NACCS Council

The NACCSGBI 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 Judith Dinsmore

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

 Judith Dinsmore has been a Consultant Anaesthetist at St George’s University Hospital Trust, London since 1989. Her specialist interests include anaesthesia for neurosurgery and neuroradiology. She has published original articles, chapters and books on various topics in neuroanaesthesia but has a particular interest in awake craniotomy and was involved in recent guidance for management of anaesthesia during Intra arterial Thrombectomy. She is currently an Examiner for both the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Intercollegiate Speciality Board for Neurosurgery. She was appointed to council in 2012 and was previously Honorary Secretary. She represents NACCS on the SALG group and has organised several CPD Days at the AAGBI and the RCOA.  
Immediate Past President: Dr John C Andrzejowski

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MBChB (Sheffield 1989) FRCA, FFICM.

Consultant in Anaesthesia & Neurointensive Care, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield since May 2000.

SHO jobs in Australia & post FRCA fellowships in New Zealand & Canada. I seem to anaesthetise for more than my fair share of skull-base neurosurgery, and help look after the local Neuro Intensive Care unit. I was a member of the guideline development group (GDG) that issued the IPH guidelines (NICE April 2008) and a member of the ‘diagnostics assessment programme’ that published guidance on depth of anaesthesia monitoring for NICE in 2012. I have been an examiner for the RCOA since 2011. My research interests include strategies of avoiding Inadvertent Perioperative Hypothermia (IPH), electronic preoperative assessment (ePAQ-PO) and the use of EEG monitoring in anaesthesia and neurocritical care.


Honorary Treasurer: Dr Roger Lightfoot

BSc MBBS FRCA FICM

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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 been focusing on development of the website and I am excited to be given the opportunity to be Treasurer for NACCSGBI. I represent NACCSGBI at the Small and Specialist Societies Advisory Group at the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine.


Honorary Secretary: Dr Elfyn Thomas

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Department of  Intensive Care Medicine Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, PL6 8DH

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

Outside of work he enjoys sailing.


Dr Matt Wiles

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Consultant in Neuroanaesthesia & Neurocritical Care, Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

I completed anaesthetic training in Nottingham in conjunction with a research post as a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Nottingham, before taking a consultant post at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. My post primarily involves sessions in neuroanaesthesia (with a particular interest in pituitary and major spinal surgery), neurocritical care and pre-operative assessment. My other interests include the management of major trauma, both in the pre-hospital and trauma centre environments and medical education. My non-clinical interests are primarily academic in nature. I am on the Editorial board of Anaesthesia and maintain an active role in on-going clinical research.

Council Roles

  • Representation of NACCSGBI at National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia Research Council
  • National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia Research Grant Allocation Committee
  • NACCSGBI Research Coordination
  • Management of abstracts for the Annual Scientific Meeting

Dr Justine Elliot

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Consultant in Neuroanesthesia

I am a consultant neuroanaesthetist and college tutor working in Derriford Hospital, Plymouth. My interests within neuroanaesthesia are posterior fossa surgery and awake craniotomies; a service we have introduced to the region over the last 16 months. I have been lucky enough to train and work in London prior to my job here.

Outside work I enjoy walking and the outdoors.


Dr Craig Carroll

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Consultant Anaesthetist, Salford Royal Hospital.

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 complex spinal surgery, in addition to neuroanaesthesia and Level 2 Neuro-critical Care. I am a member of the UK Cell Salvage Action 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.


 Dr Omar Siddique  

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ST4 Anaesthetics/ICM in Wessex, Co-opted Trainee representative

I am currently a dual Anaesthetic and Intensive Care Medicine trainee in the Wessex deanery.  I graduated from Southampton medical school in 2010 and completed my foundation training in Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth. I subsequently trained in Kent, Surrey and Sussex region in ACCS Anaesthesia. After completing my core training, I undertook a year long fellowship in Simulation and Neuro critical care in University Hospital Southampton. I assisted with the running of NACCSGBI ASM in Southampton, with particular focus on social media and twitter.  I established a regional simulation based teaching programme for neuro critical care emergencies. I was also involved in implementing a portable CT head service for neurocritical care at University Hospital Southampton. Since then, I obtained an ST3 training post in ICM followed by dual training in Anaesthesia in Wessex.

I am delighted to join the council in June 2017 as part of a brand new role as trainee representative. I hope to work as a direct link between trainees and the council, enhance technology and social media and to raise awareness of neuroanaesthesia/neurocritical care amongst trainees.


Dr Gemma Nickols

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Consultant in Anaesthesia, North Bristol NHS Trust

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

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

Gemma is leading the organisation of the next NACCSGBI ASM in Bristol, in May 2018.