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 Audit Toolkit

The toolkit has been developed to allow units to benchmark themselves against the standards and recommendations set out in the Guidelines for Provision of Intensive Care Services (GPICS) V2. This resource is currently a beta (test) test version and is now ready for piloting.

Important information
Units who take part in this benchmarking exercise will own their data.

Units are invited to share their data with GPICS leads to help us:

  1. To understand the current national/regional picture for the delivery of intensive care services and the landscape amongst the Operational Delivery Networks (ODNs).
  2. To build a more robust tool to complement GPICS V3.

Once unit data is received it will be de-identified to generate an anonymised national and/or regional picture.

How to complete the toolkit
This tool kit is not stand-alone resource and should be used alongside the full GPICS V2 document which is available here: GPICS 2nd Edition. We recommend that the toolkit is completed in collaboration with members of the multi-professional team, so that each section is completed by individuals who are best placed to make an accurate assessment. We are aware that defining compliance with standards and recommendations is difficult and have deliberately left this to the judgment of local clinicians and managers.

The standards and recommendations are presented in Excel format with a drop-down option of ‘met’, ‘partially met’, ‘not met’ or ‘not applicable to this service’ next to each guideline. The toolkit also allows units to produce a PDF summary page which provides a useful overview of their responses.