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Critical care as part of respiratory training in the UK
  1. B C Creagh-Brown1,
  2. A McD Johnston2,
  3. D Pandit3,
  4. R J Parker4,
  5. A C Davidson5
  1. 1Department of Respiratory Medicine, St George’s Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2Department of Medicine and Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, University Hospital Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  3. 3Department of Respiratory Medicine, Princess Royal Hospital, Telford, UK
  4. 4Department of Respiratory Medicine, Northampton General Hospital, Northampton, UK
  5. 5Programme Director South Thames, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr B C Creagh-Brown
    Department of Respiratory Medicine, St George’s Hospital, London SW17 0QT, UK; drbencb{at}

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Experience in critical care medicine is mandatory for all respiratory trainees in the UK with a need for 60 days (3 months) minimum placement in an intensive care unit (ICU). The Respiratory Critical Care Group of the British Thoracic Society1 recently reported a survey in which there was widespread agreement with this requirement, although it was inadequately provided by a number of programmes. In addition, a proportion of trainees indicated the intention to subspecialise in intensive care medicine and were concerned that their ICU experience was diluted by having responsibilities such as acute general medical takes during …

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