The Board

Dr Alison Pittard

(Dean)

Biography: 

Alison has been a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine in Leeds since 1997 and was awarded an MD in 1998. Her early years were spent first as Intercollegiate Board Tutor followed by Regional Advisor for West Yorkshire. She became an examiner for the FRCA and DICM in 2006, chairing the Final FRCA MCQ subgroup between 2014 and 2016. In 2008 Alison was elected Lead RA and became Associate Postgraduate Dean, Yorkshire and Humber Deanery the following year. As Lead RA she was co-opted onto the newly formed FICM Board in 2010 and was instrumental in developing the single CCT curriculum, recruitment process and selection tools and the written paper for the new FFICM exam, for which she continues to examine. In 2012, Alison became a FICM Board member in its first election and the following year took over as Chair of the Training and Assessment Committee, a role she relinquished in 2016 on becoming Vice Dean. She has played an integral role in the Faculty’s “Critical Futures” initiative including chairing the Enhanced Care Working Party and promoting other work streams. Most recently, Alison has been developing international links, which she plans to formalise during FICM’s 10th anniversary year.

Outside of medicine Alison is a proud mother of 2 girls, studying Computer Science and Veterinary Medicine. She plays piano, runs for pleasure, enjoys singing and ensures she has at least one sun and one ski holiday a year.

Register of Interests: 

No competing interests

Dr Daniele Bryden

Daniele Bryden

(Vice Dean)

Biography: 

I’ve been a Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield since 2001 and have previously been Lead Regional Advisor for the Faculty and Chair of the Careers, Workforce and Recruitment Committee as well as a member of the Legal and Ethical Policy Unit. I also have a qualifying law degree and a Masters in Medical Law which have helped to develop my interest in professionalism, decision making and assessment. I believe strongly in supporting and training those working within our critical care units to deliver holistic patient care and have previously worked as an  Assessment and Intervention Advisor for NHS Resolution, an APD for HEE Yorkshire and Humber and National Critical Care Tutor for the Royal College of Surgeons.

Register of Interests: 
  • No paid links with industry or other groups
  • GMC Associate
  • Research interests are professionalism, and clinical decision making particularly for the frail and elderly.
  • Editorial Board Member BJA Education

Dr Richard Benson

(FICM Trainee Representative)

Biography: 

I am a dual ICM and Anaesthesia trainee based in the North West of England.

I graduated from Edinburgh University and following the completion of my Core Anaesthetics, I took time out of training working in Anaesthetics, Intensive Care and air retrieval in the South Island, New Zealand.  I am currently a stage 2 trainee at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust.  I have an interest in Neuro-Intensive Care and the use of simulation in training.

I am passionate about trainee welfare and have had experience of working with my local STC as a trainee representative to bring about positive change.  

Outside medicine, I enjoy time with my wife and two children and I am a keen competitor in long distance triathlons having recently completed my first ironman distance event.

I am very much looking forward to working with the board to further improve both the training experience and opportunities for trainees nationally.

Register of Interests: 

No competing interests

Dr Sarah Clarke

(FICM Board Member)

Biography: 

Following Medical School in Birmingham, Sarah trained in Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine in the Midlands and East Anglia. She then worked as a Consultant in New Zealand before taking up her Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Consultant post with East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust in 2002, with interests in Hepato-Biliary Anaesthesia and nutrition. Following Faculty Tutor, RA for the North West & Deputy Lead RA roles, she is now Lead RA: trainee & trainer education and support is her passion. She also sits on the Curriculum Re-write Group, FICMTAQ, CESR Equivalence Committee, and is an FFICM examiner. She recently contributed to the Critical Foundations document, a framework for Foundation Doctors in Intensive Care Medicine. Research interests include several expeditions to high altitude to study the physiology of hypoxia.

To address the work/life balance she is a wife, mother to 3, netball & rugby fan, enjoys cycling, running and the outdoors in general.

