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Prof Julian Bion

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Company / InstitutionUniversity of Birmingham
Job TitleProfessor of Intensive Care Medicine
Research Interest

My areas of research are focussed on implementation science, human factors and education as methods of improving quality of patient care.

Matching Michigan Project (NPSA): senior clinical lead for this quality improvement project

Health Foundation-funded ethnographic study: Grant holder Prof Mary Dixon-Woods (University of Leicester). Steering committee member.

HTA-funded ProMISe study (protocolised management of sepsis). Steering Committee member.

Competency-based training in intensive care in Europe (CoBaTrICE). Two programme grants from Leonardo Foundation, October 2003-6, and identified as a model of best research practice by the European Commission. Second phase funded for a further two years 2007-9 (CoBaTrICE-IT). Adopted by many countries worldwide ( including UK.

GenOSept: an international collaborative study of the genetics of sepsis (ESICM). I inititated this project and am now one of the collaborators supporting Professor Stuber as project lead. Received a 3 year grant of 2.1 MEur in November 2004.

Inflammation and adrenocortical dysfunction in trauma and sepsis with Professors Lord, Arlt and Midwinter: research in progress at University of Birmingham and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (Dr Mark Foster research fellow)

CMV suppression in critical illness. RFpB-funded study with Professor Paul Moss (Research fellow Dr Nick Cowley).

Research Expertise

I created and am now research lead for the world-wide European Community Leonardo Programme-funded international competency-based training programme for intensive care in Europe (CoBaTrICE). Completed successfully in October 2006, we are now implementing this programme worldwide, and will be developing a social sciences research programme to evaluate its impact on medical education and patient care. The programe can be viewed at

I am a member of the WHO sepsis group within the Integrated Management of Acute Illness programme, developing best practice guidance for resource-limited environments.

I am one of the lead investigators in a collaborative group studying the genetics of sepsis (GenOSept) which has been awarded a grant of Eur 2.1M by the FP6 programme.

I am the senior clinical lead for the DoH-funded NPSA a Matching Michigan project to minimise blood stream infections linked to the use of central venous catheters (2009-2011).

I have integrated training in acute care and resuscitation in the undergraduate curriculum from Year 1 to 5, including the introduction of peer-led training in resuscitation for all first year health care students (>600). This novel programme has international recognition, and is highly rated by the students; the student instructor course is oversubscribed. We are now training student examiners.

Research Areas

Human factors, quality improvement.

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