Meet the NAP7 Steering Panel

Dr Jasmeet Soar

NAP7 Clinical Lead

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Jasmeet Soar is the NAP7 Clinical Lead. He works as a consultant in Anaesthetics & Intensive Care Medicine at Southmead Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust.
He has a major interest in cardiac arrest. His roles include past chair of the Resuscitation Council UK, chair the ALS Task Force of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation, and Editor of Resuscitation.

Prof Tim Cook

RCoA Director of NAPs

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Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Royal United Hospital, Bath
Honorary Professor of Anaesthesia University of Bristol
Director of National Audit Projects
College Advisor on Airway.

I am a full time DGH consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine.

I have been fortunate to have been centrally involved in five Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) National Audit Projects: as clinical lead for NAP3 and 4 (NAP3 - epidurals/spinal anaesthesia, NAP4 - airway management) and as co-lead and director of the program for NAP5-7 (NAP5 - accidental awareness during general anaesthesia - undoubtedly the most 'patient facing' of all NAPs to date - NAP6 - perioperative anaphylaxis and NAP7- perioperative cardiac arrest which will launch in May 2020). These big projects involve the nation's anaesthetists collaborating to shine a light on patient-centred aspects of anaesthetic practice and safety. They are a form of professional-citizen science and are recognised to have changed the landscape of UK anaesthesia clinical practice and anaesthesia research engagement.

Like many colleagues I have an overall interest in improving safety and quality in anaesthesia and intensive care using a bottom up approach. I have been honoured to be awarded the RCoA Macintosh Professorship 2012-13, the Difficult Airway Society Professorship 2014, an honorary Professorship in Bristol University and several other prizes for which I am grateful and humbled.

Dr Seema Agarwal

Association for Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Critical Care

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Dr Seema Agarwal is a cardiac anaesthetist and intensivist at Manchester Royal Infirmary. She represents the Association of CardioThoracic Anaesethetists and Critical Care on the NAP 7 steering group.

Dr Richard Armstrong

NAP7 Fellow

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Richard is an Academic Clinical Fellow in Anaesthetics in the Severn Deanery and co-authored the successful NAP7 topic proposal.

Dr Chris Bouch

Independent Healthcare Providers Network

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Chris is a Consultant in Anaesthesia & Critical Care Medicine at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. His main interests are in Obesity and peri-operative care and high risk pre-assessment. Previously he sat on the committee of the Society for Obesity & Bariatric Anaesthesia and has written a textbook of obesity anaesthesia and peri-operative care. In Critical Care medicine his interests centre around post-cardiac arrest management and prognostication as well as infection prevention.

Dr Jeremy Cordingley

Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine

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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 Peri-Operative Medicine at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, where he is lead for ICM. His main clinical interests are cardiothoracic critical care and extra-corporeal cardiovascular and respiratory support.
He is an FICM Board Member and examiner. He serves on the FICM Equivalence Committee providing advice to the GMC on applications for recognition of specialist training, and is Deputy Chair of the Professional Affairs and Safety Committee.

Ms Laura Cortes

RCoA HSRC and Audit Coordinator

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I work at the Royal College of Anaesthetists, where I coordinate the Health Services Research Centre and the National Audit Projects amongst other projects.This is my second NAP, as I started work during the 6th National Audit Project on Perioperative Analphylaxis. I will be the day to day contact for local coordinators.

Dr Matthew Davies

Association of Anaesthetists

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Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at North West Anglia NHS Trust. I am the Honorary Secretary Elect for the Association of Anaesthetist whom I am representing on this stakeholder group. I am the Clinical Lead for Intensive Care and have written Hospital policies on post cardiac arrest care on ICU. I am interested in the prognostication in certain patients groups, for example post cardiac arrest and devastating Brain Injury.
Outside of work I am a passionate Welsh Rugby supporter, a keen road cyclist and have just bought a stand-up paddle board!