Register of Interests: 

No competing interests.

Dr Jeremy Cordingley

(FICM Board Member)

Biography: 

Jeremy Cordingley qualified from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in 1986. He trained in cardiothoracic anaesthesia and intensive care medicine in London and was appointed as a consultant at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London in 2000. In 2016, he moved to Perioperative Medicine at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, where he is lead for critical care. His main clinical interests are cardiothoracic critical care and extracorporeal cardiovascular and respiratory support.

He is a current FFICM examiner and lead for the OSCE examination. He serves on the FICM Equivalence Committee providing advice to the GMC on applications for recognition of specialist training. He is a member of the NHSE Adult Critical Care Clinical Reference Group and was Chair of the North West London Critical Care Network (2014-16).

Register of Interests: 

No competing interests

Dr Dale Gardiner

(FICM Board Member)

Biography: 

I was born and raised in Australia – G’day. After completing my medical training at the University of Queensland, I commenced work in 1994 at Rockhampton Base Hospital, which was staffed predominantly by UK graduates. Little did I expect the way this first job would alter my life. Clearly influenced, I took an 18-month role in anaesthesia in the UK at Leicester and it was during this time I had my first taste of intensive care. After a 6-month travelling sojourn I started anaesthesia registrar training back in Australia at Cairns Base Hospital. It was here I met my UK wife to be. After completing my anaesthesia training (with as many ICU rotations as I could get) we moved to the UK in 2002. After a brief spell back in Australia to sit the Australian ICU exam, I took up a consultant role in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care in Nottingham in 2005. Since 2011 my clinical commitments have been entirely intensive care.

The two interests which have fuelled my non-clinical roles are teaching and ethics.

After becoming a consultant, I ran the regional ICM education for ten years and founded the multidisciplinary deceased donation local simulation day in Nottingham.  I developed this teaching day into the deceased donation course for intensive care trainees run by NHS Blood and Transplant. I thoroughly enjoy lecturing and have made it a big part of what I do non-clinically. My metabolic acidosis talk on YouTube is said to be a local ICU favourite.

In 2009 I became the local Clinical Lead for Organ Donation in Nottingham and then in 2011 the Midlands Regional Lead. This led to my subsequent appointment as the UK Deputy National Lead for NHS Blood and Transplant in 2013 which became the National Lead role in 2018. One of my proudest achievements has been to help found and continue to support the posthumous Order of St John Award for Organ Donation which has been given to over 5,800 UK donors and their families.

I served for four years as a member of the UK Donation Ethics Committee until its closure in 2016 and I am the current Chair of Nottingham’s Ethics of Clinical Practice Committee.

I publish extensively, particularly on the diagnosis of death, deceased organ donation and medical ethics.

Register of Interests: 
  • No paid links with industry or other groups
  • Seconded role as National Clinical Lead for Organ Donation, NHS Blood and Transplant
  • Chair, National Organ Donation Committee
  • Chair, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust’s Ethics of Clinical Practice Committee
  • Chair, deceased donation working group for ELPAT, as part of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
  • Honorary (Consultant) Assistant Professor University of Nottingham, School of Medicine

Dr Jonathan Goodall

(FICM Board Member)

Biography: 

Having qualified from Guy’s Hospital Medical School in 1986, Jonathan Goodall has been consultant in ICM and Anaesthesia at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust since 1995. Alongside clinical medicine his major interests have always been teaching and training. Currently the RA in ICM at the NW Deanery, Jonathan has been instrumental in the introduction of both ICM and ACCS training programmes.

Jonathan sits on the FICM Training and Assessment Committee, the Quality, Recruitment and Careers Sub-committee and was involved with writing the ICM curriculum. He has recently taken on the role of Careers lead for the Faculty. He chairs the Intercollegiate ACCS Training Committee, having previously served as a member of this group for a number of years.

