The Intensive Care Society is a multi-professional membership organisation that welcomes members from medicine, nursing and allied healthcare professionals. Our members take care of the sickest patients in hospital and support their families. The Society provides educational resources, support and advice to our members, patients and relatives. We are dedicated to the delivery of the highest quality of care and are the voice for intensive care in England.
The Society, through the Intensive Care Foundation, both determines the strategic direction of research and funds Intensive Care research in the UK, you can read about the research here.
As the representative body in the UK for intensive care professionals and patients we are the advocates for Intensive Care in a wide range of governmental and non-governmental institutions that include the Royal Colleges, NHS England and other organisations and societies with an associated stake or interest. We are represented on the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine.
Our Journal enables members to keep up to date with the latest thinking and research. The Society organises a number of educational meetings across England each year. Our flagship meeting, the 'State of the Art
', held in London in December attracts over 1000 delegates from the UK and around the world.
In 2003 The Intensive Care Society formed The Intensive Care Foundation with the specific aim to facilitate and support the highest quality collaborative intensive care research in the UK. The Intensive Care Foundation is an integral part of the Society. Although it is answerable to and partly funded by ICS Council, it has its own Board responsible for raising funds, facilitating, and coordinating UK research.
In addition to funding from Society members we fund raise from the general public, our industrial partners and receive support from our patron HRH The Princess Royal. Our current funds are not large enough to provide the complete funding to the projects we have chosen to be involved with (as much as 1-2 million pounds is needed to provide collaborative research for a single study). However by providing “pump prime” money and developing the project design through a peer reviewed process we have been able to attract sponsorship from some of the major national grant awarding bodies. (eg Medical Research Council, National Institute for Health Research).
We run a biannual research prioritisation exercise in which intensivists compete for a £50,000 grant to support their projects. We support annual awards to encourage research activity (Gold Medal and Young Investigator Awards) and provide expert support and advice to groups from UK intensive care units to help them prepare their own projects for grant applications.