Dr Chris Danbury


I am a Consultant in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. I am also a Visiting Fellow in Health Law at the School of Law, University of Reading.

The grandson of a doctor and the son of a barrister, I went to school at St Paul's in South London between 1980 and 1984.

After a gap-year, I studied medicine at St. George's Hospital Medical School, qualifying in 1990. Following my house jobs, I trained in general medicine and spent a year at St Mary's Hospital in the virology laboratory before commencing training in anaesthetics and intensive care medicine.

My career took me from Oxford to Southampton and then a year in Western Australia. Primarily a Senior Registrar at the Royal Perth Hospital, I also worked for three months at Port Hedland Regional Hospital. Here I was the only specialist anaesthetist/intensivist for over 1000 miles. My eldest daughter was born in Australia and consequently is a sandgroper. As a registrar, I lectured FRCA courses on anaesthesia for Upper Limb Surgery..

When I got back from Australia I took up the post of Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthetics at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. At the same time, I studied (part-time) for an M.Phil in Medical Law at the University of Glasgow, supervised by Professor Sheila McLean.

As a consultant anaesthetist, I have a regular Upper Limb Surgical list and I anaesthetise all other common areas of surgery.

As a consultant intensivist, with 9 other colleagues, I cover a busy 17 bed intensive care unit. This unit is well known as a centre of excellence, it covers the population of Reading and West Berkshire. During my career at the Royal Berkshire, I have been Tutor for Intensive Care Medicine (2002 – 2005), Clinical Lead for Organ Donation (2007 – current), Medical Lead (2011 – 2014).

Following my M.Phil, in 2005 I was appointed as Visiting Fellow in Health Law at the School of Law, University of Reading, a post I still hold. My role is primarily aimed at bio-legal research, but I do lecture LLB students and more recently students on the BA degree course in Ethics, Value and Philosophy.

Nationally, I was elected to the Council of the Intensive Care Society (ICS) in 2011, and appointed as Honorary Secretary in 2013. I served as Co-Chair of the Joint Professional Standards Committee of the ICS and Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine. I was appointed as the Thames Valley Senate Representative on NHS England Adult Critical Care Reference Group in 2012. I stepped down from these posts at the end of 2015.

I set up and Chair the Legal and Ethical Policy Unit of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine established in 2014.

Dr Chris Danbury

Key publications

Core Standards in Intensive Care
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Law and Ethics in Intensive Care
'Highly Commended in the Basis of Medicine Category, BMA Medical Book Awards 2011'
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Deprivation of Liberty in Intensive Care
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