Guidelines for the Provision of Intensive Care Services - Edition 2 

Key Details 

June 2019
Supporting organisations
  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society 
Endorsing Organisations 
  • Intensive Care Society 
  • Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine 
  • Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Critical Care 
  • British Association of Critical Care Nurses
  • British Burn Association 
  • British Dietetic Association 
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapists 
  • Critical Care Networks
  • Critical Care Networks - National Nurse Leads
  • ICUsteps
  • National Outreach Forum 
  • Neuroaesthesia and Critical Care Society 
  • NHS Blood and Transport
  • Northern Ireland Intensive Care Society 
  • Paediatric Intensive Care Society 
  • Pharmacy Forum NI
  • Royal College of Anaesthetists
  • Royal College of Emergency Care Medicine 
  • Royal College of Nursing 
  • Royal College of Occupational Therapists 
  • Royal College of Physicians 
  • Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists 
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 
  • Scottish Intensive Care Society 
  • Society of Critical Care Technologies  
  • UK Clinical Pharmacy Association 
  • UK Critical Care Nursing Alliance 
  • Welsh Intensive Care Society 
  • Welsh Critical Care & Trauma Network 

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).

GPICS V2.  Resources.