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Critical care research group kadoorie centre

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 HAVEN, a hospital-wide project to design and develop an electronic early warning system to identify patients who may need treatment on the intensive care unit; 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; a non-contact vital signs monitoring feasibility study testing the use of visual patient monitoring in the intensive care unit; 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. We also have research secondment opportunities for critical care (includes intensive care and anaesthetics) nurses and allied health professionals employed within the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Our Affiliates

Lionel Tarassenko Lisa Hinton
Marco Pimentel Lauren Morgan
David Clifton David Wong


Julie Darbyshire, Research Programme Manager for the Critical Care Research Group, was interviewed by Jonathan Downham for his critical care focused podcast series. Their chat 'Enough with the noise already!' is online now.

For more information about the SILENCE programme of research studies click here.


Robert Hatch, one of the Academic Clinical Fellows affiliated with the Critical Care Research Group has written short blog pieces for the Intensive Care Society and the BMC to accompany his article, 'Anxiety, Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after critical illness: a UK-wide prospective cohort study'. 

Read the published paper here.

Information about the original research study (ICON) can be found here.

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Research Studies


    The HAVEN project is funded by the Health Innovation Challenge Fund, a joint venture supported by the Wellcome Trust and the Department of Health.


    The Sleep in the Intensive Care Unit: Lowering Elements of Noise in the Critical Care Environment (SILENCE) research programme was funded by a feasibility study grant awarded by the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit scheme, and was sponsored by the University of Oxford. The project ended in 2018 and final results are expected to be published during 2019.


    The REcovery FoLlowing Intensive CarE Treatment (REFLECT) research programme is funded by a grant awarded by the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit scheme.

  • Non-contact vital signs monitoring

    The non-contact vital signs monitoring (NVSM) study was a joint collaboration between the Department of Engineering, the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, and Oxehealth Ltd.


    The PICRAM study is funded by the Health Innovation Challenge Fund, a joint initiative supported by the Department of Health and the Wellcome Trust.

  • NIHR BRC Studies

    Several studies run through the University of Oxford Critical Care Research Group offices are funded by the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre.

  • NIHR LCRN Studies

    The Critical Care Research Group undertakes a number of studies that are adopted by the NIHR local research network portfolio.


The University of Oxford Critical Care Research Group 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 ICNARC, the Health Experiences Research Group and Oxford Simulation, Teaching and Research Centre on a number of studies.

The group works alongside the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust adult intensive care teams at both the Churchill and John Radcliffe Hospitals. We are currently able to offer short-term research secondments for nursing staff in the adult ICU. These allow clinical staff to maintain their nursing skills whilst offering the opportunity to gain an insight into research activities.

Recent research partnerships with Oxehealth and the Virtual Acoustics and Audio Engineering group at the University of Southampton are enabling new technology to be tested in the hospital environment.