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Judith Hall  OBE

Professor Judith Hall OBE

Professor of Anaesthetics, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine. Phoenix Project Lead

School of Medicine


I am Professor of Anaesthetics, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine at Cardiff University. I also lead the Phoenix Project, a University partnership with the University of Namibia that seeks to tackle poverty and promote health.

I have extensive research interests, including anaesthesia for the developing world, translational sepsis research, mechanisms of anaesthetic sedation/analgesia and postoperative blood loss.

I am a former Welsh Woman of the Year, and have won numerous awards, including an OBE in the 2013 New Year Honours for founding the Critical Care Alliance, services to academic anaesthesia, founding the Mothers of Africa charity, and services to Africa.

I am an experienced broadcaster and regular guest on Namibian television and radio through my work with the Phoenix Project. I also commentate on medical matters and African affairs in the UK media.




























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Main areas of expertise

  • Global public health challenges in the developing world including road traffic collisions, communication in a multi-ethnic environment, and sepsis and non-communicable diseases
  • Anaesthesia for the developing world using nano-emulsion solutions disruption
  • Innovation education for the developing world
  • Translational sepsis research
  • Prediction of postoperative blood loss
  • FMRI studies of mechanisms of anaesthetic sedation/analgesia

Selected recent successful grants

Lead/Co Funding body Project title Start dateEnd Size of award
Lead MRC DPFS Anaes Nano device April 2017 April 2018 £950,000
Lead MRC PHIND Road Traffic Collisions April 2017 April 2018 £150,000
Co AHRC Multi-lingual Namibia November 2017 June 2018 £140,000
Lead THET Namibian Anaesthesia July 2015 June 2016 £30,000
Co TSB Sepsis 1 Development of Sepsis Point of Care Monitor June 2012 December 2015 £1.2M
Lead TSB Sepsis 2 Biomarker panel development July 2012 July 2014 £1.7M
Co Cardiff Met Innovation Award Appropriate technology for developing world December 2011 December 2014 £90,000
Lead NIHR i4i late stage Commercialisation epidural trainer October 2012 April 2014 £239,000
Lead CPF ESDF Development of novel anaesthesia device May 2012 September 2012 £15,000
Lead CPF Extension DAD Nano tech product development September 2012 September 2013 £70,000
Lead Cardiff Partnership Fund Development of Anaesthesia Delivery Device September 2011 September 2012 £55,000
Co BHF Thrombin Generation Fellowship June 2011 June 2014 £187,000
Co President's Award Cardiff University Control of respiration, peripheral neurography June 2011 June 2014 £45,000


I run a major programme of undergraduate and postgraduate courses within the Cochrane Simulation Centre, amounting to 40 postgraduate courses and with undergraduate courses running throughout the academic year.


Involvement in education tools and courses

  • In 2006, I developed the first medical simulation centre in the School of Medicine in Cardiff University. I ran the first courses and took part in the development and delivery of all the scenarios.
  • I developed the floor plan and the detailed specifications for Cardiff University’s new Cochrane Simulation Centre. This involved considerable early benchmarking with other simulation centres in England.
  • In the absence of any central funding for early simulation development, I worked closely with industry in the UK to eventually obtain a sponsor for the unit. The early development of commercial courses led to a surplus which was entirely re-invested in the simulation centre.
  • I developed an educational programme for educators seeking to teach in the simulation centre. This course is now running four times a year, thus enabling a major multi-professional, multi-disciplinary faculty to be developed.
  • I developed the first ever all-Wales simulation course. This is the Acute Care Module, for Year Five students. I built two teams to develop the module, one focusing on educational outputs and the other on simulation delivery. After extensive discussion with other providers throughout Wales, I rolled it out successfully to every hospital in Wales. All 350 students in Wales are now exposed to the module.

Honours and awards

  • Times Higher Education Awards, Phoenix Project shortlisted for International Collaboration of the Year 2017
  • OBE New Year Honours List 2013 for founding Critical Care Alliance, services to academic anaesthesia; founding the charity Mothers of Africa; services to Africa.
  • Cardiff University Innovation Network award for Innovation in Healthcare 2012
  • Personal Recognition Award for Contribution to Patient Safety, Welsh Government 2011
  • MediWales NHS Award for Innovation working with Industry 2011
  • MediWales Industry Award for Innovation 2011
  • Insider Wales Innovation Wales Award 2011
  • Welsh Woman of the Year 2008-9
  • All-Wales Winner of WISH Award in 2005 for development of Anaesthetic Anaphylaxis Clinic and Basophil testing.

Academic positions

As of November 2017, I hold the following positions of responsibility:
  • Professor, Anaesthetics, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine, Cardiff University
  • Project Lead, Phoenix Project
  • Consultant anaesthetist, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
  • Chair, National Advisory Board, Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales
  • Director, MediWales
  • Visiting Professor, Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Visiting Professor, University of Namibia
  • Founder and Business Developer, Bill Mapleson Centre
  • Founder and Trustee, Mothers of Africa
  • Royal College of Anaesthetists, Council member and Trustee