Over the past few years Jonathan has developed an increasing interest in medical careers and in providing career guidance to trainees. He recently completed a Masters in ‘Managing Medical Careers’ at Brighton University: his dissertation ‘ICM: New Era, New Careers New Guidance’ examined the motivation of doctors choosing to train in the specialty.

Register of Interests: 
  • Chair, Intercollegiate Committee for ACCS Training
  • Member, Academy Foundation Programme Committee, AoMRC
  • General and Neuro Intensive Care Medicine
  • Medical Careers and Career Guidance

Dr Peter Macnaughton

Peter Macnaughton

(FICM Board Member)

Biography: 

Dr Peter Macnaughton has been a consultant in Intensive Care Medicine at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth since 1995. He qualified from Westminster Medical School, in 1982. He completed an MD at the National Heart and Lung Institute in 1991 and continues to have an academic interest in applied respiratory physiology and ventilatory support.

He was Clinical Director for the critical care service in Plymouth from 1995 until 2013. He is the Patient Safety Lead for his Trust, an examiner for the FFICM and a past member of the ICS council. He is an editorial board member of CEACCP.

Dr Macnaughton is the current Chair of the Faculty's Professional Affairs and Safety Committee.

Outside of intensive care, his passion is for long distance triathlons having successfully completed 15 Iron Man races.

Register of Interests: 
  • No competing interests.
  • General and neuro-intensive care medicine
  • Patient safety and learning from adverse incidents
  • Point of care ultrasound including focused echo and lung ultrasound
  • Use of simulation in training
  • Vascular access

Professor Gary Mills

(FICM Board Member)

Biography: 

Gary has always been an enthusiastic intensivist; from his days on the original national Trainee Committee, as a Regional Advisor for 11 years and when setting up the first training scheme in his region.

He passed the UKDICM as an established Consultant and is now the Lead Examiner for the SOE section of the FFICM. He is a full time Consultant in ICM/Anaesthesia, with an Honorary Chair at Sheffield University in Critical Care Medicine. In this role, he has designed and led or acted as UK lead, for six international research studies and actively supports the role of trainees and RAFT to produce the best evidenced-based medicine for patient care. His research interests are in respiratory aspects of intensive care and perioperative medicine, especially in older people. He is a member of the National Specialty Group for Critical Care Medicine, working to further research nationally and in his region of Yorkshire and Humber.

Gary sits on FICM’s Professional Affairs and Standards Committee and is Chair of the FICM’s ACCEA Nominations Committee. He also represents the Board on the Academy of Royal Colleges and Patient Records Standards Body’s Steering Group on technology.

Intensive Care Medicine needs to be a balanced and above all a sustainable and satisfying career with the right balance of work, if it is to succeed and recruit effectively in the future. ICM needs the right resources, staffing and training for intensivists to be recognised experts in their field, so they can make the right decisions for patients and lead their care in an inspirational and effective way. It is my aim to help achieve these objectives.

Register of Interests: 

No competing interests

Dr Jack Parry-Jones

(FICM Board member)

Biography: 

I have a background in Medicine, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine and was a London undergraduate and then trained predominantly in London and Bristol. I worked initially as an Intensive Care and Anaesthesia consultant at the University College London Hospital for a year before taking up a consultant intensivist post in Cardiff for 4 years, where I had experience as a resident consultant, before moving to the Royal Gwent Hospital as a consultant intensivist in 2009.

I was appointed Lead Clinician for the South East Wales Critical Care Network from in 2010-2013. I subsequently became the Lead Clinician for Critical Care in the Royal Gwent Hospital and then the cross site Lead Clinician for Critical Care for Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.

I have an interest in education and was an examiner for the EDIC from 2004 - 2012, and an examiner for DICM from 2009. I have been examining for the FICM exam since it started. I have been involved in organising various critical care exam revision courses including the National Intensive Care Exam Revision Course (NICERC) and the Introductory Course in Intensive Care Medicine (IICM). The NICERC course was subsequently taken on by the Intensive Care Society.

