Consultant Anaesthetist Western General and St John’s Hospitals Edinburgh since 6th March 2006.
UK National Airway Lead (Joint position between Royal College of Anaesthetists and Difficult Airway Society). I was competitively appointed to this post in September 2016 for three years and was extended in post until 2022. I am responsible for coordinating training at a local level and organising the National Front of Neck Access database, which is now in the final stages of preparation before release. I organised the national meeting which first flagged up the potential risks of COVID-19 to anaesthetists (Airway Leads, March 2020) and have been involved I writing articles with anaesthetists from Wuhan and national guidelines for airway management in the pandemic.
In partnership with Medtronic I successfully delivered a McGrath Videolaryngoscope in every environment where an anaesthetic might be given across NHS Lothian, representing one of the first hospitals across the UK to achieve this. In addition I have been involved in the guideline groups for Difficult Airway Society (DAS), 2015 which first promoted the immediate availability of VL, the DAS Awake Tracheal Intubation Guidelines (2020) which promoted awake videolaryngoscopy and the joint 2020 COVID-19 airway management guidelines which encouraged the us of a VL for every potentially COVID +ve intubation.
Previous Medtronic Engagements
Videolaryngoscopy utilisation expert panel, Munich March 2018
Presenter at ESA Industry Lunchtime Seminar, Vienna June 2019
Videolaryngoscopy -the way forward- expert panel (WAMM) Amsterdam, Nov 2019