John Welch, RN, BSc, MSc, Consultant Nurse, Critical Care & Critical Care Outreach at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- John worked as Staff Nurse, Charge Nurse, Senior Nurse and Lecturer in ICU through the 1990s. He was then appointed to one of the first Consultant Nurse posts in the UK, set-up one of the first Critical Care Outreach services in London, was first Chair of the National Outreach Forum, and Programme Lead at the Department of Health Modernisation Agency. John now sits on the Royal College of Physicians group that developed the UK National Early Warning Score and is a clinical advisor for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sepsis.
- In 2013, John co-wrote, developed and delivered a novel Nurse Intensive Care Skills (NICS) Training programme in Sri Lanka which is now being rolled out across that country. Set-up of the first Outreach team in Sri Lanka is underway.
- Currently, John is Consultant Nurse at UCLH, co-lead of the UCL Partners Deteriorating Patient Initiative across 15 acute trusts (which has halved cardiac arrests at UCLH); and now co-lead of the UCLP Patient Safety Collaborative, leading on quality improvement in management of sepsis and mortality reduction through the Partnership.
- This last year John has been working on two NIHR funded research projects: a study of nurse-led psychological support for high-risk patients; and a study of cardiac arrests in 100+ hospitals. He is also joint lead and recipient of a Health Foundation SHINE project grant aiming to graphically highlight key clinical risks and “nudge” reliable prevention and treatment measures by staff, patients and carers.