BASIC Course 2024-02-29T09:05:27+00:00

The BASIC course is a two day course, held twice yearly  (Spring and Autumn); consisting of lectures, skill stations and tutorials taught by Intensive Care specialists, with an emphasis on a practical approach to management of critically ill patients


  • Applications will open on 19 February 2024.
  • The BASIC Course will take place on 16 and 17 May 2024.
  • The Autumn BASIC Course will take place on 21 and 22 November 2024.  Application date TBC.



  • Course textbook, mailed to participants prior to the course
  • Pre-course MCQ
  • Course lectures/skill stations
  • Post-course MCQ

Target audience


  • Junior ICU doctors with little ICU experience
  • Senior trainees in Anaesthesia & ICU
  • Senior ICU nurses

Topics (including but not limited to the following):

  • Airway management
  • Acute respiratory failure
  • Mechanical ventilation
    • Basics
    • Common modes
    • Settings
    • Troubleshooting
    • Specific conditions
  • Haemodynamic monitoring
  • Management of shock
  • Sepsis
  • Interpretation of arterial blood gases
  • Transport of critically ill patients
  • Trauma
  • Neurological emergencies
  • Oliguria & acute renal failure
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Arrhythmia

BASIC Course is a multi-disciplinary course, which welcomes candidates from all specialties (critical care medicine, anaesthesia, medicine, surgery, emergency medicine, interns). The course feedback since its inception in Ireland has been uniformly positive. Candidates consistently praise BASIC’s enhancement of their training experience particularly around the time where trainees begin critical care medicine training.

The next BASIC course will be held on the 16 and 17 of May 2024. Applications will open on 19 February 2024.

Please note that the course is extremely popular, and priority is given to Anaesthesia and ICU trainees.

There are 36 places on each course with 6 places allocated to Interns and 6 Places allocated to Senior ICU Nurses.