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Dr Joyce Yeung appointed as National Anaesthetics Lead for the NIHR

A Critical Care anaesthetist will be promoting the “abundant opportunities” of clinical research for patients after being appointed National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) National Anaesthetics, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management Specialty Lead.

 Dr Joyce Yeung is Honorary Consultant in Critical Care at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB). The main aim of her new role at the NIHR is to promote and offer clinical research studies to all patients as part of their routine care. 

Dr Yeung said: “‘I’m honoured to have been appointed National Specialty Lead in Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine, and Pain Management. Anaesthetists play a crucial role in ensuring patient safety and well-being during the perioperative period. Anaesthetists also provide pain management and care for many patients including obstetric care, acute illness as well as medical emergencies. 

“There are abundant opportunities for our research to improve quality of care and patient outcomes. I look forward to working with our colleagues to foster a positive research culture within our specialty.”

Professor Matthew Brookes, Clinical Director of the NIHR Clinical Research Network West Midlands added: “It is great news for our region that Dr Yeung will now be leading nationally on this vital area of research, and we very much look forward to continuing to work with her.”

About Dr Yeung

Joyce graduated from University of Birmingham in 2001. Her PhD from University of Warwick was on strategies to improve quality of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Joyce is an Honorary Consultant inCritical Care and works within Research Development and Innovation at University HospitalsBirmingham NHS Foundation Trust as Deputy Clinical Director of Research. 

Additionally, Joyce is an Associate Clinical Professor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Warwick. She leads the Emergency, Prehospital, Perioperative and Critical Care Trials group within the Clinical Trials Unit at Warwick Medical School. 

Joyce is Director of UK Perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Network, and her research interests are applied health research and clinical trials including improving perioperative patient outcomes. She is currently undertaking a range of clinical trials in anaesthesia, chronic pain, critical care, and resuscitation.


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