FICM Lifelong Learning Platform FAQs

We asked all ICM trainees to download their data from NES (our previous ePortfolio supplier) as a PDF and upload it to the new system by 31 January 2022  and upload it as a PDF to the document store of the new FICM ePortfolio. In order to easily assess performance, Educational Supervisors will create a summary report on their trainee’s progression for ARCP panels so they do not have to review a large PDF file of data.

The new ICM curriculum launched on 4 August 2021, and Educational Supervisors will have met with their trainees in order to map their progress on the old curriculum against the new High Level Learning Outcomes in the new FICM ePortfolio.

  • All trainees in Stages 1 and 2 move to the new curriculum on 4 August 2021 and this will only be available in the new ICM e-Portfolio.
  • Stage 3 trainees were able to remain on the old system until completion of training, provided this falls before 31 December 2021.
  • All ICM trainees that have been successfully recruited onto a UK based ICM training programme (this will include eligible MTI doctors just as it does now).
  • We are also able to provide doctors that want to apply for Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR) in Intensive Care Medicine with access to the FICM LLP, as long as they are eligible to apply and successfully get approved for either Associate Membership or as a Member (MFICM) of the Faculty.

The bespoke Lifelong Learning Platform (LLP) was launched by the Royal College of Anaesthetists in August 2018 as a much-enhanced upgrade on their former trainee ePortfolio system. The LLP is maintained by an external supplier Cyber-Duck and we have already started work with them on the new FICM ePortfolio.

  • To ensure that we are developing the excellent Intensivists of tomorrow, training and assessment must evolve. Following a prolonged and concerted effort the FICM have developed a new curriculum for Intensive Care Medicine. Further information on this new curriculum can be found here. During this development we listened carefully to the needs of trainees. They told us that they wanted us to reduce the administrative burden of training, and wanted it to be easier to demonstrate capability across domains of practice. To meet these needs and the changes brought by the new curriculum we needed a new ePortfolio.
  • The Faculty’s aim with the move to a new ePortfolio platform is to make life easier for our trainees and trainers. We have already revised the curriculum to remove the necessity for trainees to complete 96 competencies per Stage of training, and we want to build a new streamlined ePortfolio to align with this.

We are working with e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) and the Lifelong Learning Platform developers, Cyber-Duck, to try and replicate this functionality on the new system. 

Having both the FICM and RCoA’s portfolios on the same platform means that ICM/Anaesthesia dual CCT trainees will now only have to use one platform to record their training. Trainers and trainees who do not use the LLP for training in Anaesthesia will be given clear and simple guidance on recording their progress in the e-Portfolio.

We are not going to be mandating or incorporating any specific ICM logbook element to the new system at this stage. This is something we may look to at introducing in the future.

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