What makes a great Anaesthetist or Intensivist? They're a doctor who can combine an immensely detailed technical and scientific knowledge with excellent dexterity, practical skill and real leadership.
Developing this impressive balance of clinical understanding and hands-on skill doesn't happen overnight, it takes years and requires great mentors and brilliant training.
Just keeping this array of competencies and skills up-to-date can be a real challenge in the pressurised environment of the NHS.
High workloads and staff shortages are making it harder for both Anaesthetists and Intensivists to step away from the bedside, or leave the theatre, and access the high quality training they need.