I have sat on the Workforce Advisory Group for the Faculty and have been involved with the workforce census and then particularly the regional in-depth workforce workshops with the inaugural meeting being in Wales. I believe that all efforts should be made to try and encourage medical students and junior doctors to come to our speciality for vital experience. We can educate the wider medical workforce to be better doctors. We also need to make every effort to retain those already doing critical care by improving work:life balance with better flexible job planning over career pathways. This is a fundamental issue for the growth and independence of critical care medicine as a specialty.

I am the current Chair of the Faculty's Careers, Recruitment and Workforce Committee.

Register of Interests: 

Paid to chair meetings on the use of Procalcitonin as a biomarker in bacterial sepsis by ThermoFisher (Brahms U.K.)

Dr Guy Parsons

(FICM Deputy Trainee Representative)

Biography: 

I had a peripatetic childhood with time spent in Australia, France and England in pursuit of developing a rather strange accent. When this failed to provide much in the way of career options I indulged interests in the humanities and sciences at medical school in London, which was transformative. My university’s gracious accommodation of a marked digression into medical history and tolerance of excessive sport helped develop an appreciation for real work-life balance and, eventually, a degree.   

My early doctoring years fostered interests in improving trainee welfare, education and access to opportunities. These interests have grown with time, supported by training in leadership and teaching skills and engagement at the regional level. I took time out of training to travel and experience a range of specialties and this helped me form a clear view of the importance of exploration, variety, and broad perspective to a rewarding career.

Curiosity for the evidential basis of clinical practice and for discovery prompted my involvement in research and desire for a career in academia. I am currently working as an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in Oxford applying computing advances to Big Data to address challenges in acute care.  

Outside of work I enjoy long-distance hiking, languages, trivia, and seeing what’s out there. I look forward to working with the Board to address trainees’ needs, increase opportunities, and drive innovation for the future.

Register of Interests: 

No competing interests

Dr Chris Thorpe

Chris Thorpe

(FICM Board Member)

Biography: 

Chris Thorpe was brought up in Swansea and qualified from Kings College London in 1985. He trained mainly in London, Bristol and Edinburgh but also worked in Moshi, Tanzania; Christchurch, New Zealand and as an expedition doctor in Arctic Norway during an age where training was more flexible.  He returned to Wales in 1997 to take up a post as a consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine in Bangor, Gwynedd.

He has been actively involved in ICM training throughout his career, starting as an ICM tutor in 1997, followed by Regional Advisor and Training Programme Director for Wales. He led the setup of the ACCS scheme for Wales and continued to run the scheme until recently. He has played an active part in the Welsh Intensive Care Society council over many years and has represented ICM on a number of Welsh committees, including working for the Welsh Assembly on workforce issues. He is currently an examiner for the FFICM and is on the FICM Quality, Recruitment and Careers Sub-committee: he has recently taken on the role of Quality lead for the Faculty.

Dr Thorpe is the current Chair of the Faculty's Training, Assessment and Quality Committee.

Register of Interests: 

No competing interests

Professor Julia Wendon

(FICM Board member)

Biography: 

Jules is an intensive care consultant, being appointed back in 1992 and with a background in Hepatology and hence a specific interest in all aspects of liver failure. She has extensive clinical and managerial experience in critical care, but her main passion remains clinical translational research; with bedside experience driving research hypothesis and associated studies.  

Register of Interests: 
  • Medical advisory Board Pulsion and Excelenz (non -renumerated) 
  • Liver Failure, prognostication and liver support 
  • Immune dysfunction in liver failure (Supported through Grants from various Charities, no industrial sponsorship)

Dr Anna Batchelor

(Co-optee, GIRFT Chair)

Biography: 

I am an anaesthetist and intensivist in Newcastle spending 50% of my time in each. My anaesthetic interests include patients for endocrine, gastro-intestinal and burns and reconstructive surgery. I am a Past President of the ICS and  past Dean of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine. I led the production of the new curriculum for ICM and the ICM component of the anaesthesia curriculum. I led the production of the DH framework for Advanced Critical Care Practitioners and the FICM curriculum for ACCPs.

