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I studied medicine at the University of Oxford, and subsequently trained in anaesthesia in Birmingham and Oxford. I now practise as an NHS consultant in the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, with roles in education and simulation. Throughout my training and consultant career I have maintained a strong interest in the provision of safe anaesthesia in low-income settings, and have ongoing commitments to clinical, training and research projects in sub-Saharan Africa.

I am privileged to direct the long-established Anaesthesia in Developing Countries course, held in Uganda, which aims to equip anaesthetists who have trained in a high-income country to work effectively and safely in a low-resource setting. Faculty are drawn from the UK, US, Zambia, Uganda and Kenya to teach delegates from Europe, Canada and Australia on an annual basis.We aim to learn and promote best practice in international collaboration, ultimately to increase patients' access to safe surgery worldwide.

Hilary Edgcombe

BM, BCh (Oxon), FRCA (Lon), MSc Global Health (KCL)

Consultant Anaesthetist

Research and training in global anaesthesia


  • Development and evaluation of smartphone-based teaching tools for the low-income setting, as part of the LIFE project
  • Director of the "Anaesthesia in Developing Countries" course, Oxford/Uganda
  • Education and training of anaesthesia providers in low-resource settings

Safe anaesthesia is a clear prerequisite for safe surgery worldwide. Billions remain unable to access life-saving operations: an important contributor to this problem is a lack of reliable anaesthetic services.

My current research focuses on the experience of non-physician anaesthesia providers in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly exploring how well their training prepares them for practice. I am also a founding and active member of the LIFE project (with team members from Kenya, the Centre for Tropical Medicine and the Department of Education in Oxford), developing novel smartphone-based training tools for health workers in low-resource settings.

I am course director for the established and internationally popular "Anaesthesia in Developing Countries" course, held annually in Uganda. I also sit on the Oxford Global Surgery Group committee as a founding member. As a group, we link clinicians and researchers in Oxford who have global surgical health interests at termly networking meetings, offer a global surgery special study module for medical students and a short academic course in global surgery for anaesthetists, obstetricians and surgeons, which will next be held in September 2019.

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