Meet the WICM Sub-Committee

Women in Intensive Care Medicine is a sub-committee of the FICMCRW Group. Our main areas of work include development of mentoring within ICM, supporting Return to Work processes, developing an Emerging Leadership programme and running a popular annual meeting.

Our aim is to generate a positive image of a career in ICM to potential applicants to intensive care medicine, from early careers advice and recruitment, to opportunities for Consultants and senior Faculty positions, with a particular emphasis on currently under-represented groups within ICM.

Pictured Top line left to right: Stephanie Cattlin, Ingi Elsayed, Rosie Baruah, Sarah Marsh and Nish Desai

Bottom line left to right: Christine Watson, Liz Thomas (Chair), Roisin Haslett, Hannah Potter and Danny.

Not pictured: Sammy Batt-Rawden, Kate Flavin, Manni Waraich

 

Dr Sarah Marsh (Deputy Chair)

I obtained a Joint CCT in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine in 2012 and commenced my consultant’s post in both specialities at Harrogate District Hospital shortly after.  My current job plan is full time, split between anaesthesia and intensive care.   I am the Clinical Lead for our Critical Care Outreach Service and for Organ Donation within the trust.   In addition to my clinical roles I have a great interest in medical education; I have been involved with teaching courses for the final FRCA for a number of years now, and am currently the course director for the FICM’s exam preparatory course.  I am also the deputy national Clinical Lead for e-ICM. 

Like most women in intensive care medicine, I work within a male dominated department. I am incredibly fortunate to work with the guys as they are supportive, innovative and industrious.  Being female however, I hope that I bring something different to the table (or ward round).   There aren’t many of us, but it has been due to the help and guidance of few influential women in my professional life that I have been able to achieve what I have today.  I owe them a deep debt of gratitude for advising, encouraging and supporting me throughout my career.  From this I have developed a sense of responsibility and determination to pass this on to others, and becoming part of WICM is another stepping stone to achieving this.  

Dr Manni Waraich

I obtained my joint CCT in Anaesthetics and ICM in 2016 having completed my training at St George’s London and KSS. I started as a consultant in neurocritical care and neuroanaesthetics at Southampton General Hospital in 2016 and have recently moved to the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London.  I left medicine for 10 years to raise my two daughters, moving from St Albans to San Francisco and finally settling in Sydney. I worked for eight of those years in mergers and acquisitions whilst studying for the Warwick MBA. When the financial markets collapsed in 2008, I could luckily return to anaesthetics and ICM to support my family. My unusual roundabout training path has been a chatting point many a time with trainees on ward rounds and in theatres. My involvement with WICM is a rewarding part of my work life. Over the last year, I have been leading on the Women in Intensive Care Medicine Emerging Leaders (WICMEL) Fellowship for WICM, with the first cohort of fellows starting the programme in October this year.  I look forward to continuing to work with WICM and the Faculty in promoting ICM as a career, increasing the diversity of our workforce and supporting our trainees through their careers.

Dr Nishita Desai

My name is Nish, I am a Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine (ICM) at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital. I am proud to be amongst the first cohort to have completed the single specialty ICM CCT programme. My special interest is echocardiography in the critically ill and I hold the Adult Critical Care Echocardiography British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) Accreditation. My other passion is Medical Education. I am the honorary secretary for the Critical Care Council at the Royal Society of Medicine. I am also a director for the ‘Practical Introduction to Intensive Care’ course at UCLH. I have an MSc in Medical Leadership and have an interest in resilience and mentoring.  I think it is essential to strive to be an effective leader from leading a ward round to running an intensive care unit to supporting colleagues and trainees.   As part of an ever-growing body of female physicians in ICM, I am excited to be a committee member of WICM (Women in Intensive Care Medicine). I am proud to be part of a specialty that acknowledges the contribution of women to medicine and acknowledges the need to address issues that prevent it being a sustainable career path.

Dr Stephanie Cattlin

I obtained my dual CCT in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine in 2016 after training in London.  I have been a consultant in critical care at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust since 2017.   My professional interests include major trauma and medical education.  

As a member of WICM I have been involved in our social media workstream which includes our WICM Twitter account and WICM blog.  

We need to encourage more women to join ICM, support our current colleagues and friends, encourage their development, and protect their mental and physical health to ensure the sustainability of our specialty – that or face a dearth of intensivists in the future.