Colonel James Ralph

Colonel James Ralph
Co-opted member of Council representing Defence



Term of office on Council

November 2022 to May 2024


Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham


I graduated from Bristol university in 1991 having already joined the Royal Army Medical Corp at university as a medical cadet.

Following house jobs and completing the Professionally Qualified Officers entry course, including a period at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, I undertook two years of general duties as a Regimental Medical Officer.

My anaesthetic training was undertaken between the Bristol and Wessex Schools of anaesthesia followed by a fellowship year in Vancouver before achieving my CCT in February 2003.

My clinical practice is based at Queen Elizabeth hospital Birmingham with a sub-specialty interest in neuro-anaesthesia.

I have deployed as an anaesthetist in support of UK armed forces in many locations over the last 20 years and held various command roles.

As defence consultant adviser I provide advice and guidance to the chain of command and support the interests of regular and reserve consultants and trainees.

Outside of work I am a keen bread baker, cyclist and triathlete.

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