Research is fundamental to advancing healthcare. It requires the ideas and project development of academics, the engagement of clinicians and the voluntary cooperation of our patients and their relatives.

Throughout the WICS region, Critical Care Units are contributing to multi-centre projects or initiating their own projects. Below are some of these.

Dr Dave Pogson

Dr Pogson is the NIHR Clinical Research Network specialty lead for Critical Care in Wessex.

He is a consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia at Portsmouth’s Queen Alexandra Hospital.


The Southcoast Peri-operative Audit & Research Collaboration are a fantastic research network with the WICS region. This is led by trainees and supported by academic clinicians.

The subgroup SPARC-ICM have a particular focus on Intensive Care Medicine research.

Current projects include…

  • Transfusion thresholds in Critical Care
  • Lung protective ventilation in Critical Care
  • Reducing phlebotomy related blood loss
  • Treating paediatric status epilepticus