The WICS website is in the process of moving here: https://www.welshics.org/
This current website will no longer be updated.
The Welsh Intensive Care Society is changing the method by which annual subscription fees are paid.
Existing members should by now have received an email from the WICS Treasurer regarding how to set up an annual direct debit.
For those wishing to update their membership contact details – and for colleagues whose understanding is that they are current WICS members but have not received this email – messages should please be addressed to: WICSsecretary@gmail.com.
Application for new membership of the Welsh Intensive Care Society can be made here.
On 12th July, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services issued a statement regarding critical care capacity in Wales. In this, Mr Gething rightly praised the standards of care delivered within Welsh critical care despite the strain and pressures of the environment in which we work. The commitment of new recurrent funding of £15 million per year to support the development of critical care services is extremely welcome.
The planned programme of work is broad, and will consider provision of outreach, long-term ventilation, post-anaesthesia care unit (PACU) and transfer as well as core requirements for critical care bed capacity and workforce. However, it is essential that this programme does not lose sight of the fact that Wales has significantly lower critical care bed capacity than elsewhere in the UK and that efficiencies will not suffice in meeting escalating demands for critical care. Since the Critical Care Networks identified a need for an additional 73 critical care beds in 2014, there has been an increase of only 8 beds across Wales – some of which have been designated PACU level 1 beds.
The Welsh Intensive Care Society is very pleased to have the opportunity to take part in the Task and Finish Group overseeing this programme of work and are committed to representing the views of WICS members. Comments from WICS members can be directed to: WICSchair@gmail.com.
Chair of WICS
WICS Summer Scientific Meeting, 20th and 21st June 2019: St George’s Hotel, Llandudno.
The next WICS Summer Scientific Meeting will be held in the Victorian seaside resort town of Llandudno. This is an excellent base for exploring the North Wales coast, Snowdonia and the Conwy Valley, and we hope makes travelling to the event easy for attendees.
More details on the programme to follow soon.
We hope you can join us.
The WICS Summer Scientific Meeting will be held this year in the award winning St Bride’s Spa in Saundersfoot on the 21st and 22nd of June 2018.
Among the many national and international speakers scheduled to talk are Professor Anders Perner (Copenhagen) – Keynote speaker , Dr Charlotte Summers (Cambridge) and Dr Zudin Puthucheary (University College London).
The 2 day meeting will attract 10 RCoA CPD points and is open to all healthcare professionals and trainees regardless of whether they are WICS members or not.
We are pleased to announce that Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Europe have agreed to be the platinum sponsors for the event and will be holding a satellite symposium during the meeting.
The meeting will also feature the Ed Major Prize (for all non consultants – entry details available from the Audit and research secretary on WICSARG@gmail.com), an Industry fair, the Annual General Meeting of WICS and the annual WICS dinner and social event.
There are discounts for WICS members, Trainees, Nurses and AHPs and also a further “Early bird” discount for registrations before 19th April – see below.
Places are limited so book now.
Evening meal : £40 per person
For further details or to register please email:
Ms Susan James – meeting secretary – Susan.James6@Wales.nhs.uk
Dr Hywel Roberts – meeting organiser – WICSchair@gmail.com
Please note that registration fees and booking for the evening meal will be through WICS.
Booking of hotel rooms for delegates will be directly with the hotel at a special WICS discounted rate if booked before 19th May. Details of how to book these rooms are on the registration form for the meeting.
Please have a look at the website below from our colleagues in NHS Scotland. It is meant as a resource for patients and relatives and gives information about critical care recovery. You may find it a useful resource for your patients and relatives.
Following many years of frozen membership fees it was decided by a vote at the AGM in June to increase the membership fees for some membership categories to help the Society to meet it’s financial obligations. WICS is sympathetic to the pay constraint experienced by public sector staff over recent years and so fees will only increase for higher earning members. Consultant membership rate is therefore increased to £50 annually and Staff Grade membership is increased to £30 from the date of the AGM (22 June 2017).
Trainee doctor, nurse, AHP and student membership fees remain unchanged.
Members will be emailed by the secretary shortly with further details. Please note that those who pay by standing order will need to amend their payment amount before their next renewal to remain in good standing.
Full details on membership fees and how to join can be viewed on the “Join” tab above.
Please find below a flyer advertising a FICE Echo and Chess USS course in North Wales on 24-26th July. This is not a “WICS” event but we wholeheartedly support the course and would recommend it to our members. Full details are on the flyer.
The 2017 WICS Allied Health Professionals Meeting which will be held again at the Princess of Wales Hospital on Friday 5th May at a cost of £10 for non-members but FREE for WICS members (you can join under the Forum tab above). For further details see attached programme.