Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine

The Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine is the body in Ireland responsible for higher professional training in Intensive Care Medicine.  It is a Joint Faculty, in that it has representation of all the post-graduate training bodies – the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, as well as representation from the Intensive Care Society of Ireland. For more information on the Faculty please go to  

Faculty Activities

Specialist Anaesthesiology Training Programme The Joint Faculty, on behalf of the College, supports Specialist Anaesthesiology Trainees to develop their practice of Intensive Care Medicine during their training programme. The College has set down certain minimum standards regarding duration and structure of training in Intensive Care Medicine.  All trainees should complete six months of structured, supervised training in intensive care medicine.  This should be modular in format comprising at least one 2-month module in an ICU recognized for training.

The college introduced the new CAI Post SAT – CSCST Fellowship Posts (SAT 7)  in July 2021. These posts will replace the Special Interest Year Posts previously taken up as part of the SAT 6 year of training.

A CAI Post SAT – CSCST Fellowship post is undertaken as a 7th year of training. It is optional and will be allocated on the basis of competition. The posts are open only to trainees who have successfully completed their 6 years training on the Specialist Anaesthesiology Training Programme (‘the Programme’).

Places are limited to 15 per year and are currently available in Intensive Care Medicine and other specialties including:

Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia
Obstetric Anaesthesia
Onco Anaesthesia
Paediatric Anaesthesia
Paediatric Intensive Care
Pain Medicine
Regional Anaesthesia

The posts are approved by the College and will provide a structured certifiable experience immediately following CSCST, designed to deliver the requirements of a particular sub-specialty beyond that obtained during the 6 year Programme.


To be eligible for a Fellowship post, a trainee must have satisfactorily completed the SAT Programme and have been confirmed as suitable for award of CSCST by the Directors of Training, within six months of taking up the post, i.e. have completed their training in the January or July of the year the post is available. The appointment process will be as follows:


  • The Training Department will write to eligible trainees during their SAT 6 year and invite expressions of interest;
  • Appointments will be made by the Directors of Training on behalf of the Training and Education Committee of the College;
  • Where more expressions than available posts are received, a competitive interview process will be held, managed by the Training Department and involving the relevant hospital;
  • Supervision and assessment will be carried out jointly by the Training Department and the Hospital;
  • Trainees will remain on the Trainee Specialist Register for the duration of the Fellowship;
  • On successful completion of the year the trainee will be awarded a CAI Certificate of Fellowship confirming one year’s additional training in the relevant sub-specialty or one year’s additional training in the dual specialty where appropriate.


Applications are now closed for posts commencing July 2023. Applications for the training programme commencing July 2024 will open in July/August 2023.


Advanced Clinical Fellowship (Year 2 ICM Training) applicants must:

  1. Have achieved CSCST or entry onto the Medical Council Specialist Register in base specialty by commencement of post
  2. Have completed one year of JFICMI accredited intensive care medicine training and attempted the FJFICMI examination.


Clinical Fellowship (Year One) in Intensive Care Medicine applicants must:

  1. Have completed CSCST in base specialty


  1. Be eligible for a recognised year out of programme from base specialty (RCPI/RCSI/EM).

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to provide a reference letter from most recent head of department

Further details available from

See also information re Higher Specialist Training in Intensive Care Medicine here


The Intensive Care Medicine Training programme is a national training programme. Applicants completing the two year specialist intensive care medicine training programme will spend a minimum of six months outside the Dublin region. The full list of JFICMI training hospitals can be found  here.

The following hospitals are approved for training in Intensive Care Medicine:

    • Beaumont Hospital, Dublin*
    • Cork University Hospital
    • Galway University Hospital*
    • Limerick University Hospital
    • Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin*
    • Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Dublin*
    • St James’s Hospital, Dublin*
    • St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin*
    • Tallaght University Hospital, Dublin

    (*Hospitals recognised for both year 1 and year 2 ICM training)

The primary route for becoming a Fellow of the Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine of Ireland is by completing the prescribed period of training and achieving success at the JFICMI’s Fellowship examination. A second (less common) means of achieving Fellowship is by admission as an ad eundum Fellow – the individual doctor having been assessed and approved by the Faculty’s Credentials Committee as the holder of JFICMI-equivalent training and examination. Honorary Fellowship is the only other category of Fellow. Regulations pertaining to Fellowship can be read in sections 6 and 7 of the Faculty’s Memorandum and Articles of Association.

The Board of the Joint Faculty of the Intensive Care Medicine 2022 is constituted as follows:


Dr Andrew Westbrook
Elected Member
Dr Jennifer Hastings
Elected Member
Vice Dean & Chair of JFICMI Credentials Committee
Dr John Bates
Elected Member
Immediate past Dean
Dr Enda O’Connor
Elected Member
Chair of Training
Prof Gerard Curley
Elected Member
Chair of Education
Dr Donal Ryan
Elected Member
Chair of Exams
Dr Kevin Clarkson
Elected Member
Ordinary Board Member
Dr Catherine Nix
Elected Member
Hon Secretary
Dr Patrick Seigne
Elected Member
Hon Treasurer

 Since 2009, the Faculty has taken over the role of the Irish Board of Intensive Care Medicine and its Memorandum and Articles of Association. Its purpose is primarily to facilitate the training, examination and related accreditation activities for Intensive Care doctors and their institutions in Ireland. The Joint Faculty supervises ICM Training and accredits Trainees and Training Institutions. The beginning of Intensive Care in medicine is attributed to introduction of novel successful (ventilatory) treatment of Poliomyelitis-related respiratory failure by Ibsen et al in Scandinavia in the early 1950’s. The first ICUs in Ireland were in 1959 and ’61 at Dublin and Belfast and many ICUs then developed.

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