Dr Claire Shannon



Term of office on Council

March 2018–2024


Guys andSt Thomas' Hospital NHS Trust, London

Register of interests

  • None declared.


I have been a consultant anaesthetist at Guys and St Thomas Trust with special interest in paediatric anaesthesia and ENT since 1997.I was clinical lead for paediatrics and have been involved in postgraduate education throughout the whole of my consultant career as College Tutor, TPD, RA and Lead RA, FRCA examiner  and now within HEE in London as Head of Speciality School, striving to improve wellbeing and the ARCP processes within the constraints of complex regulatory systems. My recent focus is developing innovative leadership training programme to equip future consultants with the skills and language to be leaders.

The NHS is damaged, and the workforce battered and bruised. Recruitment is in crisis in some areas of the country. Consultants and trainees, are under pressure to deliver service in increasingly complex situations and feel undervalued and demoralised. We need to understand the reasons behind the problems, and work with others to develop and protect our workforce and patients. We also need to address work-life balance and to provide opportunities for career development. The College is the champion of this and I welcome a chance to represent clinical anaesthetists on Council and strive to make things better for all of us.

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