Anaesthesia & Critical Care

Anaesthesia and Critical Care research


The Anaesthesia & Critical Care group has diverse research interests linked by a common purpose of improving outcomes for patients cared for in the operating theatre or intensive care.

--Professor Jonathan Hardman, Head of Anaesthesia & Critical Care

Anaesthesia textbooks


Research issues

Anaesthetists and intensive care doctors provide care to a broad spectrum of people: from completely healthy people having minor surgery through to people with life-threatening injuries and illnesses. Although major advances have been made resulting in much improved outcomes, we know that overall in-hopsital mortality after surgery is still around 3.5%.

Our research is focussed on addressing ways of addressing this: improving our understanding of how the lungs, circulation and kidneys work in critical illness; clinical studies investigating new ways of caring for elderly patients with hip fracture; understanding and improving the safety of healthcare delivery in the peri-operative period. 


  • Patient safety: Professor Ravi Mahajan and Dr Iain Moppett
  • Computational Modelling: Professor Jonathan Hardman and Professor Declan Bates (Warwick)
  • Hip fracture: Dr Iain Moppett
  • Ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia: Professor Jonathan Hardman
  • Vascular biology: Professor Ravi Mahajan
  • Acute kidney injury: Dr Mark Devonald



Our research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals e.g. the British Journal of Anaesthesia and the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. (See more publications under our individual academics' profiles.)

Impact on healthcare delivery

National Patient Safety Agency

Feasibility of confirming drugs administered during anaesthesia. A qualitative study in pilot NHS sites, England and Wales. A seminal study investigating methods to reduce the risk of drug errors in anaesthesia. (Read more.)

Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland

Management of Proximal Femoral Fractures. The Nottingham Hip Fracture Score is recommended as a suitable tool for assessing risk in elderly patients with hip fracture.

The Nottingham Hip Fracture Score calculator is now available as a free iPhone app.

External Roles

British Journal of Anaesthesia

Professor Ravi Mahajan is the editor-in –chief of the leading European anaesthesia journal, and the administration for the journal is based in the Division; Professor Jon Hardman is an editor, and Dr Iain Moppett is the grants officer and e-letters editor.


Royal College of Anaesthetists

Professor Ravi Mahajan has been elected Vice-President of The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) with effect from September 2016. He is final FRCA examiner and is the chair of the Safe Anaesthesia Liaison Group.

Professor Jonathan Hardman is an examiner for the Primary FRCA.


National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia

Professor Ravi Mahajan is chair of the NIAA; Dr Iain Moppett sits on the research council.


National Institute of Clinical Excellence

Dr Iain Moppett is a member of the Topic Expert Group for Hip Fracture.


National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death

Professor Jonathan Hardman is an advisor to NCEPOD for their lower limb amputation study.




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The Anaesthesia & Critical Care group is located on the QMC campus close to operating theatres and NHS colleagues. We are linked with colleagues in the department of renal medicine based at the City Hospital campus.

The group is carrying out the Cerebrovascular accident and acute coronary syndrome and Peri-operative Outcomes study.

You can find out more about the study and how the anonymised data is protected here.

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Anaesthesia & Critical Care

School of Medicine
The University of Nottingham
C Floor, East Block, Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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