About this event

  • Date and time Thu 6 Apr 2023 from 8:15am to 5:45pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Critical Care Medicine

The COVID-19 global pandemic has highlighted the essential work of Critical Care specialists and the associated challenges of practicing in an increasingly demanding environment.

This one-day event is a beginners guide for managing the critically ill patient - this meeting is tailored towards all trainees. For those who are new to Critical Care or interested in pursuing a career in the field, this insightful event will help you develop the core knowledge and skills to identify and manage critically ill patients.

Critical Care demands a familiarity with a wide range of pathologies. Lectures will be delivered by leading experts on topics ranging from sepsis to neurological emergencies. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in workshops which will provide hands on practical experience to develop confidence and competencies with essential equipment to help manage the sickest patients in the hospital.

Benefits of attending: 

  • Develop an approach to recognise the critically ill patient. 
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the central premises in managing the critically ill patient.
  • Consolidate physiological principles and how to apply them when treating a critically unwell patient. 
  • Be able to manage key medical emergencies including septic shock, acute kidney injury and acute trauma conditions. 
  • Learn and refine essential critical care practical skills including complications.    

This one-day meeting will be delivered by experts in Critical Care teaching core knowledge and skills to identify and manage critically ill patients.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr Abdullah Bashir, Critical Care Section, Royal Society of Medicine 

Session 1: The theory

What is 'critically ill' and how would I spot it?

Dr Nishita Desai, Critical Care Consultant, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Sepsis, shock and how to support blood pressure

Dr Yasser Al-Raweshidy, Acute Medicine and Critical Care Consultant, Charing Cross Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare

Tea and coffee break
Pharmacology in critical care

Dr Bryan O'Farrell, Pharmacist, Intensive Care, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Respiratory failure: The do’s and don'ts

Dr David Woods, Respiratory and Critical Care Consultant, Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare

Acute kidney injury and renal replacement therapy

Dr Marlies Ostermann, Professor, Intensive Care Medicine, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Lunch break

Session 2: The practice

Workshop 1: Point of care ultrasound

Dr Hatem Soliman, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

Workshop 2: Tracheostomy management

Mrs Susan McGowan, Principal Speech and Language Therapist, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Tea and coffee break
Workshop 3: Management of major trauma scenarios

Dr Abdullah Bashir

Workshop 4: Ventilator workshop

Dr Aatif Husain, Professor, Department of Neurology, Chief, Division of Epilepsy, Sleep and Clinical Neurophysiology, Duke University School of Medicine

Closing remarks
Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom


Registration for this event will close at 1:00am on Wednesday 5 April 2023. Late registrations will not be accepted.

The agenda is subject to change at any time

This meeting will be recorded, the on-demand recording will be available from Wednesday 12 April 2023. We are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. There is no guarantee that all sessions will be available after the event, this is at the presenter’s and RSM’s discretion.

All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations.

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.


Domus reception

While you’re attending this event

Stay in the comfort of our hotel, Domus Medica, or hire one of our private dining rooms to socialise with your peers.

RSM members enjoy access to our enviable club facilities. For more information, please contact our team at domus@rsm.ac.uk or restaurant@rsm.ac.uk.

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