Associated Groups

Valuable input into Council comes from a number of specialist areas of critical care. These ex officio members of the Council are part of it by virtue of holding another office in a relevant group. They do not have voting rights on Council.

SICSAG’s aim is to improve the quality of care delivered to these patients by monitoring and comparing activities and outcomes across Scottish Critical Care. This information can be used by clinical staff for quality improvement programmes, service planning and research. The Group has been active since 1995, and in 2006 joined Information Services Division (ISD), part of NHS National Services Scotland. They release an annual report of their findings and host a two-day annual joint meeting with the SCCTG in September.

Click here to see the SICSAG Audit of Critical Care in Scotland 2015, Reporting on 2014. This year the report also includes the HAI data from HPS.

The NRS Critical Care Specialty Group succeeded the Scottish Critical Care Trials Group in 2016. The group supports clinical research into critical illness via a Scotland-wide network of researchers. The NRS has a portfolio of eligibly funded and commercial research in Critical Care and works to ensure that critically ill patients in Scotland are given the opportunity to participate in high quality clinical trials. It represents Scotland at the NIHR National Specialty Group with which it works closely. This specialty lead is appointed by the Chief Scientist’s Office (CSO) and NRS The group comprises of “research champions” from each ICU in Scotland and also trainee, nursing and allied health professional representation. The group meets three times a year. There are two “face to face” meetings; one at the SICS ASM and the other at the joint meeting between Scottish Intensive Care Society Audit Group (SICSAG) and the NRS Critical Care Specialty Group. The third meeting is a teleconference.

Current members of the group are:

  • Dr. Michael Gillies (Specialty Group Lead)
  • Dr. Malcolm Sim (Depute Lead)
  • Dr. Steven Cole (Tayside)
  • Dr. Jonathan Whiteside (Highland)
  • Dr. David Griffith (Lothian)
  • Dr. Alex Puxty (Glasgow and Clyde)
  • Dr. Dewi Williams (Dumfries and Galloway)
  • Dr. Jonathan Rhodes (Lothian)
  • Dr. John Davidson (Glasgow and Clyde)
  • Dr. Jim Ruddy (Lanarkshire)
  • Dr. Robert Thomson (Fife)
  • Prof. Kevin Rooney (Glasgow and Clyde)
  • Dr. Jonathan Richards (Forth Valley)
  • Dr. Gordon Houston (Ayrshire and Arran)
  • Mr. Stephen Henderson (Glasgow and Clyde)
  • Dr. John Gardiner (Trainee member)
  • Dr. Tom Craven (Trainee Member)
  • Dr. Claire McCue (Trainee Member)
  • Dr. John Rae (Trainee Member)

Education and Training Group

The Education and Training Group leads the delivery of education by the society and is chaired by Dr Mike Gillies.  The group’s activities include the on-line induction modules, training days for Advanced ICM doctors, simulation courses at the Scottish Clinical Simulation Centre and the annual SICS Education Meeting.

With huge upheaval in the recruitment and training of future intensive care doctors across the UK, in addition to changes in the likely job prospects, working practices and career paths that they will face as consultants, updates on training matters are vital to Council. The Lead Regional Advisor for Intensive Care Medicine in Scotland is in an ideal position to exchange information with Council on such issues, and is invited to meetings when required.

Scottish Transplant Group

The STG was formed in 2001 to provide a regular forum to bring together representatives of the transplant community in Scotland, including a representative from the SICS. The STG is chaired by Professor John Forsythe, Lead Clinician for Organ Donation and Transplantation in Scotland and meets quarterly in March, July, September and December. Secretariat to the Group is provided by the Scottish Government.

The Group also provides expert advice and makes recommendations to the Scottish Government on matters relating to organ and tissue donation and transplantation. STG has an ethics subgroup which considers the legal, ethical and professional issues surrounding organ donation.

In addition, in January 2008, Nicola Sturgeon, the then Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, asked the Group to take on the task of overseeing the implementation in Scotland of the recommendations from the first report of the UK Organ Donation Taskforce.  

Following the publication of the Scottish Government’s Donation and Transplantation Plan for Scotland 2013-2020 (click here to download a copy [644KB]) the Group is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the recommendations in this document. 

Another useful website is www.odt.nhs.uk – this site is a resource primarily for health care professionals and other interested parties. The ODT site provides information relevant to the UK for; organ donation and retrieval, selection of patients for transplantation, allocation policies and outcomes after transplantation.

Chair of the Scottish Critical Care Delivery Groups

The Scottish Critical Care Delivery Group, an association of Regional CCDG Chairs, is the Service Advisory forum for Critical Care in Scotland. It is recognised by SGHD National Planning Forum and CMO Medical Advisory Group. It acts around a number of key remit areas including:

  • definition of level 3 (ICU) and level 2 (HDU) capacity
  • assessment of level 2 & 3 need
  • co-ordination of winter planning & escalation policies
  • establishing Critical Care service strategies
  • workforce and recruitment matters
  • new developments (e.g. need for a Scottish Advanced Respiratory Care Centre)

Current Chair of the Chairs Group: Dr Brian Cook 

Contact email: brian.cook@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

CMO Specialty Adviser for Anaesthesia & Critical Care

The CMO Adviser in critical care offers a vital link between the specialty and the Scottish Government Health Dept advising on matters such as developments in the service, workforce planning, training numbers and surge capacity.

Paediatric Intensive Care Services

Paediatric representation on the SICS Council began in 2012, and comes at an exciting time with major changes in ICM training, transport and extracorporeal life support services in Scotland. Paediatric intensivists have also joined the SCCDG to the benefit of both paediatric and adult intensive communities.The paediatric intensive care service was designated a national service in April 2007; it is provided by the Royal Hospitals for Sick Children (RHSC) in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Commissioning the two paediatric intensive care units (PICUs) as a single service, will develop closer working links between the two units and provide an effective single paediatric intensive care service for the population of Scotland.

The PICUs in Edinburgh and Glasgow submit audit returns to PICANet. This is a national audit coordinated by the Universities of Leeds and Leicester, which collects data on all children admitted to PICUs across the UK. PICANet aims to continually support improvement of paediatric intensive care for children through clinical audit and enables the PICUs in Scotland to benchmark their care, against other Units across the UK.

The ScotSTAR Paediatric Retrieval Service is a dedicated paediatric intensive care transport service based at Glasgow Airport. The retrieval team take the skills of the paediatric intensive care unit on the road, to the bedside of critically ill children throughout Scotland. For further information including contact numbers and medication dose claculators see http://www.snprs.scot.nhs.uk/.

Transport & Trauma

The Scottish Government Health Department’s National Planning Forum convened the Specialist Transport Services Strategic Review Project Board, which has provided and overview of the vision and strategic plan for a national specialist transport service for Scotland – ScotSTAR (Scottish Specialist Transport and Retrieval). The National Planning Forum has also convened an expert subgroup to make recommendations on ways to enhance existing major trauma services in Scotland. Representation from the SICS on these groups is vital to ensuring that the voice of critical care is heard in these projects that will have a major impact on ICU work. A representative from ScotSTAR is invited to meetings when required.


Click here to download a copy of ‘Towards a Single National Specialist Transport Service for Scotland – ScotSTAR: Strategic vision’