Friday, 28 September, 2018
New Dean and officers of JFICMI
Congratulations to Dr John Bates on being elected unanimously as Dean, the term of office being three years. Congratulations also to Drs Michael Scully (elected as Vice Dean), Alan Gaffney (elected as Treasurer) and Donal Ryan (elected as Hon Secretary). There was much thanks and appreciation expressed to the outgoing Dean, Dr Jeanne Moriarty for her relentless and successful work during a difficult time of transition for the Joint Faculty.
Opening of Specialist register
It was reported that the practical issues and difficulties relating to opening the specialist register for ICM were addressed in detail with the Medical Council and a mechanism, for which there is precedent, has been formulated. The JFICMI have been invited to propose three members to facilitate the process and Drs Michael Scully, chair of JFICMI credentials committee and Brian Marsh and Dermot Phelan were agreed. Their work will be for completion within a specific time frame and will involve the facilitation of current consultants / trainers in ICM in joining the specialist register. The JFICMI agreed to forego its portion of the specified (level 5) administration fee during this period.
The AGM for 2018 will be held on December 6th. Updates to the Memorandum and Articles of Association are anticipated to require approval following the recent change in Governance arrangement whereby the JFICMI has become a Faculty of the CAI. There is preliminary agreement with the ICSI to join with the College of Anaesthesiologists ASM for 2019 and to run a parallel Critical Care programme.
A substantial update of the website is being undertaken and was approved by the Board. Its purpose is to achieve easier logbook and competence recording for trainees and supervisors of training, ready and correct categorisation of all members (Consultants, Trainees and Fellows) and to improve the billing and financial management facility.
Dr Brian March presented his work on updating the previous manpower report. In collaboration with the HSE’s National Critical Care Programme(NCCP), it is envisaged that its outcome will inform the approval of training post availability. In summary, there is now a national shortage of 37.6 Whole Time Equivalent(WTE) consultant positions in ICM and a need for a further ten positions is envisaged in the next ten years.
The Joint Faculty noted with approval the College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM – ANZ) recognition ceremony, at its Annual Congress in Hobart during the summer, of the development of ICM in Ireland in the last number of years. It was noted that the pattern of evolution in Ireland had in many instances tracked similar developments and advances in ANZ and the ongoing recognition of several Irish training centres by the CICM was noted and welcomed. A further item on this will be posted on the website.