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Deakin, Professor Charles



Anaesthesia and intensive care


Pre-hospital medicine

Training and education

  • Girton College, University of Cambridge, 1982 to 1985
  • King's College Hospital medical school, London, 1985 to 1988
  • House officer, King's College Hospital, London, 1988 to 1989
  • Senior house officer, Bristol, Hammersmith, St Bartholomew’s Hospital London, and London Chest Hospital, 1989 to 1991
  • Senior house officer and registrar in anaesthetics, St George’s Hospital London, 1991 to 1993
  • Helicopter Emergency Medical Service, London, 1993
  • Guy’s Hospital anaesthetic rotation, London, 1993 to 1994
  • Anaesthetic rotation, University Hospital Southampton, 1996 to 1999.


Fellow in cardiac anaesthesia, University Hospital Southampton, December 1994 to November 1996.


Prof Deakin took on the role of consultant in cardiac anaesthesia and intensive care at the Trust in October 1999. He is also honorary professor of resuscitation and pre-hospital emergency medicine at the University of Southampton, and has held this role since August 2012.

Prof Deakin's other roles include

  • Honorary chair, faculty of health and medical sciences, University of Surrey, since January 2012.
  • Assistant medical director, South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust, since June 2008.
  • Honorary civilian consultant adviser in pre-hospital emergency care to the British Army, since June 2002.
  • Clinical lead, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

Key achievements

  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (UK), 2004
  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, 1994
  • MD, Cambridge University, 1999
  • Fellowship of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine.

Awards and prizes

  • Fellow of the European Resuscitation Council, November 2010.
  • Visiting professor, faculty of health and medical science, University of Surrey, January 2012 to December 2014.
  • Honorary chair, professor of resuscitation and pre-hospital emergency medicine, University of Southampton, since August 2012.
  • Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, 2007. As chair of the Hampshire division of the British Association for Immediate Care, this was awarded for charitable work supporting South Central Ambulance Service at serious pre-hospital incidents, in “…recognition of the vital role played by … ‘unsung heroes’ of the voluntary and community world”. 
  • British Association for Immediate Care National Award, 2009. This was a personal award for services to pre-hospital care.
  • Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, 2002, awarded for voluntary medical work with Hampshire and London ambulance services, and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
  • Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012, for voluntary medical work with Hampshire and London ambulance services, and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. 


Prof Deakin's main research interests are in resuscitation, major trauma and pre-hospital care.

His publications to date include two books, 31 books chapters, and 114 peer reviewed papers. Prof Deakin has also generated a total grant income of £5,816,389.


Contact Prof Deakin via the anaesthesia department on 023 8120 6135.