Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Professor of Critical Care



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Professor Stephen Brett is head for research for the Directorate of Anaesthetics and Critical Care within Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, leading the Centre for Perioperative Medicine and Critical Care Research and Professor of Critical Care at Imperial College.  The Centre is developing a unique agenda of patient focused projects along the entirety of patient journey, be it in surgery or critical illness, and of course resuscitation; these projects range from epidemiology and public health, through clinical trials to evaluation of the impact of surgery on chronic diseases and of course technology evaluation. The Centre supports many Comprehensive Research Network portfolio studies and is supported through this and the Biomedical Research Centre Scheme.

Professor Brett's personal research interests are in understanding and optimizing long term outcomes after critical illness. He is chief investigator for a number of clinical studies both locally and nationally. He recently lead the NICE guidline development group which published the guideline "Rehabilitation after Critical Illness" (

Prof. Brett is President of the Intensive Care Society  and is an Editor of the journal Critical Care. In addition he serves on a number of Department of Health advisory groups, and provides consultancy to industry in the fields of clinical trial design and supervision, and marketing. 



Lound A, Bruton J, Jones K, et al., 2023, “I’d rather wait and see what’s around the corner”: A multi-perspective qualitative study of treatment escalation planning in frailty, Plos One, ISSN:1932-6203

Watkins S, Chowdhury FJ, Norman C, et al., 2023, Randomised trial of the clinical and cost effectiveness of a supraglottic airway device compared with tracheal intubation for in-hospital cardiac arrest (AIRWAYS-3): protocol, design and implementation, Resuscitation Plus, Vol:15, ISSN:2666-5204, Pages:1-8

Warner BE, Lound A, Grailey K, et al., 2023, Perspectives of healthcare professionals and older patients on shared decision-making for treatment escalation planning in the acute hospital setting: a systematic review and qualitative thematic synthesis, Eclinicalmedicine, Vol:62, ISSN:2589-5370, Pages:1-19

Grailey K, Lound A, Murray E, et al., 2023, The influence of personality on psychological safety, the presence of stress and chosen professional roles in the healthcare environment, Plos One, Vol:18, ISSN:1932-6203, Pages:1-20

Warner B, Harry A, Wells M, et al., 2023, Escalation to intensive care for the older patient. An exploratory qualitative study of patients aged over 65 years and their next of kin during the COVID-19 pandemic: the ESCALATE study, Age and Ageing, Vol:52, ISSN:0002-0729, Pages:1-13

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