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Ten minutes with Dr Andy Georgiou, Director of Intensive Care, and Margi Jenkins, Matron for Intensive Care and Outreach at The Royal United Hospitals NHS Trust, Bath, UK
  1. Andrew Georgiou1,
  2. Marghanita Jenkins2,
  3. Kathryn Herneman1
  1. 1 Anaesthetics and Critical Care, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, Bath, UK
  2. 2 Critical Care and Outreach, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, Bath, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Andrew Georgiou, Anaesthetics and Critical Care, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, Bath BA1 3NG, UK; Andrew.georgiou{at}nhs.net

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Biography

Andy Georgiou has been the director of the Intensive Care Unit at the Royal United Hospital in Bath since 2013 and is an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Bristol. He trained in the South West of the UK and in Australia where he worked on the Sydney Air Ambulance. He holds First Class Honours in Anatomical Science, has published 18 peer review articles and six books/book chapters and is principal investigator for a number of intensive care research trials.

Biography

Margi has been matron of the intensive care unit (ICU) in Bath since 2019. Her critical care experience began in 1988 in cardiac surgery, during which time she co-led the set-up of a Cardiac Surgery Unit in Trinidad in 1995. Since having her three (now grown up) boys, Margi has worked as a senior intensive care sister in Bath, North Bristol and at the Bristol Heart Institute. She has also worked as a specialist nurse in Organ Donation as part of the South West Organ Donation Team. She was part of the team who received the Pask Award in recognition of their response to a fire within an ICU in 2011.

Since working together, Andy and Margi have introduced a 24/7 Outreach Team, an ICU Follow-Up Clinic and have overseen the construction of a new ICU within 42 days during the COVID-19 pandemic. Co-managing intensive care services throughout the pandemic has been their biggest leadership challenge to date, but also a great honour for them both.

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Between us, we have accrued 50 years of intensive care experience. For many of those years we had little idea of the detail behind what the lead consultant or matron did. It is hard to appreciate the nature of the role, the commitment, time and dedication that is required to …

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  • Author note Date of interview: 18th July 2020.

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  • Contributors The article was written by AG and MJ with significant input from KH. KH suggested writing the article and oversaw the process.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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