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Critical care team

Monitoring and treating patients with life-threatening conditions

Our team is made up of dedicated and experienced doctors, nurses and other health professionals. We aim to give our patients not only the best treatment but also to care for them as individuals.

All staff must wear an ID badge. If you are unsure who someone is, please ask them.

Pulmonary medicine, adult critical care and sleep management team

  • Clinical director: Richard Leach and Nicholas Hart
  • Head of nursing: Heather Winteridge Dawn
  • General manager: Stuart Bell
  • Deputy general manager: Daniel Tilahun

Critical care management team

  • Clinical lead: Marlies Ostermann and Nick Barrett
  • Matrons: Natalie Grey, Charlotte Develin, Kate Villa and David Mestecky
  • Head of technical services: Gary Thomson

Critical care consultants

What our staff do

  • Doctors

    Doctors are led by a critical care consultant who has overall responsibility for a patient's care. 

    They are assisted by a medical team of specialist registrars, senior house officers and junior doctors.

    During the daily ward round the team will check each patient, make decisions on treatment, prescribe medicines and make a plan for care. 

    The team will also review each patient's care during the evening and night. 

  • Physician associates

    Physician associates work as part of the medical team. They are trained to fulfil much of the role of a junior doctor. 

  • Nurses

    Nurses monitor patients for changes in their condition, give medicines and specialist treatments and attend to the patient's personal needs. 

    Bedside nurses care for a maximum of two patients. They spend the most time with the patient and will be able to answer questions about the patient's care. 

    They are supported by clinical technicians, health care assistants, a nurse-in-charge (deputy sister, sister or charge nurse), renal nurse specialists and research nurses.

    The nursing team is managed by critical care matrons.

  • Dietitians

    Dietitians are responsible for making sure that patients get the right nutrition. This often involves a liquid diet given through a feeding tube or drip. 

    If a patient is able to eat, they may be given high energy food or drink to help aid their recovery.

  • Therapists

    Occupational therapists

    Occupational therapists help patients prevent disability and stay as independent as possible. They assess physical ability, e.g. seating and upper limb movement, as well as the patient's cognitive ability (mental skills).


    Physiotherapists give treatment to clear respiratory (airway) secretions, e.g. mucus. This can help the patient's breathing and help to reduce the amount of breathing support given (known as 'weaning'). They also help to improve the patient's muscle strength through exercise and help them to set goals for rehabilitation.

    Speech and language therapists

    Speech and language therapists assess patients who have problems speaking or swallowing, and help them to communicate more easily. They also advise on how to start eating and drinking safely.

  • Pharmacists

    Pharmacists give advice on medicines. This may include making sure that patients are on the most appropriate medicine and dose, monitoring the effects of medicines and minimising any side effects.

    They also advise critical care staff on the safest way to give medicines.

  • Radiographers

    Radiographers perform scans such as x-rays or ultrasounds on the unit. If patients need an MRI or CT scan, they are taken to the scanning department by a critical care doctor and nurse.