Meet the new members of the Intensive Care Society: Trainee Advisory Group 

The Intensive Care Society is pleased to introduce THREE new members elected by trainee members into the ICS Trainee Advisory Group. Read more about them, their areas of interest and where they hope to add value.

Emma Jackson
@dremmaj_icu

Emma is an ST 5 undertaking single specialty ICM training and has a background in Emergency Medicine. She has a specialist interest in the humanisation of Critical Care for patients and relatives, aimed at reducing both short and long-term psychological consequences.  

To date, she has designed and delivered an Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) programme at her base hospital, successfully introducing dogs and horses to the ward. Building on this, she intends to write guidelines for AAT throughout Critical Care Units across the rest of the UK in partnership with the ICS, a project which is already in the planning phase.  

She is currently undertaking a Special Skills Year in Quality Improvement and feels this adds crucial development opportunities to maintain and drive high standards of care within her unit. A significant proportion of this involves delivering education to the whole Critical Care team about the value, importance, and impact of maintaining high practice standards.  

As a single speciality trainee, she believes it is particularly important to be involved in workplace planning, such as designing and implementing strategies to prevent staff burn-out. This is something she hopes to prioritise as a member of the ICS Trainee Committee and is confident she’ll be able to deliver.

Sam Clark
@clark_samr 

Sam is a single ICM ST3 trainee and in his role wholeheartedly intends to contribute to the divisions of learning, standards and professional affairs. Personal areas of interest for him include staff welfare, as well as supportive and end-of-life care experience for patients, their families and the staff involved.  

Burnout is now well publicised in our field and Sam has first-hand experience of it. Through a challenging period in his career he has a newfound understanding of the pressures and decisions that trainee doctors must make as part of their professional journey. He found himself once disillusioned with his vision of a fulfilling career after various attempts to succeed in exams and gradually lost confidence in his own abilities. He altered his career trajectory and worked as a speciality doctor at The Christie (a world leading cancer centre based in the North West) and it was here that Sam was able to discover his potential as a leader and not just a follower. Through this challenge he renewed his perspective, professionally and personally, through knowledge and experience sharing.  

By overcoming personal adversity, he now has much to share in support and advocacy for our professional body in terms of welfare; advocating for trainees and empowering others to achieve a fulfilling career in ICM.

Sara Scott
@cat_people

 

Sara is a less than full time dual anaesthesia and ICM trainee with a lot to offer the committee. She is interested in medical education, human factors and trainee well-being and her main clinical interests are maternal critical care and perioperative medicine.  

She has been involved with local teaching within her deanery and also in a rural Indian hospital as part of her work with the SVJC Trust. Having attended the State of the Art conference on several occasions, and found it both inspiring and of excellent educational benefit, she relishes the opportunity to get involved with the organisation and planning of this and other future educational events.  

Working within intensive care can be stressful and Sara is passionate about developing policies and strategies to help support staff, improve working conditions and help reduce burnout. She is also keen to ensure that trainees working less than full time in intensive care are represented and are not disadvantaged during their training.