3 November 2022

Sheffield Intensive Care Consultant takes up prestigious national leadership role

Dr Daniele Bryden, a Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trusts, has been appointed as the new Dean of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine.

The Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine is responsible for the training, assessment, practice and continuing professional development of intensive care doctors across the UK, as well as setting standards for service delivery.

Dr Bryden, who has worked in intensive care medicine in Sheffield since 2001, will use the national leadership role to champion the speciality and the development of the intensive care workforce as well as improving patient care by focusing on what matters to patients and their relatives.

The pandemic has shone a light on the specialist nature of treating critically ill patients and Dr Bryden wants to use her time as Dean to develop the Faculty into an independent College of Intensive Care Medicine. This is because critical care medicine, which traditionally was considered the role of the anaesthetist, has expanded to include many other healthcare professionals with different backgrounds and there is a need for a College to better advocate for the unique needs of patients and the profession.

Dr Bryden will also use her tenure as Dean to support staff to give the very best patient care, including developing world-class education and training for the next generation of intensive care doctors.

Supporting the physical and mental wellbeing of intensive care medicine staff, many of whom cared for patients suffering from the most severe effects of Covid, will also be a key priority.

Intensive Care Medicine Consultant for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Dr Bryden, who also holds an Honorary Senior Lecturer post at the University of Sheffield, said: "It is my great honour to be elected as the fifth Dean of the Faculty. I hope to work with the support and engagement of Faculty members, to build on the respect intensive care medicine has as an indispensable medical specialty and focus on what is needed to create a stronger future as we attempt to focus on delivering care to patients who need us now whilst not forgetting the impact of the recent past.

“I would also like to recognise the role that the critical care team at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals have had in supporting me as my national leadership role has grown. The team always strive to do the very best for patients and they look after each other with as much care. They are a great source of inspiration to me.”

Dr Bryden was appointed to the role following an election held in July 2022. She will hold the position for three years.





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