Ms Jenny Dorey

RCoA Lay Committee

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Jenny has been a practising hospital pharmacist for most of her career, including 20 years as chief pharmacist in a large teaching hospital and pharmaceutical advisor to a strategic health authority. Now retired from the NHS she has been a member of RCOA lay committee for several years, involved particularly in supporting research, quality improvement and perioperative care. High quality safe, effective and patient focused care has always been her priority, delivered by a multidisciplinary and multiprofessional team.

Ms Sharon Drake

RCoA Director of Clinical Quality and Research

Sharon Drake is Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Clinical Quality and Research at the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA). She is responsible for an ambitious programme of healthcare improvement and patient safety, which includes the development and delivery of national clinical guidelines and accreditation, national clinical audits and QI programmes and projects.

Sharon has worked in the education and healthcare sector for the last 24 years, both as an educator and a senior manager. The last seventeen years have been spent working at Board level with two of the largest medical Royal Colleges.

Sharon is also the College Director for the newly developing Centre for Perioperative Care, a cross-specialty centre dedicated to the promotion, advancement and development of perioperative care, for the benefit of both patients and the healthcare community.

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Dr Simon Finney

Barts Health NHS Trust

Mr James Goodwin

RCoA Head of Research

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James is the Head of Research at the Royal College of Anaesthetists, looking after departmental strategy, budgets, and projects and managing the team. James oversees the delivery of the College's research objectives, including the National Audit Projects (NAPs), Perioperative Quality Improvement Programme (PQIP), the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA), Sprint National Anaesthesia Projects (SNAPs), and Children's Acute Surgical Abdomen Programme (CASAP). James manages the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA), the Health Services Research Centre (HSRC), and Centre for Perioperative Care (CPOC).

Dr Andrew Kane

NAP7 Fellow

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Andrew is currently an anaesthetic registrar and HSRC Fellow based at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. He one of three HSRC Clinical Research Fellows working on the NAP7 project. His research interest in cardiovascular science developed during his PhD and this continues with perioperative cardiac arrest, the theme of NAP7, under the guidance of Dr Jas Soar, Prof Tim Cook and the wider HSRC team.

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Dr Gudrun Kunst

Association for Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Critical Care

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Dr Gudrun Kunst has been Consultant Anaesthetist at King's College Hospital since 2004. She trained at Heidelberg University Hospital (Germany) and her clinical interests include perioperative medicine, cardiovascular anaesthesia and anaesthesia for day surgery procedures. Gudrun is an examiner for the Primary FRCA and she is the Pan-London Anaesthetic Academic Training Programme Director. She was awarded the 2017 National Royal College of Anaesthetists - NIHR Senior Research Clinician Prize and she is the Scientific Officer and Honorary Treasurer of the Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Critical Care (ACTACC).

Dr Emira Kursumovic

NAP7 Fellow

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Mr Jose Lourtie

RCoA Clinical Audit Manager

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As the Royal College of Anaesthetists Clinical Audit Manager my job is to oversee some of the Research and Clinical Audit projects at the RCoA (National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA), Perioperative Quality Improvement Programme (PQIP), Sprint National Anaesthesia Projects (SNAPs), National Audit Projects (NAPs).

Prof Ramani Moonesinghe

HSRC Director

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Ramani is Professor of Perioperative Medicine, Head of the Centre of Perioperative Medicine and Head of the Department of Targeted Intervention within the Division of Surgery and Interventional Science at UCL. She is an honorary Consultant Anaesthetist at UCL Hospitals, where she was previously also a consultant in critical care medicine (2009-2018). She is Director of the NIHR funded UCL/UCLH Surgical Outcomes Research Centre and was previously a Faculty Tutor in Intensive Care Medicine and a Trust Clinical Lead for Organ Donation at UCLH. She has been a Board Member of the National Institute for Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA) since 2009 and was the NIAA's academic training advisor between 2012 and 2016; she was also the academic Training Programme Director for the London Academy of Anaesthesia for 5 years. Ramani was a Council Member of the Royal College of Anaesthetists between 2008 and 2012. She was the local NIHR clinical research network lead for Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain in North Thames (2015-2017) and remains on the NIHR's national specialty group representing the HSRC. In 2016, she was appointed as Associate National Clinical Director for Elective Care at NHS England; she is also a member of the RCoA's Perioperative Medicine Leadership team.

