clinical or innovative.

Suggested clinical abstracts can include interesting cases and innovation such as research, QIP and audits. 

The judging criteria is included in the link below and the winner will receive £100 prize, with trophies for the top 3 abstracts. 

The best abstract submissions will be selected for oral presentation on the day.

Please email your abstracts to contact@ficm.ac.uk by 5pm, 30th August 2024.