Anaesthesia and perioperative medicine

The clinical leads for the anaesthesia and perioperative workstream were appointed on 18th July 2017 and endorsed by the Royal College of Anaesthetists. You can read more about the appointment of clinical leads here.

You can contact the project manager for this workstream at [email protected]

The GIRFT national report on anaesthesia and perioperative medicine has now been published

Click here to download or view the report

Click here to read an overview of the report and its recommendations.

We’ve also produced a short video with a summary of the report, including the key recommendations and opportunities for improvement.

Joint Clinical Lead: Dr Chris Snowden

Consultant anaesthetist, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Freeman Hospital), and the Royal College of Anaesthetists clinical lead (joint) for perioperative medicine.

Dr Snowden trained and graduated in Newcastle upon Tyne and became a consultant anaesthetist at the Freeman Hospital in 1997. He is also an honorary senior lecturer at the Institute of Cellular Medicine at Newcastle University. Dr Snowden has a particular interest in the perioperative management of high risk patients including liver transplantation. 

Joint Clinical Lead: Dr Mike Swart

Consultant anaesthetist and critical care medicine, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, and the Royal College of Anaesthetists clinical lead (joint) for perioperative medicine.

Dr Swart trained at University College London and undertook anaesthesia and critical care training in Oxford, Cardiff and Cambridge. For the last 18 years he has worked as a consultant in anaesthesia and critical care medicine at Torbay Hospital in Devon. Dr Swart was previously the medical lead for the Peninsula Critical Care Network and Department of Health advisor for anaesthesia to the Enhanced Recovery Programme. 

Dr Snowden and Dr Swart said: “We are joint national perioperative medicine clinical leads at the Royal College of Anaesthetists with a remit to use the development of POM to improve patient care. Anaesthesia and POM has an impact on all surgical outcomes. Our appointment as GIRFT clinical leads for anaesthesia and POM will enable communication and collaboration with like-minded clinical colleagues, reducing unwanted variability and help create better care for patients in all surgical specialties.”