Register of Interests: 
  • Intensive Care Society Council Member 2000–2008, President 2005-2007, Past President 2007–2008.
  • Previously accepted sponsorship to attend meetings from Eli Lily, Bayer.
  • Occasional paid lectures none in last year.
  • No investments in medically related companies.

Ms Carole Boulanger

Carol Boulanger

(Co-optee, Advanced Critical Care Practitioner)

Biography: 

Carole is a Consultant Nurse / ACCP from the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. Care has been involved in the development of the ACCP role since it’s’ pilot for the New Ways of Working in Critical Care. Alongside practising as an ACCP in her ICU Carole has been involved in developing the role nationally via the National Framework for Advanced Critical Care practitioners, the RCoA via the Allied profession related to anaesthesia and now working with FICM to develop the core curriculum and syllabus for CCT for ACCPs. Carole is elected chair of the National Association of Advanced Critical Care Practitioners [NaACCP].

Register of Interests: 
  • Consultant Advanced Critical  Care Practitioner
  • Development, regulation and registration of ACCPs as part of intensive care workforce.
  • Role of Advanced Critical Care practitioner in clinical practice.
  • Honorary research  fellow to University of Plymouth
  • Elected UK nursing representative to ESICM
  • Elected member of the South West Clinical Senate

Dr Stephen Cole

(Co-optee, President of the SICS)

Biography: 

TBC

Register of Interests: 
  • TBC

Dr Jane Eddleston

Jane Eddleston

(Co-optee, DH Representative)

Biography: 

Jane Eddleston is a Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine in Manchester Royal Infirmary, Clinical Director of Critical Care and Head of Division. She is also the Clinical Lead for the Greater Manchester Critical Care Network and was the Department of Health Advisor for Critical Care from 2005 till March 2011. She has extensive Clinical and Managerial experience in Critical Care and Acute Care. 

Register of Interests: 
  • No paid relationships with industry
  • Clinical Head of Division (Clinical & Scientific Services) Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 2006 to date.
  • Clinical Lead for Greater Manchester Critical Care Network 2000 to date
  • Clinical Lead for Clinical Governance for Greater Manchester Major Trauma System
  • Interests:
    • Recognition of deteriorating health on wards.  Clinical Lead for NICE 50;  Development of Patientrack system.
    • Rehabilitation following Critical illness; member of NICE 83 Clinical panel.
    • Holder of NIHR grant “REMAIC”
    • Obstetric Critical Care member of Steering group for Maternity Critical Care

Ms Pauline Elliott

(Co-optee, Lay Representative)

Biography: 

Pauline worked in the NHS as a nurse and manager for 27 years specialising in intensive care and neurosciences. She worked in hospitals and NHS trusts in Cardiff, Derby, Nottingham, Cambridge and Oxford. In 2005, she moved to the Office of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman where she focused on high risk and high priority investigations into complaints about the NHS and government services. During her final two years at PHSO she held two roles simultaneously: Assistant Director - Complex Casework and Head of Clinical Advice. She retired in December 2018. Pauline enjoys travel and learning about the history of art. She is a volunteer for the National Trust.

Register of Interests: 

No competing interests 

Dr James Fraser

(Co-optee, President of the PCCS)

Biography: 

James Fraser has been a Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children since 1999. His interests are the causes of child mortality, ethics, and long term ventilation. He has been Clinical Director for cardiac and critical care services in Bristol, worked with NICE on organ donation standards, served as a CQC advisor, and for several years sat on the council of the RCPCH as the South West regional representative. More recently he has been clinical advisor to NHS England on new statutory guidance around child death review. He has been on the council of the Paediatric Critical Care Society since 2016, first as Honorary Secretary, and now as President.

