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A day in the life of Dr Barry Phillips - Resident Consultant Intensivist

Can you describe your typical day?

I work as part of the resident intensivist team providing 24/7 cover for our patients. I start the day early with a hand-over from the previously on-duty resident intensivist. Based on this, I am then able to work with the inpatient nurses to identify and support any patients who might need a little extra care during the day. I also have similar meetings with the wider clinical team,  including a safety brief so if anything critical happens we all know our specific roles and responsibilities.

I then work closely with the pre-assessment lead reviewing medical notes so we can identify whether patients are suitable for surgery.

Finally, as our patients are moved from recovery to wards, I help;  stabilise any diabetics, help with analgesia and prepare prescriptions if required.

Overnight I am on call if the nurses or patients need assistance.

What's the best part of your day?

Interacting with everybody. That’s the thing about the intensivist role, by the very nature of the job I get to know and talk to everybody. Whether it’s the theatre team, nurses or even senior leadership – my day is filled with constant communication… it’s nice!

What's the most challenging part of your day?

It’s a double edged sword. Because I am so connected to every aspect of the hospital my phone can go crazy, which is frustrating at times. Juggling expectations and priorities can be tough!

How did you get into the industry?

The reason I got into the intensivist area was because I never wanted to feel scared of looking after very sick patients. I never wanted to feel out of my depth and critical care teaches you how to look after all patients including the most vulnerable.

What's different about working at a specialised hospital such as Schoen Clinic London?

Firstly, it’s just the right size. Small enough to know everybody and feel family orientated but big enough to be a proper hospital. When I joined, Schoen Clinic London was a start-up  and we’ve all grown up together on this journey – I feel happy that I am, able to support my colleagues (friends) in both a clinical and emotional way.

Secondly, I really believe that when you specialise you can be the best in the country, even the world, at what you do.. and that’s a pretty great feeling!