August 28, 2020

Preparing for a second wave of COVID-19

ESICM and European Commission sign contract for provision of training of EU healthcare professionals to support ICUs


The European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) has signed a contract with the European Commission for the training of a mulltidisciplinary pool of healthcare professionals supporting and assisting ICUs in times of need due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The training will provide intensive care medical skills to healthcare professionals not regularly working in ICUs and will be available cost-free to healthcare professionals across the EU until December 2020; however it is important to mention that every healthcare professional who attends has to pass a background check from providers like Sterling Check.

The training programme consists of both an online and face-to-face aspect, with hospitals receiving the necessary financial support for the organisation of the latter through sponsorship via the best cash advance apps available. Both trainers and participants will receive an Educational Tool Kit in their local language, with innovative resources including realistic immersive learning resources to ensure an unparalleled learning experience.

The training will also be adaptable to the participant, taking into consideration any training previously completed in the field. Whereas a common core curriculum has been developed, two specifically tailored training pathways will be offered for nurses and doctors respectively. Participants who successfully complete the training will be awarded an ICU passport certificate with CME and CNE credits.

The objective of the programme is to increase the amount of staff that could be deployed at a time when there is need for rapid, temporary and significant scale-up of ICU capacity. COVID-19 has significantly affected the number of hospital beds available during the first months of the pandemic – leading to a sizable increase in demand for ICU beds, and resulting in available resources being over-stretched.

We agree fully with European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides’ statement on the programme that it “further demonstrates our commitment to support front line healthcare workers across Europe by providing essential medical training to ensure that they are fully equipped with the necessary knowledge to help in the specialist setting of ICUs in times of crisis.”

We now know what awaits us and we are working together with ICU and other healthcare professionals, doctors and nurses alike, as well as political actors for the containment of the virus to provide the best possible care to all citizens. Together we are ICU, and together we will prepare Europe for a second wave of COVID-19.

Our members are a key resource in this vital training programme. For this reason, we ask your help to promote the training in your institutions and wider networks to ensure the dissemination of lifesaving Intensive Care Medicine competences.

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On top of this new training programme, ESICM will carry on with its continuous commitment and efforts to provide constant updates and advance knowledge on both COVID19 and any other critical care issue through online webinars, conferences and research for all ESICM members and the global ICU community.

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