Register of Interests: 
  • President of the Paediatric Critical Care Society (PCCS)

Lt Col Andrew Johnston

(Co-optee, Defence Medical Services)

Biography: 

Lt Col Andrew McDonald Johnston (MBChB DMCC FRCP FFICM RAMC) is Defence Consultant Advisor in Intensive Care Medicine, responsible for advice to the Defence Medical Services on all aspects of the provision of Intensive Care. He works at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, based at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham where he has been a Consultant since 2010. He graduated from the University of Dundee in 1993 and trained in General Medicine in Scotland and the North of England before undertaking Respiratory Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine training in the West Midlands.  

Lt Col Johnston joined the Army reserve in 1987 and received his commission into the Royal Army Medical Corps whilst he was a medical student, serving with 225 Field Ambulance in Dundee and 205 Field Hospital in Aberdeen, subsequently transferring into the Regular Army in 2000. He has deployed on Operational tours of the Balkans and Afghanistan as well as providing clinical care for patients infected with Ebola Virus Disease in Sierra Leone during the 2014-5 outbreak.  Alongside his expert civilian colleagues at QEHB he has cared for large numbers of severely injured combat trauma casualties from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

His interests include care of patients with complex injuries caused by warfare and terrorism, as well as clinical preparedness for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear warfare agents.  

He has published multiple book chapters and numerous papers on clinical aspects of military medicine and critical care.  

He divides his time between trauma, general critical care, and cardiac critical care and also continues to practice internal medicine.

He is a keen cyclist and indifferent runner. 

Register of Interests: 

No competing interests.

Dr Ganesh Suntharalingam

(Co-optee, President of the ICS)

Biography: 

To follow

Register of Interests: 

TBC

Dr Carl Waldmann

(Co-optee - Immediate Past Dean)

Biography: 

Carl Waldmann has been a Consultant in ICM and Anaesthesia at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading since joining as Director of ICU in 1986.  Apart from his interests in the management of Head Injured patients in a DGH, the procurement and implementation of a Clinical Information System in ICU, his main passion has been the setting up and running of an ICU Follow-up clinic in Reading, where he sees around 100 new patients annually.  He was a member of ICS Council until May 2006, where his main duties were as Hon. Treasurer and Chair of the Meetings Committee. From May 2007 to May 2009 he was President of the ICS.  He was the Editor of Care of the Critically Ill and until 2004 the Editor of JICS. In 2011, he became Co-Editor of JICS with Neil Soni. Carl was also Chair of the section of Technology assessment and Health Informatics (TAHI) of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine until 2008 and in 2012 became the UK representative on the ESICM council.  He was a member of the PACT editorial board and recently was editor of the Oxford Desk Reference textbook and also co-editor on the Law and Ethics in Intensive Care textbook. In 2010, Carl was invited to be a founding member of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) Board for which he was Chair of the Professional Standards Committee. In October 2013, Carl was elected Vice-Dean and in 2016 he became Dean of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine. He was also elected and served as the Treasurer of the ESICM from 2015-2018.

Carl was elected to be Chair of the Critical Care Leadership Forum (CCLF) in 2019, which ensures all national medical, nursing and Allied Health Professional organisations involved in Critical Care are regularly engaged with each other to ensure a unified approach to the Care of Critically Ill patients nationwide.

In addition, Carl has been asked to continue to serve on the Board of the Faculty of Intensive Care after his term as Dean ends to lead the FICM’s workstream on ‘Life After Critical Illness’.

 

Carl also has a major interest in sport and is club doctor for Leyton Orient FC.

Register of Interests: 
  • Editorial activity with JICS
  • ICU Follow up and rehabilitation
  • Health Informatics in Critical Care
  • Sedation in Critical Care
  • Health Technology Assessment
  • Head Injury management in a DGH ICU setting
  • Regionalisation