The Respiratory Critical Care HERMES project was launched in 2009 with the aim to provide educational standards and a training framework for respiratory critical care medicine. The level of competence for adult respiratory physicians not directly involved in multi-disciplinary critical care but who need knowledge on respiratory critical care is defined.
This project represents the first step towards a European diploma in basic respiratory critical care open to all physicians specialised in adult respiratory medicine and dealing with intermediate respiratory intensive care units or units dedicated solely to critical care of pulmonary diseases.
Target AudienceTarget audience is composed of all physicians specialised in adult respiratory medicine and dealing with intermediate respiratory intensive care units or specialised units dedicated solely to critical care of respiratory diseases. This project will guide the audience to acquire competence for multidisciplinary critical care after respiratory critical care.
Needs analysis, surveys, definition of project structure
The general consensus from an opinion survey conducted in 2010 was that there is a need in Europe for standardised training in respiratory critical care medicine.
Development of a consensus based European Core syllabus
The syllabus development set out recommendations for specific competencies in respiratory critical care. These were identified and defined using a multi-disciplinary collaborative approach.
- Breathe, March 2012: Respiratory Critical Care HERMES: a European core syllabus in respiratory critical care medicine
- European Respiratory Journal, June 2012: Respiratory critical care HERMES syllabus: defining competencies for respiratory doctors
Development of a consensus-based European Core CurriculumThe initiative of establishing educational standards in the field of respiratory medicine has been welcomed within Europe. A well defined and structured curriculum will promote the harmonisation of training and practise.
Breathe, March 2014: Respiratory Critical Care HERMES: European curriculum recommendations