Professor Paul Hughes

Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Paul Hughes is a consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine at Mid-Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He holds an honorary post with the North West Ambulance Service Medical Emergency Response Incident Team. After a career in the Royal Air Force he has held consultant posts in Leeds, North Wales and Cheshire. He has extensive experience in leadership and medical management having held a variety of medical management posts including Assistant Medical Director in Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board, Medical Director of the Welsh Ambulance Service and latterly Medical Director of Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Trust.

His interests include leadership, quality improvement, team training and organisational politics.




Dr Hughes is a clinical supervisor in his current post and an active teacher with a particular interest in resuscitation and airway skills to doctors and other clinical groups. He has held an Honorary Senior Lecturer Position in the Academic Department of Anaesthesia at the University of Leeds and was involved in research and the teaching of undergraduate medical and dental students and postgraduate anaesthetists. He contributed to the development of the MMedSci in Anaesthesia course.


His recent research activity has focussed on team working and political behaviour in healthcare. He was a principal investigator for the OSCAR Trial (Oscillation in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome) 2007-2011.

Earlier research work included exploring the use of ultrasound in critical care and the effects of altitude on coagulation.

Published work

Peebles E, Subbe C, Hughes P, Gemmell L. ‘Timing and teamwork-an observational pilot study of patients referred to a Rapid Response Team with the aim of identifying factors amenable to re-design of a Rapid Response System’. Resuscitation 2011; 83: 782-7.

Hughes P. ‘Intensive Care Medicine in the Armed Forces’. JICS 2001; 2: 51.

Hughes P. ‘Intensive Care Training in the Armed Forces’. In:  Wright J C, Fletcher SJ, eds. Trainee Division of the Intensive Care Society Handbook 2001. London: Intensive Care Society, 2001; 27-31.

Hughes P, Scott C, Bodenham A ‘Ultrasonography of the Femoral Vessels in the Groin: Implications for Vascular Access’. Anaesthesia 2000; 55: 1198-202.

Hughes P, et al. ‘Obstetric Anaesthesia for Asian Patients’. International Journal of Obstetric Anaesthesia 1997; 6: 207-208.