Meet Brian McFetridge - Consultant Nurse in Critical Care


Meet Brian McFetridge - Consultant Nurse in Critical Care

Brian McFetridge is the Trust’s Nurse Consultant in Critical Care with responsibilities Trust wide. He has been working in the Trust since summer 2009. 


“I completed my Nurse training at the University of Ulster, Coleraine where I developed my interest in critical care following a placement at the Regional Intensive Care Unit.  I took up my first nursing post in a surgical ward in London and then moved to Belfast. While working within critical care at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast I completed a Post Grad Certificate in Specialist Practice and Post Grad Diploma in Nurse Education.


“Prior to coming to the Western Trust, I worked as a Lecturer in Nursing at the University of Ulster. This post involved teaching, clinical support and research activity. During my time at the University of Ulster, I had the opportunity to work on two projects in Saudi Arabia, firstly engaging in establishing a pre-registration nursing programme and secondly involved in the development and delivery of practice based training within a large critical care unit.  I really enjoyed this component of my university post and it provided me with very relevant experience for my current role.”Brian McFetridge, Consultant Nurse in Critical Care


Brian continues: “The main focus of my role is to support the development of safe, high quality and patient centred critical care delivery across the Trust. Critical Care not only includes the settings of ICU and HDU, but also other settings within the hospital where a patient may become critically ill or where they return to after a period of critical illness. The role of the Nurse Consultant in Critical Care has four key elements- education and training, professional leadership, clinical practice and research/practice development.


“Professionally I also support the Critical Care Outreach Service (CCOS) at the Altnagelvin site.  Across the ICU’s and CCOS I have the benefit of working within a fantastic multidisciplinary team. Every day at work is different but will always focus on developing ways of enhancing the safety and quality of care we provide to critically ill patients and their relatives.


“Working across sites in a geographically large Trust like our own is always going to be a challenge.  Within critical care there is a large nursing workforce.  With developments and improvements in practice, it is vital to have effective ways of sharing and disseminating information.  I think the real challenge is to embrace technology as a way to facilitate enhanced communication within the team.”