John has degrees in psychology and in nursing. He has worked in critical care since 1988, was appointed to one of the first Consultant Nurse posts, set-up one of the first Critical Care Outreach services in the UK, was the Programme Lead for Critical Care Outreach at the Department of Health Modernisation Agency, and sat on the Royal College of Physicians National Early Warning Score Design & Implementation Group that devised NEWS 1.0 and NEWS 2.0.
John is currently Consultant Nurse in Critical Care & Critical Care Outreach at University College London Hospitals; and was also previously Deteriorating Patient Lead and then Clinical Lead for sepsis across thirteen UCL Partners hospitals in a NHS England funded Breakthrough Series Collaborative that achieved significant mortality reductions across the group.
He has recently completed co-investigation of two National Institute for Health Research sponsored evaluations of i) interventions aimed at recognising and rescuing deteriorating patients across the NHS, and ii) nurse-led psychological interventions for at-risk patients.
John is also co-lead of a European Union Horizon 2020 funded programme to develop an integrated system for identifying and communicating deterioration - in and out of the hospital - which will facilitate patient and carer contributions and participation too.