Robert Christie

Critical Care Research Nurse

I joined the Centre for Trauma Sciences in March 2017 as one of two newly-appointed Research Nurses.  I completed a BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing at the University of Greenwich and Greenwich District Hospital, qualifying as a registered nurse in 2000.  I then worked in a variety of clinical settings before entering the field of intensive-care nursing in 2004. 

I was particularly interested in care of critically-ill trauma and neuroscience patients and, as a result, I joined the ICU at the Royal London Hospital in 2007 as a staff-nurse before becoming a charge-nurse in 2010.  I have also worked as a trauma nurse co-ordinator at King’s College Hospital. 

For many years I was involved in helping to run the critical-care follow-up service for former patients of ICU.  The physical and psychosocial follow-up of critically-ill patients, especially those who have experienced major trauma, remains a key interest and a subject I am keen to further explore.

Alongside my role at QMUL, I have an honorary contract with Barts Health NHS Trust which enables me to continue to work clinically as a charge-nurse within the Adult Critical Care Unit (ACCU) at the Royal London Hospital on a regular basis.

I have published journal articles on aspects of trauma and critical-care nursing, but this is my first appointment to a research role.  Along with my colleagues, I am currently working on a pan-London observational study called Multi-Organ Dysfunction in Elderly Trauma (MODET) which aims to add to the existing evidence-base on the effects of major trauma in the elderly and address whether the sequelae and consequences of multi-organ dysfunction in this population may significantly differ from younger trauma patients with similar injuries. 

I feel very lucky to be a member of the C4TS research team and to be involved in this exciting and innovative project which also aims to enhance collaboration, strengthen links and promote research across the four London Trauma Networks for the benefit of all trauma patients in the London area and beyond.  

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