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The Critical Care Research Group undertakes a programme of research which focuses on the identification of early patient deterioration and long-term clinical outcomes of patients who have been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. The research team has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, and designs mixed methods projects to enable a breadth of research questions to be addressed.


Current research projects include SILENCE, a project funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research for Patient Benefit funding stream which is looking at the relationship between noise, sleep, and the development of delirium in patients admitted to the intensive care unit; REFLECT, a study reviewing the care of patients after they have been discharged from intensive care; ICON, the world’s largest study of quality of life and functional outcome in survivors of critical illness; CALMS, funded by the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) which aims to improve the management of patients after abdominal surgery; and a local study looking at heart impairment related to critical illness.

Previous studies include the TracMan trial which was the world’s largest trial on the timing of tracheostomies; OSCAR, an HTA funded trial to study high frequency ventilation in patients with ARDS; and PICRAM, an observational study supported by the Department of Health and Wellcome Trust through the Health Innovation Challenge (HIC) Fund looking to develop personalised alerting thresholds for monitoring hospital inpatients through wireless, wearable devices.

The group has a successful history of hosted postgraduate projects, and welcomes enquiries from prospective students and those interested in pursuing an Academic Clinical Fellowship as part of their medical training.


Funding awarded to test wireless technology that can monitor vital signs in hospital patients

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Researchers aim to help patients sleep better during their stay in hospital

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Department of Health funding awarded to introduce a new electronic early-warning system for patient monitoring

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Noise levels in the intensive care unit are higher than guidelines recommended by the World Health Organisation


The team has a long standing collaboration with the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and shares facilities with the NDORMS trauma research team who are also based at the Kadoorie Centre for Critical Care Research & Education. The team also works closely with researchers from the Health Experiences Research Group and Oxford Simulation, Teaching and Research Centre on a number of studies. A recent partnership with Oxehealth will enable new technology to be tested in the hospital environment.

Our Affiliates

Lionel Tarassenko Lisa Hinton
Marco Pimentel Lauren Morgan
David Clifton Tim Bonnici
David Wong Sam Wilson
Julian Millo Breda Lynch
Lynn Hutchings Soubera Rymell

Research collaboration with the Institute of Biomedical Engineering

Contact Us

Kadoorie Centre Reception:

Tel: 01865 223103

Fax: Tel:  01865 223102


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