Professor Julian Bion


Professor Of Intensive Care Medicine

Medical Science and Education


Contact details

University Department of Anaesthesia & Critical Care
School of Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Office 1, Ground Floor East, old Queen Elizabeth Hospital
B15 2TH, UK


  • 1st year: Basic Life Support training programme for all health care students (MBChB, GEC, Physiotherapy, Dentistry)
  • 4th year: Critical Care component of the ARICM module
  • 5th year: Immediate Life Support course coordinator


Health Services Research

Research Activity

  • As President of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (2004-2006) I was instrumental in establishing the European Critical Care Research Network, through the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine.
  • I initiated and lead a world-wide European Community Leonardo Programme-funded international competency-based training programme for intensive care in Europe (CoBaTrICE). Completed successfully in October 2006, we are now implementing this programme worldwide, and will be developing a social sciences research programme to evaluate its impact on medical education and patient care. The programe can be viewed at .
  • I am a member of the WHO's sepsis group within the Integrated Management of Acute Illness programme, developing best practice guidance for resource-limited environments.
  • I was a member of the Executive Committee of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (2003-9) developing best practice guidance in the management of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock.
  • I am one the lead investigators in a collaborative group studying the genetics of sepsis (GenOSept) which has been awarded a grant of Eur 2.1M by the FP6 programme (2004-8)
  • I am the senior clinical lead for the DoH-funded NPSA's ‘Matching Michigan' project to minimise blood stream infections linked to the use of central vennous catheters.
  • I am collaborating in a range of clinical projects focussed on improving the management of patients with sepsis, and acutely ill patients in general, to enhance reliable delivery of best practice care.

Other activities

  • University Hospital Birmingham NHSFT Co-Director of R&D (non-cancer)
  • Birmingham Clinical Research Academy Deputy Director
  • Birmingham & Black Country UK-CLRN Speciality Group lead for Critical Care
  • Royal College of Anaesthetists Council member and Chair, Professional Standards Committee
  • Foundation Dean of the UK Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine


Perkins GD. Hulme J. Bion JF. 'Peer-led resuscitation training for healthcare students: A randomised controlled study'. Intensive Care Medicine 2002; Vol 28(6): 698-700.

Bion JF, Heffner J. 'Improving Hospital Safety For Acutely Ill Patients'. A Lancet Quintet. I: Current Challenges In The Care Of The Acutely Ill Patient. Lancet 2004; 363: 970-7.

Lemaire F, Bion J, Blanco J et al. 'The European Union Directive on Clinical Research: present status of implementation in EU member states’ legislation with regard to the incompetent patient'. Intensive Care Medicine 2005; 31: 476-9.

Curtis RJ, Cook DJ, Wall RJ, Angus DC, Bion J et al. 'Intensive care unit quality improvement: a ‘how-to’ guide for the interdisciplinary team'. Critical Care Medicine 2006; 34: 211-8.

The CoBaTrICE Collaboration. 'Consensus Development of an International Competency-Based Training Programme in Intensive Care Medicine'. Intensive Care Medicine 2006; 32: 1371-83.

Liddell K, Kompanje EJO, Lemaire F, Vrhovac B, Menon DK, Bion J,et al. 'Recommendations in relation to the EU Clinical Trials Directive and Medical Research Involving Incapacitated Adults'. A working group report of the Vienna Initiative to Save European Academic Research. Wien Klin Wochenschr 2006; 118: 183-91.

Boles JM, Bion J, Connors A, Herridge M, Marsh B, Melot C, Pearl R, Silverman H, Stanchina M, Vieillard-Baron A, Welte T. 'Weaning from mechanical ventilation. Statement of the Sixth International Consensus Conference in Intensive Care Medicine'. European Respiratory Journal 2007; 29: 1033–1056.

The CoBaTrICE Collaboration. 'The views of patients and relatives of what makes a good intensivist:a European survey'. Intensive Care Medicine 2007; 33: 1913-1920. DOI 10.1007/s00134-007-0799-4

Dellinger RP, Levy MM, Carlet JM, Bion J, Parker MM, Jaeschke R et al. 'Surviving Sepsis Campaign: International guidelines for management of severe sepsis and septic shock': 2008. Special Article. Critical Care Medicine 2008; 36(1): 296-327.

Jaeschke R, Guyatt GH, Dellinger P, Schünemann H, Levy MM, Kunz R, Norris S, Bion J. 'Use of GRADE grid to reach decisions on clinical practice guidelines when consensus is elusive'. BMJ 2008; 337: 327-337.

The CoBaTrICE collaboration. 'The Educational Environment for Competency-Based Training in Intensive Care Medicine: structures, processes, outcomes and challenges for trainers and trainees in the European Region'. Intensive Care Medicine 2009 (published online July 2009; lead author) DOI: 10.1007/s00134-009-1514-4

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