NACCS Council

The NACCS Council consists of three executive officers, six members and the immediate past president. The Council meets three times a year in central London.


President: Dr Roger Lightfoot 

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Shackleton Department of Anaesthetics, University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

I have been a Consultant in Neurocritical Care and Anaesthesia since 2004. I was appointed to Council in 2012. My areas of interest are prodominantly around neurocritical care where I am the Clinical Lead for the Wessex Neurological Centre Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit. I am currently clinical lead for Organ Donation within the Trust. For the Council I have since 2017 until May 2019 the  Treasurer for NACCS. I represent NACCS at the Small and Specialist Societies Advisory Group at the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine.

It is an immense honour to be given the opportunity to be President of the Society starting in May 2019.

 

Immediate Past-President: Dr Judith Dinsmore

I have been a Consultant Anaesthetist with a specialist interest in Neuroanaesthesia at St George’s University Hospital Trust, London since 1989. I have held various management roles and helped to develop the service for awake craniotomy and interventional neuroradiology including one of the country’s first 24/7 thrombectomy services. I have published original articles, chapters and books on various topics in neuroanaesthesia including the AAGBI / NACCS updated brain injury transfer guidance and national consensus guidelines for safe and effective endovascular thrombectomy. I am currently an Examiner for both the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Intercollegiate Speciality Board for Neurosurgery. I was appointed to council in 2012 and was previously Honorary Secretary and President until 2019.


Consultant in Neuroanaesthesia, St George’s Hospital NHS Trust, London

 

Honorary Secretary: Dr Elfyn Thomas

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Department of  Intensive Care Medicine, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth

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I am primarily an intensive care consultant, was clinical lead at Plymouth Neuro ICU for 13 years and I also have sessions in neuroanaesthesia. I was the NACCS linkman for 3 years before being elected to council in 2011 and ran the society’s survey facility for 6 years. I am the NACCS representative to FICMTAQ and sit on the working parties looking at transfer of brain injured patients and patients with perceived devastating brain injury. I was the lead author of the NACCS joint position statement with the SBNS on transducer placement in TBI management. I have chaired a postgraduate course on subarachnoid haemorrhage for the ESICM, edited a book on head injury management and have been the Peninsula MTC clinical lead and a course director for both the ETC and ATLS courses.

Outside of work I enjoy sailing.

 

Honorary Treasurer: Dr Craig Carroll

Having qualified in 1993 after medical school on Manchester, I spend time in Queensland, Australia doing Emergency Medicine before returning the northwest for anaesthesia training. Following the completion of Specialist Training I sent time working at the Walton Centre, Liverpool before taking up a substantive in 2002 at Salford Royal. I have an interest in pre-operative medicine and anaemia management, in addition to neuroanaesthesia. I am a member of the UK Cell Salvage Group and am the  Chair of the North West Regional Transfusion Committee. I joined the NACCS as a co-opted member in 2014, whilst chairing the 50th ASM Local Organising Committee for the Manchester Conference, and subsequently was elected to Council the following year. I was elected to the executive in 2019 as honorary Treasurer.

Consultant Anaesthetist, Salford Royal Hospital.

 

Dr Gemma Nickols

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Consultant in Anaesthesia, North Bristol NHS Trust

I have been a consultant at Southmead hospital in Bristol since 2015. My sub-specialty interests include neuroanaesthesia (predominantly emergency surgery) and vascular anaesthesia.  I trained in the Severn deanery and completed advanced neuroanaesthesia training at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London.  I have been the NACCS linkperson for Bristol since 2015 and wrote the local anaesthetic guideline for the use of intra-operative MRI at Southmead.

I am the audit lead for my department and an active member of the Society of Anaesthetists of the Southwestern Region (SASWR), having been a trainee committee member.

I led the organisation of the NACCS ASM in Bristol, in May 2018.


Dr Sally Wilson

I have been a Consultant Anaesthetist at Queen Square, London since 1995 where my work is predominantly anaesthesia for intracranial surgery, with a neurocritical care commitment. I helped to establish the first UK interventional MR scanner and jointly chaired the AAGBI working party on ‘Safe provision of anaesthetic services in magnetic resonance units’. I set up and recruit to our clinical fellow programme for neuroanaesthesia. I have held many managerial posts, until recently Clinical Director for Quality and Safety at Queen Square and now Lead Medical Examiner for University College London Hospitals. On council, I lead communication via the Linkmen, sit on the Joint Neurosciences Council, SALG, organised the UK Brain Injury Symposium with the SBNS and have jointly written a patient information leaflet for patients having surgery in the prone position.

Consultant in Neuroanaesthesia and Neurocritical Care, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London.

