Prof. Nolan is Vice-Chairman of the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) and Editor-in-Chief of the ERC’s official journal Resuscitation. He is Chairman of the UK National Cardiac Arrest Audit Steering Group, the immediate past Co-chairman of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) and co-editor for the 2015 International Consensus on CPR Science with Treatment Recommendations. He is an elected member of Council of the Royal College of Anaesthetists.
Prof. Nolan trained at Bristol Medical School and undertook anaesthesia and critical care training in the UK in Plymouth, Bristol, Bath and Southampton, and at the Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore in the United States.
1. What are your key areas of interest and research?
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and post-resuscitation care.
2. What are the major challenges in your field?
The main challenge is overcoming the ethical issues and practical difficulties of undertaking high-quality research in cardiac arrest. All components of the chain of survival have to be optimised if survival rates are to be improved. The implementation of new research findings and new guidelines often involves retraining the public as well as healthcare professionals.
3. What is your top management tip?
Honesty, communicating clearly and leading by example.
4. What would you single out as a career highlight?
Being made an International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) Honoree in 2015.
5. If you had not chosen this career path you would have become a…?
An F1 Driver… perhaps being a doctor was more realistic.
6. What are your personal interests outside of work?
7. Your favourite quote?
Just do it.