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Health & Social Care Research Across North East & North Cumbria.

Critical Care

Meet the Team

The critical care specialty supports the delivery of research to the most critically unwell patients, these patients are in intensive, high dependency or acute care settings. Research is delivered through engaging the existing research community and developing the local infrastructure to ensure the research is delivered in the area of patient need.

The critical care portfolio includes interventions to improve the outcomes from acute respiratory distress syndrome and sepsis, the long term implications of a critical illness and how to improve recovery outcomes, the mechanisms and management for brain injuries, guides for intensive care of common and complicated conditions and minimising the risks and morbidities associated with major surgery. 

Susan Ridge

Research delivery manager

CRN North East and North Cumbria

Dr Tony Rostron

Critical care specialty group lead

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Areas supported:

Anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain management, critical care, trauma and emergency, ophthalmology, ears, nose and throat, musculoskeletal, surgery and oral and dental

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Dr Tony Rostron's research experience

I am an academic in critical care medicine in the Translational and Clinical Research Institute. As a practising clinician, I am an honorary consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine at Sunderland Royal Hospital, South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust.

My research interest is understanding the innate immune response to critical illness. I qualified in medicine from the University of Cambridge. I initially embarked upon surgical training in the north east before training in anaesthetics and intensive care medicine.

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How to get involved


Visit the national specialty page here

Funding opportunities

Explore NIHR funding opportunities, which can benefit the NHS, social care and public health organisations. 

Familiarise yourself with the Research Support Service

If you feel inspired to start your own research, visit the Research Support Service

Patient and public involvement and engagement

Encourage patients and their families to join patient and public involvement groups

Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre

Familiarise yourself with the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre, a national stakeholder which covers the audit of patient outcomes in adult and general critical care wards in England. In addition to audits, the reporting of clinical outcomes on a regular basis have enabled service evaluation, improvement and adoption of research.

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