Ramani's academic interest is Health Services and Improvement Research in perioperative medicine, in particular, risk stratification and outcome measurement with a view to improving the quality of care for patients undergoing major surgery. In 2015, she was awarded a senior postdoctoral fellowship in Improvement Science by the Health Foundation and through that established the RCoA / HSRC national Perioperative Quality Improvement Programme which measures and improves morbidity and patient reported outcome after major non-cardiac surgery in adults. For the HSRC she also leads SNAPs 1 and 2, the Children's Acute Surgical Abdomen Programme, the Perioperative Improvement Research Laboratory and the Global Health Strategy. She is also a member of the NELA project team.

Ramani is married to (the very patient) Ed, an inventor, and has two (very active) adopted sons, Zack and James. She lives in the Sussex countryside surrounded by sheep.

Prof Iain Moppett

HSRC Deputy Director

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Iain is an Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant Anaesthetist at the University of Nottingham and Nottingham University Hospitals.

He has served on the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Anaesthesia since 2010. He has been the BJA Grants Officer and a member of the NIAA Research Council since 2011. He has previously been College Tutor at Queen's Medical Centre, and is the Training Programme Director for Academic Anaesthesia in Nottingham.

Iain's primary academic interests are in improving outcomes for older patients undergoing surgery and in perioperative patient safety. This work has previously focused on risk stratification, impact of perioperative care process and clinical trials in hip fracture, and more recently has been investigating delirium and post-operative cognition. His safety work encompasses ergonomics of anaesthetic practice and the risks associated with surgical Never Events.

Iain is a member of the NICE Quality Standards group for hip fracture and a regular member of the British Orthopaedic Association Hip Fracture peer review team. He has also provided external reviews of Never Event investigations to regional hospitals.

Iain is married to Sarah, a divisional nurse in Nottingham and is kept busy with two daughters, music and running.

Dr Ronelle Mouton

Vascular Anaesthesia Society of Great Britain and Ireland

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Dr Ronelle Mouton trained in Anaesthesia in the South West. She is a consultant anaesthetist at Southmead Hospital, Bristol, where she is the lead for anaesthesia research. Ronelle is an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Bristol and chair of the Vascular Anaesthesia Society of Great Britain & Ireland (VASGBI).

Dr Gemma Nickols

Neuro Anaesthesia & Critical Care Society

Gemma has been a consultant anaesthetist at North Bristol NHS Trust since 2015, having trained in the Severn Deanery and graduated from the University of Bristol Medical School. Gemma has clinical interests in vascular and neuroanaesthesia. She is a council member for the Neuroanaesthesia and Critical Care Society, and is representing this stake-holder group on the NAP 7 panel.

Prof Jerry Nolan

Resuscitation Council (UK)

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Jerry Nolan is a consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine at the Royal United Hospital, Bath, Professor of Resuscitation Medicine at the University of Warwick, and Honorary Professor of Resuscitation Medicine at the University of Bristol, UK. He trained at Bristol Medical School (MB ChB 1983) and undertook anaesthesia and critical care training in the UK in Plymouth, Bristol, Bath and Southampton, and at the Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore in the United States.

Jerry is Chairman of the European Resuscitation Council (ERC), past Chairman of the Resuscitation Council (UK), and the immediate past Co-chairman of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR). Jerry is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Resuscitation.

Jerry's research interests are in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, airway management, and post-cardiac arrest treatment - he has authored over 300 original papers, reviews and editorials on these topics. Jerry remains a full-time clinician and his clinical time is divided equally between anaesthesia and intensive care.

Dr Fiona Oglesby

Trainee Anaesthetist

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Fiona is an anaesthetic registrar in the Severn Deanery. She co-presented the successful NAP7 topic proposal of peri-operative cardiac arrest. She has an interest in paediatric anaesthesia and has previously worked for the regional paediatric retrieval service.

