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Structure of the Nuffield Department of Anaesthesia and related links

The Nuffield Department of Anaesthesia provides anaesthetic, pain and critical care services to Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

It is part of the Critical Care, Anaesthetics, Pain, Pre-operative Assessment and Resuscitation Directorate, and details of the clinical subspecialist work undertaken are given below.

The NHS department is also closely linked with the Nuffield Division of Anaesthetics, part of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences within the University of Oxford.

Many members of the department are active leaders in clinical and laboratory research, teaching medical students and postgraduates locally and internationally and medical simulation in our state-of-the-art simulator centre.

Further information about University activity may be found on these websites:

Between NHS and University departments, we teach and train a great variety of learners from within and outside anaesthesia: as part of the Oxford School of Anaesthesia we offer a complete training programme in anaesthesia to CCT level ( and also teach medical students and foundation trainees.

We provide courses for non-anaesthesia specialists in the recognition and management of critically ill patients, and in-theatre skills training to paramedics.

We also have consultants and trainees with strong interests in global health and development, and offer an internationally recognised course specialising in anaesthesia for resource-poor settings.

Clinical subspecialty areas within our departmental provision are listed below:

  • Breast surgery
  • Cardiac surgery and cardiac catheterisation procedures
  • Colorectal
  • Craniofacial
  • Dental for children and patients with special needs
  • Endocrine
  • Endoscopy
  • ENT
  • Gynaecological / gynae-oncology
  • Hepatobiliary
  • Maxillofacial
  • Neonatal
  • Neurosurgical
  • Obstetric
  • Ophthalmic and oculoplastic
  • Orthopaedic
  • Plastic
  • Paediatric (surgical and procedural)
  • Radiology
  • Radiotherapy
  • Thoracic
  • Transplant (kidney, pancreas and bowel)
  • Trauma
  • Urology including robotic surgery
  • Vascular

Across these subspecialist areas we also have groups with expert interests in airway management, regional anaesthesia and pre-operative assessment.

Consultants from the Nuffield Department of Anaesthesia have commitments to acute and chronic pain services and to the five critical care units within the Trust:

A consultant list is provided at this link:

Our consultants