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Dunedin Hospital Intensive Care Unit Accredited for Training

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Te Whatu Ora in Southern is excited to announce that Dunedin Hospital's intensive care unit (ICU) has recently achieved C12-level accreditation for ICU specialist training by the College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM).

This accreditation permits the ICU to provide up to 12 months of general training and subspecialty accreditation in cardiothoracic intensive care and trauma intensive care.

This means that a significant portion of CICM training can now be completed at Dunedin Hospital. This is also great news for trainees of the Australian and Zealand College of Anaesthetists, Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians who want to undertake their training at Dunedin Hospital.

The CICM accreditation is evidence of significant enhancements made in a number of areas such as physical upgrades to our facilities, improved staffing levels, caseloads, and teaching programmes. The exceptional echocardiography training, simulation programmes, and supervision received high praise and was described as 'excellent' by CICM.

David Silverman and Myles Smith, ICU Consultants and supervisors for the accreditation, say this is fantastic news for trainees in intensive care medicine and a range of other specialties who spend time working in intensive care as part of their training.

It also enables the unit to be more engaged with the wider intensive care community. "Our team has dedicated tremendous effort to meet each accreditation criterion. As we celebrate this accomplishment, we also recognise the remarkable commitment shown by our team," David shares.

Shayne Wylie, ICU Service Manager, adds: "We are extremely grateful for the resources and efforts put into improvements in every aspect of our service to allow the accreditation to happen.”

David Gow, Te Whatu Ora Chief Medical Officer for Southern, acknowledges the efforts of the ICU team: “The accreditation is a strong endorsement of the ICU team's commitment to clinical excellence and training of the future ICU health workforce while providing high-quality care to patients.”

The ICU team is now working towards being accredited for 24 months, with the ultimate goal of establishing Dunedin ICU as a sought-after location for trainees seeking excellent training, education, and the opportunity to settle down in the south.