 

Dr Jonathan Coles

               

Consultant in Neuroanaesthesia and Critical Care, Cambridge

In 2006 I was appointed as an Academic Consultant working within the Neurosciences Critical Care Unit (NCCU) and providing neuroanaesthesia at Cambridge University Hospitals. I am also the co-lead for critical care, Comprehensive Research Network (CRN) Eastern, National Institute for Health Research (UK) and examiner for the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, Royal College of Anaesthetists, UK.

I completed my training in Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine in the Eastern region, and during my time in Cambridge was awarded a clinical research training fellowship from the Wellcome Trust in 1999. My PhD was in the field of neuro-imaging following clinical head injury and based within the NCCU and Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre (WBIC) in Cambridge. The WBIC provides Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Magnetic Resonance (MR) Imaging and Spectroscopy for clinical research. I was awarded a Clinician Scientist fellowship from the Academy of Medical Sciences/Health Foundation in 2004. This fellowship has allowed me to establish a programme of research that examines mechanisms responsible for secondary neuronal injury, their temporal profile, and implications for eventual neurocognitive recovery. In 2009 I was appointed University Lecturer & Honorary Consultant, and since that time have established a collaborative research network with funding obtained from the Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council (UK), European Union, and National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia. I have published extensively within the field of neurosciences & critical care and am a reviewer for relevant specialist medical journals and national/international grant awarding bodies.


Dr Lara Prisco

In 2012, after I completed my specialist training in Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Hyperbaric Medicine in Italy (Trieste) I moved to the UK. I obtained a fellowship in Intensive Care at the General Intensive Care Unit of the University College Hospital in London, followed by the first Critical Care Echocardiography fellowship at St George’s Hospital, and lately subspecialised in Neuroanaesthesia and Neurointensive Care Medicine at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London and Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge. In 2013, I obtained a Master in Science in Pediatric Intensive Care Medicine at Catholic University in Rome (Italy). In 2014, I was later appointed as Clinical Lecturer at the University Department of Anaesthesia in Cambridge to further my research interests.  Since May 2016, I work as Consultant in Neuroanaesthesia and Critical Care at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford where I have developed and lead the continuous EEG service. From March 2018, I am a part-time Academic Clinician and was awarded an NIHR Fellowship. I am Senior Clinical Research Fellow at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences with an NHS Research leadership role in Neurocritical care.

Consultant in Neuroanaesthesia and Critical Care, Oxford


Dr Simon Young

 

Consultant in Adult and Paediatric Neuroanaesthesia and Neurocritical Care, Glasgow

I have been a consultant neuroanaesthetist since 2008, training in Glasgow, Nottingham and Liverpool (Alder-Hey). My super-specialist interest is anaesthesia for paediatric neuro- and craniofacial surgery. I also practice in all aspects of adult neuroanaesthesia and neurocritical care, including neuro- trauma/oncology/vascular surgery, interventional neuroradiology, complex spinal surgery and management of patients in the National Spinal Injuries Unit for Scotland. Our unit is the tertiary OMFS referral centre, and I frequently manage the ‘difficult airway’, both in children and adults. I have driven the introduction of cell salvage and TEG within our paediatric service, and am a member of the regional transfusion committee. I started as NACCS linkman in 2010, and was elected to council in 2019 with responsibilities including surveys, meetings and paediatric liaison. In my spare time I study Astrophysics and am working on my jazz piano skills.
 

Dr Daniel Stubbs

I am the trainee representative to the NACCS council, currently undertaking specialist training in the East of England with an interest in neuroanaesthesia (especially in the elderly), perioperative medicine, and neurocritical care.   I graduated from the University of Oxford in 2010 with an intercalated degree in myocardial and respiratory physiology and commenced specialist training in Anaesthesia in 2012.  In 2017 I was awarded a clinician PhD training fellowship by the Wellcome Trust and completed an MPhil in Epidemiology (2019) before commencing a PhD jointly based in the Departments of engineering and anaesthesia at the University of Cambridge.  My research involves the analysis of routinely collected electronic healthcare data for the purposes of understanding and improving the complex systems that govern perioperative care for older patients.   As part of this work I have been involved in initiating multidisciplinary regional and national initiatives to better understand and improve the care of patients with chronic subdural haematoma.

Anaesthetics Trainee, East of England

 

Dr Joseph Sebastian

Consultant Neuroanaesthetist, Salford Royal Hospital I qualified from Imperial College in 1995; I undertook his anaesthetic registrar training on the Imperial School of Anaesthesia rotation followed by a Fellowship in Neuroanaesthesia at the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, Queens Square. I was appointed to my present position as Consultant Neuroanaesthetist at Salford Royal in 2007. My main clinical interests are dexmedetomidine sedation, anaesthesia for awake brain  & skull base surgery. I am the training lead for the Neuroanaesthesia module in the deanery,  and equipment lead for theatres at Salford.  I recently joined the NACCS council as co-opted member in charge of industry liaison.