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

I have been a Consultant Anaesthetist at St George’s University Hospital Trust, London since 1989. My specialist interests include anaesthesia for neurosurgery and neuroradiology. I have published original articles, chapters and books on various topics in neuroanaesthesia but have a particular interest in awake craniotomy and was involved in recent guidance for management of anaesthesia during intra-arterial 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. I represent NACCS on the SALG group and have organised several CPD Days at the AAGBI and the RCOA.


Immediate Past President: Dr John C Andrzejowski MBChB FRCA FFICM.

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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

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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.


Dr Matt Wiles BMedSci BM BS MRCP FRCA FFICM MMedSci(ClinEd)

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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

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 NACCSGBI linkperson for Bristol since 2015 and wrote the local anaesethetic guideline for the use of intra-operative MRI at Southmead.

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

I am leading the organisation of the next NACCSGBI ASM in Bristol, in May 2018.


Dr Thearina de Beer MBChB FRCA DICM FFICM LLM

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Consultant in Anaesthetics, ICM and Neuro-ICM, Nottingham University Hospitals, Nottingham.

I have an interest in Health Law and have completed a Masters in Health Law and Ethics. I was the faculty tutor in ICM for 3 years and was the governance lead for AICU as well as Major Trauma. I was a member of the CRG for Spinal Cord Injury until 2016. My special interests are delirium and the impact on long stay patients, neuro trauma as well as spinal cord injury. I have been involved in delirium management at NUH and KMH, as well as starting the multi-disciplinary long term ward round at NUH. I am the specialty lead for Critical Care and CCOT at NUH.


Dr Jason Wilson BA MB BS MSc FRCA GradStat
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Consultant Anaesthetist and Medical Statistician, Imperial College London.
I have been a consultant neuroanaesthetist at Charing Cross Hospital, London since 1999 with clinical interests in glioma surgery and the impact of cognitive biases in anaesthetic practice. Additionally, I am a Medical Statistician recognised by the Royal Statistical Society after gaining both a pure mathematics degree and MSc in Medical Statistics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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