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Anna Batchelor: Twitter trooper, ICU ace

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 04 January 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:j5710
Duncan Smith


Anna Batchelor, 61, is a consultant at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, dividing her time between anaesthetics and intensive care. She qualified in Sheffield, Leicester, and Newcastle and is a past president of the Intensive Care Society and past dean of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, as well as coauthor of the curriculum for training in intensive care. She also set up the role of advanced critical care practitioner to support resident staff in ICUs, and these practitioners now number more than 100. On Twitter—where she describes herself as a wife, mother, and dog/cat/chicken lover—her current preoccupations are Brexit and President Trump. She does not favour either, but she does express strong support for Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAMed). She is the GIRFT (Getting It Right First Time) lead for critical care in England.

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