Critical Care units and departments within the NHS are usually graded dependent on the level of Care the patients within them require. Most ICU wards in hospitals will have smaller units within them designated to each level of Adult Critical Care.
Any Doctor considering a career in Intensive Care Medicine, should be aware of the different NHS levels of critical care and what to expect from each.
Whilst the levels of adult critical care will often combine with one another, a very broad explanation of each can be found below. These levels have been defined and written about by the UK Intensive Care Society. The full Guidance can be found here.
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Intensive Care Society (2021) Intensive Care 2020 and Beyond: Co-developing the future. https://www.ics.ac.uk/ICS/Guidelines/PDFs/Intensive_Care_2020_and_Beyond.aspx
The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM, 2020). Guidance on service development in the hospital setting. https://www.ficm.ac.uk/sites/default/files/enhanced_care_guidance_final_-_may_2020-.pdf
Intensive Care Society (ICS, 2009). Levels of Critical Care for Adult Patients http://icmwk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Revised-Levels-of-Care-21-12-09.pdf
Intensive Care Society/The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (ICS/FICM, 2019). Guidelines for the provision of intensive care services. Edition 2. https://www.ics.ac.uk/ICS/ICS/GuidelinesAndStandards/GPICS_2nd_Edition.aspx