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Intensive Care Society

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 2127 ICS
Held at: Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland
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Full title: Intensive Care Society
Date(s): 1970-[1987]
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 6 boxes
Name of creator(s): Intensive Care Society


Administrative/Biographical history:

Intensive care developed rapidly in the 1960s and an increasing number of hospitals established units to care for patients requiring more detailed observation and treatment than in standard wards, with a high ratio of medical staff to patients. Anaesthetists emerged as the dominant specialty among consultants in charge of intensive care units (ICUs) in the UK, given their skills in the care of acutely ill patients, in life support and patient comfort, and in caring for other physicians' patients. The Intensive Care Society was founded in 1970 on the initiative of Alan Gilston, Consultative Anaesthetist to the National Heart Hospital, London, having a multi-disciplinary membership. The Intensive Care Society is an organisation of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals in the United Kingdom, membership of which is open to those with an interest in Intensive Care Medicine. There were over 2,000 members in 2002, largely but not exclusively anaesthetists. Through its Council (which meets six times a year) the Society provides advice to the Department of Health and NHS Executive on aspects of intensive care and to the Royal Colleges on provision of intensive care, staffing and training. Its educational activities include organising national and local meetings. It also produces guidelines on relevant topics and other publications including its Journal.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records, 1970-[1987], of the Intensive Care Society (ICS), including Council minutes and papers, 1970-1984 (some gaps); committee papers, 1973-1974, 1976; Annual General Meeting minutes, 1972-1986; other ICS meetings minutes and papers, 1972-1986 (some gaps); minutes, papers and correspondence of the ICS Computer Group, 1979-1985 (some gaps); minutes and papers of the ICS Industrial Liaison Group, 1978-1981; other administrative papers, including applications to join the ICS, 1970, material relating to the duties of the Honorary Secretary, 1977, and correspondence relating to the design of certificates, 1979; newsletters, 1970-[1987] (some gaps); publications, comprising booklet issued by ICS, Glossary of Terms Used in Intensive Care Computing, 1979, IC Yearbook, 1981, and IC Unit directory, 1981; papers relating to international congresses, 1973-1977, including recommendations on mobile ICUs, 1973, and summary report on Intensive Care for Respiratory Insufficiency, 1976; miscellaneous photographs, 1973-1986, including the Council, and events including the 10th annual dinner, 1980.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As received.

Conditions governing access:

Access is by appointment with the Archivist only, and in accordance with the Data Protection Act. Records are generally open unless access would contravene the Act.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies of material can be supplied, subject to copyright restrictions and suitability of the item for photocopying.

Finding aids:

Box list.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The Intensive Care Society deposited its non-current records with the Association of Anaesthetists.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Later records are retained by the Intensive Care Society.

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Sources: Thomas B Boulton, The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland 1932-1992 and the Development of the Specialty of Anaesthesia (Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, London, 1999), pp 186-190, 501, 534; website of the Intensive Care Society:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jun 2002

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