On behalf of the Intensive Care Society (ICS) and the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM), welcome to the second edition of Guidelines for the Provision of Intensive Care Services (GPICS).
The first edition of GPICS (2015) was a landmark publication that built on the earlier Core Standards for Intensive Care Units (2013). GPICS has become the definitive reference source for the planning, commissioning and delivery of Adult Critical Care Services in the UK.
Many units have found the standards and recommendations within GPICS invaluable in developing successful business cases to enhance their local services and improve patient care. GPICS has also been used as the benchmark by which local services are peer reviewed and assessed by healthcare regulators, such as the Care Quality Commission (CQC).