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NEICS Committee


Uwe Franke

Dr Uwe Franke - NEICS President

Uwe Franke graduated from Humboldt University Berlin, Germany in 2001. Following research and postgraduate training in Medicine in Berlin he moved to North East England to undergo training in Medicine, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine. He now works as a Consultant Intensivist and Anaesthetist in the James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough.


Dr Diane Monkhouse - NEICS Treasurer

Dr Diane Monkhouse is a Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough where she is also the lead clinician for the General High Dependency Unit. Dr Monkhouse regularly visits Sudan to deliver medical aid and to teach both medical and nursing staff.

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Dr Ian Nesbitt - Former NEICS President

Ian Nesbitt qualified from Newcastle upon Tyne University in 1991, and trained in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. He currently works in anaesthesia and on a 22 bed mixed adult intensive care unit in the Freeman Hospital. He is counting the minutes to retirement...

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Dr Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson is a consultant in anaesthetics and intensive care medicine at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. He also works as an aircrew doctor for the Great North Air Ambulance Service and is an Army Reservist with 201 (Northern) Field Hospital. He has worked in developing countries including for an NGO delivering aeromedical retrieval services for most of East Africa His medical interests include major trauma, humanitarian and CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) medicine. He is the Newcastle Hospitals lead for major incidents

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Dr Andrew Kane

Andrew qualified in medicine through the MB PhD programme at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge in 2013. He graduated with a first class Natural Sciences degree in Physiology and completed his PhD in fetal cardiovascular physiology under the guidance of Prof Dino Giussani. During his academic foundation programme in neurocritical care he worked with Prof David Menon and Dr Virginia Newcombe to develop neurotrauma outcome prediction models using MRI. He has recently taken up his first consultant post.

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Dr Colin McAdam

Colin moved to north east in 2005, graduating from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in 2010. After completing Dual Anaesthetic and ICM Training in 2021 he became a Consultant at the James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough. He is currently Faculty Tutor for ICM in the 'Boro.

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Dr Gavin Hardy

Ventured North from Hull to complete a medical degree at Newcastle University in 2010, and has never left! Now a consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at the Freeman Hospital. Professional interests in point of care ultrasound, critical care echocardiography and medical education.

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Dr Jane Danby

Jane Danby completed a Physiology degree at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, after which she decided to remain at University and to continue her studies, qualifying in Medicine in 2007. She is now an Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine consultant at the Freeman Hospital.

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Dr Joe Nevin

After moving up from Bristol in 2005, Joe Nevin completed his medical degree at Newcastle University in 2010. He remained in the North-East to complete his ICM and anaesthesia training in the Northern Deanery. He works as a consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at the Freeman Hospital.

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Dr Ola Shalaby

Graduated from Cairo University 1992, consultant intensive care and anaesthesia at North Tees Hospital since 2010.


Dr Steve Chay

Dr Steve Chay qualified from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1989. He has been a SASG doctor in adult Intensive Care from 1995.

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Dr Suzy O’Neil

Dr Suzi O’Neill is a Consultant in Intensive Care & Anaesthesia at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle. Dr O’Neill is also the Training Programme Director for Intensive Care & ACCS within the Northern School of Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine.

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Dr Amy Fox - Trainee Representative

Amy graduated from Newcastle medical school in 2014 and is currently an intensive care trainee in the North East, occasionally dabbling in anaesthetics and health professions education.

Uwe Franke

Dr Kamal Sayes

Embarked on an adventure up North in 2014 to study Medicine in sunny Newcastle – and never looked back! Currently an anaesthetic trainee, finding interests in point-of-care ultrasound and medical education..


Dr Dominic Hutchinson – Trainee Representative


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Alex Gatehouse – Non-medical Representative

Alex Gatehouse graduated from Nottingham University in 2000 with a Bsc (Hons) Physiotherapy. Following Junior Rotations in the Newcastle Trust she specialised in Respiratory Physiotherapy in Adult Critical Care, also working within New Zealand. In 2012 she trained as an ACCP completing a Masters in Clinical Practice in Critical Care and qualifying in 2014. Alex rotates within all of the Critical Care Units in Newcastle, enjoys teaching and audit and is one of the founders of the Northern Region ACCP group.

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Karen Donnelly – Non-medical Representative

Karen qualified in 1993 as a Registered General Nurse and has predominately worked in Critical Care in both the UK and Australia. Her career has involved local, regional and national work,in her role as clinical educator at James Cook. She was part of the working group for the National Competency Framework for Critical Care Nurses, to develop and implement an educational programme for Critical Care. Having completed a Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice, Karen qualified as an Advanced Critial Care Practitioner in 2017 and currently works at James Cook Critical care units. She remains involved with teaching and is the medical lead and teaching faculty for training for transfer.