State of the Art 2019



The Intensive Care Society Trainee Committee are proud to present the latest edition of The Cauldron. This is a prize given out at the ICS annual conference on the general and deliberately wide topic of “controversies in critical care”. It is open to all aspiring intensive care doctors in training, including foundation, ACCS and core training doctors.



This year’s title, “Critical Care Game Changers” is your chance to think innovatively: think about the controversies facing our specialty now, next year, next decade…tell us your idea to change the game!  The top 5 scored abstracts submitted in response to this title will be invited to give a presentation to a panel of critical care experts on the main stage at the State of the Art meeting in Westminster on the 10th 11th or 12th of December 2018. Don’t be put off that all of our presenters will be subject to on stage ‘questioning’ by the dragons; it will be friendly fire.

The best presentation as judged by the panel will be awarded the prestigious ICS Trainee Committee Prize for Controversies in Critical Care.

All 5 accepted abstracts will also be published in the Journal of the Intensive Care Society’s e-supplement.

NB - 500 words MAX for the abstract please - any submissions exceeding this word count will be truncated for scoring purposes (submissions are anonymised for reviewers). References optional but max 5. Submissions should be emailed to by the deadline at 1700 on 17th September 2018

Please send the following details to


Job Title

Base Hospital


Download a PDF version of The Cauldron submission form