Mr Balwant Patel

RCoA Lay Committee

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Torn between a career in physics or geology, Bal was fortunate to join the oil industry in the late seventies where he was able to combine the two disciplines. A brief stint in the Yorkshire Dales looking for dangers to coal mining, led to a career involving short stays around the globe looking for oil and gas. Progressing (?) to middle management confirmed his preference for a technical career which involved some teaching and a lot of mentoring. Having spent the last 15 exciting years in a specialist mergers and acquisitions team and having endured several boom and busts cycles in the oil business, Bal decided to take early retirement in 2015. Volunteering as a teacher/mentor/lay person has been a great privilege allowing him to give something back to the community. Areas of RCoA work and involvement include accreditation and patient safety.

Dr Felicity Plaat

Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association

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Felicity Plaat is a consultant anaesthetist at Queen Charlotte's & Hammersmith Hospitals in London, specialising in obstetric anaesthesia. She is current president of the Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association and an elected member of the council of the Royal College of Anaesthetists.
Areas of interest include high-risk obstetrics, medicolegal and ethical aspects of anaesthesia. In particular she is interested in supporting multidisciplinary training in maternity care in resource poor and conflict zones & recently returned from Iraq.
She sits on the editorial boards of British Journal of Anaesthesia-Education, and International Journal of Obstetric Anaesthesia. Currently her focus is on multidisciplinary management of the obstetric critically ill and victims of trauma.

Dr Katie Samuel

Research and Audit Federation of Trainees

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Katie is an anaesthetist based in Bristol. She is Chair of the Research and Audit Federation of Trainees (RAFT) which delivers UK wide research led by anaesthetists in training.

Dr Barney Scholefield

Paediatric Intensive Care Society

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Barney Scholefield is an NIHR Clinician Scientist at the University of Birmingham and Honorary Consultant in paediatric intensive care at Birmingham Children's Hospital. He leads a resuscitation and neuro-critical care research programme focused on the neuro-monitoring, neuro-protection and neuro-prognostication after paediatric cardiac arrest. He is the current Chair of the UK wide Paediatric Intensive Care Society Study Group (PICS-SG) and Chair of the neuro-critical care section of the European Society of Paediatric and Neonatal intensive care.

Dr Jonathan Smith

Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland

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Consultant Paediatric Anaesthetist and Deputy Director of Medical Education at Great Ormond Street Hospital. APAGBI Council member representative on NAP7 Panel.

Ms Dee Taylor-Robinson

Association for Perioperative Practice

Mr Lee Varney

Association of Anaesthesia Associates

Dr Cecilia Vindrola

HSRC Social Scientist

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Cecilia Vindrola is a Medical Anthropologist interested in applied health research and the development of rapid approaches to research. She works across four interdisciplinary teams, applying anthropological theories and methods to study and improve healthcare delivery in the UK and abroad. She is a researcher on the NIHR-funded Rapid Service Evaluation Team (RSET), a collaboration between UCL and the Nuffield Trust. She has written extensively on the use of rapid qualitative research and currently co-directs the Rapid Research, Evaluation and Appraisal Lab (RREAL) with Dr Ginger Johnson. She is the past Director and current training lead for the Qualitative Health Research Network (QHRN). Cecilia works as a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Applied Health Research, UCL and Social Scientist at the NIAA Health Services Research Centre (HSRC), Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA).

Ms Sandra Ward

College of Operating Department Practitioners

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Sandy is an experienced Cardiothoracic Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) who now works full time as a lecturer in BSc Operating Department Practice at the University of Hull. Sandy is module lead for both preoperative and anaesthetic intervention and Personal Professional Development, along with being the ODP lead trainer for moving and handling and Intermediate Life Support (ILS) for students and registered professionals alike. Sandy's areas of interest and research include preoperative prehabilitation/optimisation by way of carbohydrate loading. Further to the duties required as a lecturer, Sandy also plays an active role as a member of the College of Operating Department Practitioners Education Standards Committee, recently involved in the writing of new mentorship standards for ODP's.