Important! The ICF training course, launched in 2023 in LIVES Milan, is ready to be implemented in hospitals/ countries all over Europe. If you wish to hold an ICF course in your hospital/country please contact us at

Stay tuned to the ICF webpage to learn about the 2024 ICF local events.

Intensive Care Fundamentals (ICF) is a new hybrid educational initiative combining self-paced learning and interactive face-to-face teaching by ESICM-trained and certified faculty delivered in local languages to doctors, newcomers to ICU, and junior Advanced Critical Care Practitioners (ACCPs).

The ICF face-to-face event has been accredited by the European Board for Accreditation of Continuing Education for Health Professionals (EBAC®) with 16 CMEs.  

ICF Faculty Development Day

become effective ICF trainers

The ICF Faculty Development Day was scheduled on March 22, 2024, in Brussels.


The second ICF Faculty Development Day was held in Athens on the 22nd of April

A unique opportunity for Greek-speaking experts to participate in this ICF training event hosted in Greece.



Next Local Sessions

June 14-15

Ongoing registration


June 19-20

Ongoing registration


July 20-21

Ongoing registration


30 Sept- 1 Oct

Ongoing registration

October 12-13

Ongoing registration

October 17-18

Ongoing registration

Intensive Care Fundamentals (ICF) is a new educational initiative carefully prepared and standardised by ESICM experts to be delivered locally in local languages by ESICM-trained and certified faculty.

ICF adopts the successful hybrid education model with self-paced learning at home and an interactive face-to-face component at local level.

For the first module of self-paced learning, the trainees will have access to the Intensive Care Fundamentals book that contains practically oriented essential knowledge complementary to the content of the face-to-face course.

The second module is a standardised 2-day face-to-face local course composed by:

  • case-based scenarios
  • interactive workshops
  • and simulations.

The formats were chosen to allow enough flexibility to tailor the training according to local practices, SOPs, and habits, whilst the principles of current evidence-based practices that should be common across countries and hospitals are firmly embedded in the standardised content.

The ICF local training will have a faculty composed of ICF-certified trainers and one guest core faculty.

Each ICF trainer must follow the ICF Trainers’ Development Day to:

  • get familiar with the ICF Course content
  • learn how to set it up in their hospitals and
  • get certified as an ICF Trainer.

Intended learning outcomes include the minimum required knowledge and skills to start working in ICU safely.

Outcomes 1: The deteriorating patient

  • Identify an acutely ill or deteriorating patient (in a simulated setting)
  • Identify life-threatening conditions in an effective and timely fashion using the ABCDE approach (in a simulated setting)
  • Stabilise and initiate treatment for a critically ill patient (in a simulated setting)
  • Discuss the risks and possible pitfalls of transporting a critically ill patient
  • Recognise and manage circulatory arrest and peri-arrest states (in a simulated setting)
  • Describe the patient at risk of difficult intubation

Outcomes 2: Ward round

  • Demonstrate a routine daily reassessment of a patient in a structured manner (in a simulated setting)
  • Effectively prescribe venous thromboembolic disease and stress ulcers prophylaxis

Outcomes 3: Organ support

  • Acute respiratory failure
  • Shock and Haemodynamic monitoring
  • Sepsis and septic shock
  • Metabolic derangements
  • Renal failure
  • Nutrition
  • Treatment and prevention of delirium, sedation and analgesia

Outcomes 4: Specific pathologies in the intensive care unit

  • Trauma and Surgery
  • Neurological emergencies and basics of neurointensive care
  • Medical emergencies

Outcomes 5: Non-technical aspects of intensive care    

  • Ethics of intensive care, end-of-life aspects
  • Crisis resource management and communication in crisis

Outcomes 6: Equipment

  • Troubleshoot common issues with equipment: monitoring, arterial lines, central venous catheters, and chest drain

The course content consists of preparatory material (pre-reading) and a 2-day face-to-face course.

Part 1: Preparatory Material

Online pre-test and ICF book as pre-reading material.

    • Key concepts in intensive care medicine
    • Organ dysfunction and support
    • Common challenges and troubleshooting in ICU
    • Appendices including ICU drug chart, useful checklists and algorithms, ICU trainee survival guide.

