Dr Helgi Johannsson



Term of office on Council

March 2018–2024


Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London


During my ten years as a consultant and six years as clinical director much has changed in our practice and in the NHS. Through coverage in the media anaesthesia is better understood by the public, and I think significant credit should go to the College for their engagement with patients, the public, and particularly their support for junior doctors in recent years. 

I have had a keen interest in training throughout my career, and remain an educational supervisor despite my clinical director role. When interviewing for core training posts I have been constantly impressed by the calibre of candidates we are recruiting into anaesthesia. I want to work on reducing the paperwork of training, but making it more streamlined, giving the trainee more time to pursue their subspecialty interests without having to prolong their time in training posts. We also need to make the FRCA exam more relevant to modern anaesthesia.

I am a good communicator, proactive, realistic, and fiercely proud of working in the NHS.  We should celebrate it rather than denigrate it, and defend the care we give. We should also be open to new ideas, but not allow our service to be starved of funds and capacity.

Register of Interests

None declared.