The Critical Care Team - About Us
We have a large team of over 300 experienced doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, radiographers, pharmacists and other allied health professionals (AHPs), who look after both intensive care units, whilst also providing support, assistance and education to the rest of the hospital through our dedicated outreach team.
We have 18 intensive care consultants who together ensure we provide a consultant-led service 365 days a year, supported by over 30 trainees, specialty doctors and international medical graduates. The consultant body is a strong one with many of us taking up senior roles, whilst always having the desire to maintain and improve the care patients receive.
We pride ourselves on the multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach we take to patient care with strong working relationships between medical, nursing and AHP staff. As well as weekly MDT meetings, we have a close working relationship on a daily basis.
Trainees from Health Education North West
We offer training opportunities to doctors at various stages of their training. We get foundation doctors who have recently graduated from the medical school needing lots of supervision and support, ACCS & ICM trainees who need further development of their clinical skills and knowledge, and ICM trainees in their advanced year who are 6-12 months away from their consultant post looking for management and leadership experience along with further development of their clinical skills.
International medical graduates (IMGs)
IMGs are an integral part of the team and we have a reputation of supporting IMGs in career progression and development of critical care skills to take it back to their home country. Currently they are employed as specialty doctors or medical training initiative (MTI) international fellows. Specialty doctors are IMGs qualified in anaesthesia and critical care abroad and they obtain General Medical Council (GMC) registration by completing PLAB (Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board test), qualifications recognised by GMC or royal college examinations. Specialty doctors have completed royal college examinations and obtained UK ICM training posts, while few others have returned to their home country gaining huge critical care experience and skills, along with valuable medical leadership and education skills.
MTI is the initiative of The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCOA) to offer training opportunities for anaesthetists from low and lower middle income countries. This scheme will allow individuals to undertake a training placement in a UK hospital for a maximum period of 24 months. Anaesthetists who undertake training via the MTI route will benefit from world class clinical training, and also gain non-clinical skills such as medical education and leadership.
Clinical fellow posts
We also offer various fellow posts at junior and senior level for UK candidates who want further experience in critical care. These posts are suited for post F2, CT2 or ST3+ doctors who want to further develop critical care skills. These posts also have the added benefit of education, research, health informatics or trauma component added to the post where candidates get half a day a week to get involved in one of the three components of their choice. They work directly under the supervision of consultants with interest and experience in the above fields
Advanced Critical Care Practitioner (ACCP) program
We are one of the few hospitals in the North West to train ACCPs. We currently have three ACCPs in training, and provide their training in conjunction with the University of Salford. The forward plan is to train a cohort of ACCPs to provide continuity on critical care and work alongside clinicians in the day-to-day management of patients.