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Dr Tom Bashford


Dr Tom Bashford

Dr Tom Bashford

PhD Student

Research group: Healthcare Design Group
Telephone: 01223 748577

Dr Tom Bashford


  • FRCA Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, 2014
  • MRCP Member of the Royal College of Physicians, 2010
  • MBBS Clinical Medicine. St George‚Äôs Hospital Medical School, University of London, 2007
  • MBiochem (Hons) Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. University of Oxford, 2002

Previously an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in the UDA, Tom is a Clinical Research Fellow funded by the NIHR Global Health Research Group on Neurotrauma, and a Specialist Registrar in Anaesthesia at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. His academic interest is in developing a systems understanding of interventions to improve anaesthetic care in low income settings, and he is currently registered as a PhD student working within the UDA Health Systems Engineering Group and the Healthcare Design Group in the Department of Engineering. This is supported by a WD Armstrong Studentship from the University of Cambridge School of Technology, and involves systems mapping of traumatic brain injury care in Myanmar.

Tom’s introduction to global health came working with VSO in Ethiopia between 2011-2012, for which he was awarded the AAGBI/MPS Patient Safety Prize in 2012. He sits on the Education Board of Lifebox Foundation, and leads their current anaesthesia workstream in Ethiopia. In addition, he is co-director of the THET-funded Cambridge-Yangon Trauma Intervention Project ICU Partnership and senior lecturer on the systems-based Delivering Trauma Intensive Care Course developed as part of this partnership, supported by Cambridge Global Health Partnerships. He teaches on the MSc in Global Health with Surgery & Anaesthesia at King’s College London, and the NIAA Introduction to Academic Anaesthesia. Tom is the current President of the World Anaesthesia Society, the Specialist Society for UK anaesthetists interested in global health.


Public Engagements

2016 ‘The Checklist Effect’
Interviewed for Lifebox film detailing international efforts to implement the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist

2012 ‘Into Thin Air’
BMJ Blog in support of Lifebox BMJ Christmas Appeal 2012

2012 ‘Road to Safer Surgery’, Yekatit 12 Hospital, Addis Ababa
Produced in association with the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Ethiopia

2012 ‘How to Implement the Safe Surgery Checklist’, Yekatit 12 Hospital, Addis Ababa
Produced in association with the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Ethiopia

2012 Voluntary Service Overseas: Anaesthesia in Ethiopia
A video detailing some of the work of this placement can be found at:

Selected Publications

Clarkson J, Dean J, Ward J, Komashie A, Bashford T. A systems approach to healthcare: from thinking to practice. Future Healthcare Journal. 2018. 5(3). p151-155 doi: 10.7861/futurehosp.5-3-151.

Bashford T, Nwe Myint PP, Win S, Thu M, Naing MM, Burnstein RM, Hlaing TT, Brealey E, Hutchinson PJA, Clarkson PJ.  A systems approach to trauma care in Myanmar: from health partnership to academic collaboration. Future Healthcare Journal. 2018.  5(3). p171-175. doi: 10.7861/futurehosp.5-3-171.

Abou El Ela Bourquin B, Gnanakumar S, Bath MF, Bashford T, Menon DK, Hutchinson PJA. The international health elective: a stepping stone for tomorrow's global surgeons and anaesthetists. Perspect Med Educ. 2018.

Bashford T, Clarkson PJ, Menon DK, Hutchinson PJA. Unpicking the Gordian knot: a systems approach to traumatic brain injury care in low and middle income countries. BMJ Global Health 2018;3:e000768.

Gibbs A, Bashford T, Wilson IA. Pulse oximetry in a high income setting: how big is the gap? Anaesthesia. 2017. 72(12): 1565–1567.

Bashford T, Howell V. Anaesthesia a Tropical Disease 2. BJA Education. 2017. Mar 18(30), p75-81

Bashford T, Howell V. Anaesthesia a Tropical Disease 1. BJA Education. 2017. Feb 18(2) , p35 – 40 

Bashford T, Reshamwalla S, McAuley J, Allen NH, McNatt Z, Gebremedhen Y.  Implementation of the WHO Safe Surgery Checklist in an Ethiopian Referral Hospital. Patient Safety in Surgery. 2014 Mar 8(16). 

Walker IA, Bashford T, Fitzgerald E, Wilson IH.  Improving Anesthesia Safety in Low-Income Regions of the World. Current Anesthesiology Reports. 2014.

Bashford T. Anaesthesia in Ethiopia: providers’ perspectives on the current state of the service. Tropical Doctor. 2014 Jan 4(1) p6-13.

Bashford T.  Quality Improvement in Low Resource Settings: An Ethiopian Experience. British Journal of Hospital Medicine. 2013 May 79(5) p.286-288.