WICS was formed in the early 1990s with the aims of furthering audit, research, training and education in intensive care medicine.
A high proportion of the intensive care consultants in Wales are members, as are most trainees with an interest in critical care.
However, the society is particularly keen to ensure its membership also reflects nurses, allied health professionals, students and wider acute specialties involved in the provision of care for the critically ill.
What do we do
WICS holds its annual scientific meeting in the summer, alternating between South and North Wales. The conference aims to attract all members of the society and consistently attracts high quality speakers.
WICS also supports the annual Welsh Intensive care Trainee Society (WITS) meeting and the Advanced Critical Care meeting for nurses and allied health professionals. WICS works closely with the Intensive Care Medicine Specialist Training Committee and assists the delivery of core teaching for ICM trainees.
WICS coordinates its own national audits and research projects and aims to facilitate engagement in multi-centre portfolio research projects.
WICS is able to award grants each year to support professional travel, research or audit purposes.
The society also works closely with the Welsh Assembly Government and Wales Critical Care and Trauma Network through the Critically Ill Implementation Group.
WICS also has representation at the Intensive Care Society Standards and Guidelines Committee, the Critical Care Leadership Forum, and the UK Critical Care Research Group.
WICS is now also a partner with the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine
Members therefore have an important voice in the provision of care to the critically ill in Wales.