Intensive and critical care

The clinical lead for the intensive and critical care workstream was appointed on 18th July 2017 and endorsed by the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine. The workstream is managed by Caroline Beadle. (caroline.beadle@nhs.net)

You can read more about the appointment of clinical leads here.

Clinical Lead: Dr Anna Batchelor

Consultant anaesthetist and intensivist, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and chair of the Critical Care Leadership Forum.

Dr Batchelor is an anaesthetist and intensivist in Newcastle. Her anaesthetic interests include patients for endocrine, gastro-intestinal and burns, and reconstructive surgery. She was the past president of the Intensive Care Society (2005 to 2007), and past pean of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (ICM). She is currently a member of the Council of the Royal College of Anaesthetists.

Dr Batchelor said: “I am really excited to be working with the GIRFT team. I think we are already a long way down the road of GIRFT in ICM but there is always more to do. I look forward to working with colleagues in units around the country and those in other ‘sharp end’ specialties to make things more efficient, effective and better for our patients.”

Five minutes with… Dr Batchelor


Q: How did you first become interested in intensive and critical care?

As a medical student I did an elective period in anaesthesia at Royal Hallamshire Hospital Sheffield…it grew from there.

Q: What excites you most about your specialty?
The potential to save lives that would otherwise be lost. Working with a multidisciplinary team who all pull together. Working with every specialty in the hospital to provide care for their sickest patients. Working with patients and their families to deliver outcomes of value to them.

Q: What has been the highlight of your career to date?
The opportunity to play a role in leading my specialty though the Intensive Care Society, Royal College of Anaesthetists and Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine. Being President of ICS and Dean of FICM was a privilege and honour.

Q: Who or what inspires you?
People in and outside medicine who strive to make a difference, who are honest and open and don’t trade in lies and fantasy.

Q: How do you relax?
With family and friends, with Twitter, with a glass of wine, with a good crime series on TV. And running, to counteract the wine and couch potato tendencies!

Project Manager: Caroline Beadle