About this event

  • Date and time Fri 16 Jul 2021 from 9:20am to 3:10pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Anaesthesia, Critical Care Medicine

This webinar will see world-renowned, distinguished experts provide an update on the research into AGPs (Aerosol Generating Procedures), examine the latest data on survival from COVID-19 in ICUs (Intensive Care Units), look at the latest developments in retrieval services and innovations in mobile ECMO (Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation) and tracheostomy services, and explore issues around, and discuss wellbeing, COVID-19 and PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) including a personal story.

To conclude the webinar there will be multiple short lectures on ICU topics for trainees, medical students and qualified staff.

This is a joint webinar between the Anaesthesia and Critical Care Sections of The Royal Society of Medicine. 

This webinar will cover:

  • Current best practice in retrieval services including mobile ECMO and ICU and how these can affect outcomes
  • The importance of wellbeing, support systems, PTSD and how to cope when redeployed to another specialty
  • How hospitals adapted to the huge demand for tracheostomies (in theatre and ICU)
  • Topical ICU updates from experts

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Key speakers

Dame Clare Gerada

Medical Director NHS Practitioner Health Programme, highly respected General Practitioner and Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners from 2010 to 2013, UK

Speaker's biography

After qualifying in medicine Dame Clare trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital, before following in her father’s footsteps to become a General Practitioner. She has worked in her South London practice for 30 years. During this time, alongside her clinical practice, she has held a number of national leadership positions and has led the way in reforming how drug users are managed in general practice. She was awarded an MBE in 2000 for her services to medicine and substance misuse.


She has been instrumental in the development of services for doctors and dentists with mental health problems and is the Medical Director of NHS Practitioner Health. This service has been hugely impactful, particularly on young doctors and consequently on the patients they look after and the teams in which they work. The service was awarded Outstanding by CQC rating in March 2019.  Dame Clare has also established a service for problem gamblers and chairs the newly formed registered charity, Doctors in Distress. She is also co-chair of the NHS Assembly and was awarded a DBE in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Professor Tim Cook OBE

Professor of Anaesthesia, Royal United Hospital, Bath, UK

Speaker's biography

Professor Tim Cook work in Bath and is a full time DGH consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine.


He has been fortunate to have been centrally involved in five Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) National Audit Projects learning from major complications of anaesthesia: 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 launched in June 2021). 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, he has an overall interest in improving safety and quality in anaesthesia and intensive care using a bottom-up approach.

During the COVID-19 pandemic he spent several months working from home, during which time he kept his ear to the ground and sought to aid organisational preparedness. Since July he has been back to anaesthesia and since October 2020 back full time to ICM.

Professor Tony Pickering

Professor of Neuroscience and Anaesthesia, University of Bristol, UK

Speaker's biography

Professor Tony Pickering is an expat Geordie, married with two fledgling kids and a spaniel.  He is also Professor of Neuroscience and Anaesthesia at the University of Bristol.  He is occasionally found in theatres and slightly more regularly in pain clinic.  He spent an uncommonly long time as an undergraduate Medic in Birmingham before finally graduating.  This was largely because of intercalating BSc followed by a PhD in cellular neurophysiology. Here he developed his longstanding interest in autonomic neuroscience and spinal cord function. He has pursued an academic path, initially as a clinical lecturer in Bristol and subsequently as a senior research fellow and consultant. His research group undertakes integrative systems neuroscience research into pain and autonomic control with parallel proof of concept studies in man.   

His main focus (pre-COVID...) was on developing novel translational assays and new approaches to target and harness endogenous analgesic circuits.  Having early in his career determined that airway research was an academic dead-end, he is as surprised as anyone to have enthusiastically developed a research interest in AGPs and is a member of the NIHR funded AERATOR study team in Bristol.

Dr Stephen Hearns

Consultant in Emergency and Retrieval Medicine, Greater Glasgow Health Board, Scotland 

Speaker's biography

Dr Stephen Hearns is a consultant in emergency and aeromedical retrieval medicine. He works with Scotland’s Emergency Medical Retrieval Service. This aeromedical retrieval service delivers pre-hospital critical care for major trauma patients, rural hospital secondary retrievals and major incident responses. Inspired by experience gained working on London’s air ambulance and in Queensland Australia, Stephen led the establishment of this team from 2004 to 201.


He led the team establishing the Diploma in retrieval and transfer medicine for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He developed and contributes to the organisation of the annual UK retrieval conference. Stephen is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the University of Glasgow.


His book, Peak Performance Under Pressure, was published in 2019.

He has been an active voluntary member of Arrochar mountain rescue team for 20 years and holds the Mountain Leader Award. Stephen acted as medical officer on seven international expeditions in mountain, desert, jungle and arctic environments before establishing the first expedition medicine course in the UK.


Stephen is attracted to the challenges of emergency medicine in demanding remote environments with limited resources. Stephen’s main interest is optimising team performance in high pressure situations. He researches, writes and speaks on both of these topics and provides advice to a wide range of commercial and government organisations.


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Welcome and introduction

Dr Samantha Shinde, President, Anaesthesia Section, Royal Society of Medicine  

Session one: Learning from Covid-19

Chaired by: Dr Peter Shirley, President, Critical Care Section, Royal Society of Medicine

AGP or not AGP? is that even the right question?

Professor Tony Pickering, Professor of Neuroscience and Anaesthesia, University of Bristol

ECMO on the move

Dr Rosalba Spiritoso, Consultant in Intensive Care, St Bartholomew’s Hospital 

Survival after COVID-19 ICU admission

Professor Tim Cook OBE, Professor of Anaesthesia, Royal United Hospital, Bath

Adult retrieval services

Dr Scott Grier, Lead Consultant, Retrieve Adult Critical Care Transfer Service and Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine, Southmead Hospital, Bristol

Panel discussion

Session two: Learning about ourselves

Chaired by: Dr Samantha Shinde, President, Anaesthesia Section, Royal Society of Medicine  

Physician heal thyself

Dame Clare Gerada, Medical Director NHS Practitioner Health Programme 

Health and wellbeing after a crisis, a personal view

Dr Tony Allnatt, Consultant in Anaesthesia, Royal London Hospital

Performance under pressure

Dr Stephen Hearns, Consultant in Emergency and Retrieval Medicine, Greater Glasgow Health Board

Panel discussion

Session three: Learning from each other

Chaired by: Dr Nishita Desai, Honorary Secretary, Critical Care Section

Location, location, location. Tracheostomy provision in Covid; new team working model

Dr Steve Shepherd, Consultant in Intensive Care, and Anaesthesia St Bartholomew’s Hospital

Working as an HCA in intensive care

Mr Ajit Abrahams, Consultant General, Trauma and HPB Surgeon, Barts Health NHS Trust

Adult patients in paediatric intensive care

Dr Mamta Vaidya, Consultant Paediatric Intensivist, Childrens Hospital, Royal London Hospital 

Panel discussion

Session four: Learning hot topics

What can life at high altitude teach us about COVID-19?

Prof Daniel Martin, Professor of Perioperative and Intensive Care Medicine, University of Plymouth

Pandemics new and old and how the other half dies

Dr Michael Berry, Consultant Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Kings College Hospital

HEMS, Covid and Me

Dr Chloe Baker, Registrar, London's Air Ambulance

Panel discussion
Closing remarks

Dr Peter Shirley, President, Critical Care Section, Royal Society of Medicine

End of webinar



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

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