Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Professor of Critical Care



+44 (0)20 3313 4521stephen.brett Website




Hammersmith House 570Hammersmith HospitalHammersmith Campus





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. 



Stacey M, Hill N, Brett S, et al., 2024, What do environment-related illnesses tell us about the character of military medicine and future clinical requirements?, Bmj Military Health, Vol:170, ISSN:2633-3767, Pages:43-46

Stewart S-J, Pandolfo A, Moon Z, et al., 2024, UK clinicians’ attitudes towards the application of molecular diagnostics to guide antibiotic use in ICU patients with pneumonias: a quantitative study, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, Vol:79, ISSN:0305-7453, Pages:123-127

Bhattacharyya A, Laycock H, Brett S, et al., 2023, Health care professionals’ experiences of pain management in the Intensive Care Unit: a qualitative study, Anaesthesia, ISSN:0003-2409

Woodbridge H, Norton C, Jones M, et al., 2023, Clinician and patient perspectives on the barriers and facilitators to physical rehabilitation in intensive care: a qualitative interview study, Bmj Open, Vol:13, ISSN:2044-6055

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, Vol:18, ISSN:1932-6203, Pages:1-15

More Publications