Peter Hutton

ALMP Mentor - Peter Hutton

Non-Executive Director, Royal Brompton and Harefield Foundation Trust

Course: BSc 1969, Phd 1973, MBChB 1978

Peter may be of interest to Medical students, or those with interest in careers in health, health care technology, system change, health economics and health care ethics.

Non-Executive Director, Royal Brompton and Harefield Foundation Trust. Former President Royal College of Anaesthetists, former Chair of Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, former Director of FH Partnership Ltd., a healthcare consultancy directed towards clinical governance and new ways of working.

I am currently a Non-Executive Director of the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust.

I began my career in engineering, obtaining a B.Sc. (lst Class Hons) in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Birmingham in 1969.  This was followed with a PhD in medical engineering in 1973.  The same year I started at medical school and qualified as a doctor in 1978, becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists in 1982.  

After training in Bristol, from 1986-2010 I was Professor of Anaesthesia in the University of Birmingham and Honorary Consultant at the University Hospital Birmingham.  From 2010 till 2018 I was a full-time NHS consultant and honorary professor at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. I remain as an Honorary Professor of the University.

As a clinical academic, my main research interests were in the application of technology to patient safety, particularly intra-operative monitoring and I am a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.  Clinically, my early practice was in liver, heart and lung transplantation.  More recently it has been in neuroanaesthesia and trauma and the development of the medical examiner role.

Additional activities

As a student I ran a small engineering business with a friend.  In 2009, with a colleague I established the FH Partnership Ltd; an organization committed to promoting quality and cost-effectiveness in healthcare. This became a significant player in the field of investigating and remedying clinical underperformance.

I was formerly President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (2002-2003) and Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (2002-2004). I established and chaired a Home Office Ethics Group to manage the ethical aspects of forensic DNA Analysis (2008-2010), and in the recent past was the Independent Hospital Consultant Advisor to the two Mid-Staffs Inquiries.

I have served on a number of public bodies such as the General Medical Council, the Specialist Training Authority, the Standing Medical Advisory Committee, the NHS Modernisation Board, the National Patient Safety Agency, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, and the National Clinical Assessment Service. Until recently I sat as the Independent Consultant Member on the Prescription Medicine Code of Practice Authority Appeal Board.

In 2014, I was appointed by the Home Office to lead a review of Forensic Pathology services in England and Wales and have recently led a review of ‘Age and the Anaesthetist’ for the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, which tackled the problem not of ageing patients, but of ageing doctors.

During the Covid-19 epidemic, I went back onto the Medical Register and organised a group of medical students to provide information by telephone to relatives of patients who were receiving intensive care.  This allowed them to get daily updates and an opportunity to ask questions about the patient's condition.

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