Part 2: Face-to-face course

  • Frontal lecture: Introduction
  • Interactive workshops
    • Basics of mechanical ventilation
    • Screens and haemodynamics
    • Interpretation of blood gases
  • Basics of mechanical ventilation, haemodynamics and auxiliary methods
  • Case-based workshops
    • Pulmonary sepsis
    • Major surgery
  • Simulation scenarios
    • Medical
    • Bleeding
  • Optional: Locally-specific lectures – ICU walk-round

Programme Director

Mo AL-HADDAD MBChB, FRCA, FFICM, EDIC, MSc (Clinical Education) – Consultant in Critical Care and Anaesthesia, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital; Honorary Professor at the University of Glasgow

Founding Experts

  • Maurizio CECCONI MD, FRCA, FFICM, MD(Res) – Head of Department Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, IRCCS Istituto Clinico Humanitas; Professor of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care; Vice President MEDTEC School; Humanitas University; Past-President ESICM
  • Frantisek DUSKA MD, PhD, AFICM, EDIC – Associate Professor of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at FNKV University Hospital, Prague (CZ)
  • Eumorfia KONDILI MD – Prof of Intensive Care Medicine, Medical School, University of Crete, Greece. Head of Department of Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital of Heraklion
  • Anne LE ROY MD – Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Charles University, Third Faculty of Medicine and FNKV University Hospital in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic. Chairperson-Elect, ESICM CoBa-Faculty
  • Anne MECKLENBURG DESA, MSc (MHPE) – Senior Intensive Care Medicine Specialist, Specialist in Anaesthesiology and pre-hospital Emergency Medicine, Department of Intensive Care Medicine, University Medical Center Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
  • Frauke WEIDANZ MD – Consultant in Critical Care and Acute Medicine, NHS Lothian, Edinburgh (UK)
  • Doctors newcomers to ICU
  • Junior Advanced Critical Care Practitioners (ACCPs)

During 2023 we piloted the ICF course in different centers across Europe.

Consult ICF 2024 courses for the next training centers.

Past Local Training Events

Location: Simulation Centre, Mater Dei Hospital, Malta
Dates: 18-19 September, 2023
Number of Available Seats: 16
Course Director: C. Mizzi
Local Faculty: J.P. Vella, V. Koehl, A.M. Camilleri Podesta, M. Bonello, S. Sciberras, C. Tua, D.M. Bonnici

Location: Conference Centre Faculty of Medicine, ul. Sw. Lazarza 16, 31-530 Krakow
Dates: 23-24 September, 2023
Number of Available Seats: 8
Course Director: W. Szczeklik
ICF Core Faculty: J. Górka, M. Mikiewicz, I. Pabjańczyk, A. Wludarczyk

Location: Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, ICU, Level 1, Glasgow, UK
Dates: 20-21 June, 2023
Number of Available Seats: 8
Course Director: R. Allan
ICF Core Faculty: M. Al-Haddad, F. Weidanz
Local Faculty: S. Gaw, L. Denholm, J. Hunter

Location: Prague, Czech Republic, SIM Center, 3rd Faculty of Medicine, Ruska 87
Dates: 22-23 June, 2023
Number of Available Seats: 16
Course Director: F. Duska
ICF Core Faculty: F. Duska, A. Le Roy, J. Malaska 

Location: University of Ioannina, Lifelong Learning Centre, International Centre of Hellenic Education, Culture and Vocational Training (DIKEPPEE-“Stavros Niarchos”), University Campus, 45110, Ioannina, Greece
Dates: 27-28 June, 2023
Number of Available Seats: 8
Course Director: G.Papathanakos
ICF Core Faculty: E. Kondyli

Location: Lisbon, Portugal, Hospital de Sao Francisco Xavier
Dates: 28-29 June, 2023
Number of Available Seats: 8
Course Director: P. Povoa
ICF Core Faculty: A. Le Roy

Here you can find information about the courses held in 2024 

If you are interested in holding a Local Event at your hospital, do not hesitate to get in touch with us at

Past Local Training Events

Location: SIM Center, Third Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, Prague,
Dates: 5-6 February, 2024
Number of Available Seats: 6
Course Director: Frantisek. Duska
Local Faculty: Frantisek Duska, Anne Le Roy, Jan Beneš, Dmitriy Dinaburski

The ICF face-to-face event has been accredited by the European Board for Accreditation of Continuing Education for Health Professionals (EBAC®) with 16 CMEs.  

Through an agreement between the European Board for Accreditation of Continuing Education for Health Professionals and the American Medical Association physicians may convert EBAC® CE credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert EBAC credit to AMA credit can be found on the AMA website. Other healthcare professionals may obtain from the AMA a certificate of having participated in an activity eligible for conversion of credit to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.