With over 3000 members, the Intensive Care Society is the largest multi-professional critical care professional network in the UK. Membership offers you the chance to become part of an International network of Intensive Care Professionals.

We are dedicated to supporting our members across the many professions within critical care. Learn more about some of the ways we do below...

How do we add value to you?

Your voice - our influence

  • We are your voice: delivering what members are saying, turning your collective voice change to raise the profile of critical care.

  • The Society is your space to network, share thoughts, exchange ideas and collaborate with over 3000 like-minded professionals across growing platforms and avenues from events, to digital (Share your stories in blogs and a regular newsletter) and social media, through to public policy. We actively engage in consultations with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Department of Health and others.

  • Our new Legal and Ethical Advisory Group will develop guidance and policies to support members. This will ensure that we can tackle important pieces of work and difficult subjects in the right in order to make informed decisions on how to better shape critical care for the better.

  • We run fundraising campaigns on behalf of members to deliver members messages and enable us to do even more of what members have asked from us. 2020 is our 50th birthday and will be our biggest campaign to date! This will fund activities such as research and tackling problems that patients and staff experience as a result of intensive care through 'humanising ICU'.

Your professional practice - our education

Events and education days are tailored to the needs of members and they receive a discount:
  • Accreditation in FUSIC: A leading accreditation programme for critical care focused ultrasound in the UK. Our FUSIC accreditation modules in Heart, Lung, Abdominal and DVT allows you to design your own learning pathway.
  • Education for all: Education days take place throughout the year, across the UK, featuring speakers from all areas of critical care ensuring our education days benefit the whole multi professional team. Our education programme is tailored around the subjects our members have asked us to deliver.
  • State of the Art Conference:#ICSSOA is the largest critical care conference in UK and biggest multi-professional meeting in Europe. Each year over 100 speakers will present across five different work streams, with an abundance of opportunities to present your work and the opportunity to network with the breadth of the speciality from around the world.

Tools & resources:
  • Wherever you are, access our library of resources aims to support members wherever you might be in the UK or globally. Take a look at our website for open access education and support material including guidelines and handbooks.
  • We create free engaging podcasts throughout the year to ensure that everyone can access our educational content. Members are first to know what is out and share their knowledge in podcasts.
  • Your wellbeing is important to us: From encouraging members to discuss wellbeing by putting wellbeing and reducing the risk of burnout in critical care on event agendas and workplans, through to encouraging members to take a break with a lifestyle reward scheme providing members with preferential rates to exclusive offers on services, products and experiences from events, holidays, wellbeing products and more.
  • Transfer Insurance: Members have to look after the sickest of patients and this sometimes means inter hospital transfers. So to make sure you are covered, members have personal accident insurance up to £1,000,000 in the event of an accident in transit during transfer of a patient as part of your membership. Make sure you also check our updated guidance on the Transfer of the Critically Ill Adult.
  • Discounts: Discounted membership to the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM). 20% off Crit-IQ membership - an online resource with educational material, podcasts, exam support, echocardiography teaching and journal club.

Your patients - our research based care
  • National Audit for Critical Care: This is a collaborative project fronted by the Society and will be launched in 2020.
  • Research awards & grants: We award grants pump-priming ICU research and have awarded hundreds of thousands of pounds over the years. The Society’s research award winners have gone on to attain millions of additional NIHR portfolio funding supported by our role as the voice of the critical care community.
  • Journal of Intensive Care Society: The journal publishes original papers, review articles, critically appraised topics and audits of interest to all those involved in caring for critically ill patients. Members receive a quarterly copy of JICS.

Your region-our network
  • We collaborate with other like-minded organisations to help develop critical care and open up opportunities from these relationships. For instance, we are collaborating with Network for Improving Critical Care Systems and Training (NICST) who offer opportunities for UK trained health professionals to undertake international placements as part of their work to support capacity building.
  • We deliver projects to better connect the critical care community such as the soon-to-launch Local Ambassadors in ICUs. This work will see an Intensive Care Society point of contact in each unit or at least across the trust, giving our members easier access to the Society as well as helping us communicate with you all better. We can never have too many ambassadors, so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like to be one of them. 

Become a member

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Our 2021
membership fees

 SAS Doctor
 Senior Trainee (yrs 5-7)
 Trainee (years 1-4)
(Please contact us to discuss)

All amounts above are excluding an optional donation for ICS research

* As per the Regulations , the membership year begins on 1st January each year and ends on 31st December.
*Any member joining after 1st January and on or before 30th June shall pay a pro rata subscription fee to be charged on a quarterly basis and calculated from the beginning of each quarter of that calendar year. Any member joining after 1st July shall pay a minimum of half the annual fee that shall be charged from 1st July until the end of that calendar year.

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