Role model: Ian Nesbitt

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 22 March 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k881
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

Anne Gulland speaks to Ian Nesbitt, a consultant in anaesthesia and critical care at Freeman Hospital, Newcastle Upon Tyne

When the World Trade Center was destroyed on 11 September 2001 Ian Nesbitt knew life was about to change. As an army reservist, Nesbitt was about to go on a military training exercise to Oman. When he arrived in the Gulf state, the Americans were using the British army camp as a base to bomb Afghanistan.

Ian Nesbitt. Credit: Lorne Campbell/Guzelian

“There was a feeling that we could have got on a plane to go to Afghanistan at any time,” he says.

His next tour of duty was to Kosovo on what was essentially a peacekeeping mission. It brought with it, however, a new level of responsibility. “Someone got shot in the head in Pristina and we had quite a discussion about the flight and transfer. That wouldn’t have happened on an exercise,” he …

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