Our courses

ESPNIC courses are designed to prepare candidates for the European Paediatric / Neonatal Intensive Care DiplomaTM, or provide continuous professional development by refreshing participants’ core knowledge of the speciality. These events grant unique networking opportunities with ESPNIC experts and fellow participants from around Europe.

Additionally, our society offers a wide range of online courses through the ESPNIC Education portal.

The ESPNIC BASIC (Basic Assessment & Support in Intensive Care) course is an internationally recognized course of lectures, tutorials and skill stations focused on the management of the first 24h of critical illness in childhood.

The Course is organised by different institutions around the world but follows the same format, including; course textbook, mailed to participants prior to the course; online tutorial/lectures for pre-course preparation; pre-course MCQ-based formative assessment; followed by 2-3 day course 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. At the end of the course a Post-course MCQ test is performed.

The course targets junior ICU doctors with little ICU experience, senior trainees in medicine, surgery or emergency medicine and senior ICU nurses.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Airway management & Mechanical ventilation
  • Acute respiratory failure
  • Cardiopulmonary physiology
  • Haemodynamic monitoring
  • CHD, recognition & initial management
  • Management of shock
  • Interpretation of ABGs & CXR
  • Nutrition
  • Sedation & analgesia
  • Transport of critically ill children
  • Neurological emergencies
  • Acute renal failure
  • Severe sepsis & severe trauma

The ESPNIC Summer/Winter Schools are a 3-4 day refresher course targeted at candidates preparing for the European Paediatric / Neonatal Intensive Care DiplomaTM (EPIC DiplomaTM), or any individuals wanting to refresh their core knowledge in the specialty. 

Each edition focuses on different topics from neurocritical care through ethics, non-invasive mechanical ventilation in the PICU/NICU to critical care nephrology. 

The small scale event (up to 30 participants) allows practical hands-on training by key speakers and experts from ESPNIC. The course provides an insight into current topics and controversies in the newest topics in the Intensive Care world, covering both dedicated theory and practical components.

The ESPNIC International Multidisciplinary Paediatric and Neonatal Acute and Critical Care Research Summer School is an event, endorsed by ESPNIC and organized by different local societies in different countries. The programme provides a 2-day personalised learning experience for a small group of participants delivered by a large group of experienced faculty and research staff. This event aims to deepen participants’ understanding of methodological approaches to key issues. This is enabled by keynote plenary lectures on key issues, followed by optional elective workshops on methodological approaches or research issues. These sessions are suggested by research level starting from master’s level, through to early post-doctoral level.