Meet the team

Graham Brant

Network Manager and Lead Nurse

Graham has worked in Nursing and Intensive Care for many years, he has a vast amount of experience within Critical Care and was a Matron at the Bristol Royal Infirmary Cardiac Unit before taking the role of Lead Nurse and Manager of the South West Critical Care Network.

Denise Axelsen

Network Quality Improvement and AHP Lead

Denise qualified as a physiotherapist at the University of the West of England in 2010, and spent clinical time working for North Bristol Trust within the fields of intensive care, neurosurgery and Major Trauma. Denise holds an additional post as the Allied Health Professional Lead for the Severn Major Trauma Operational Delivery Network which complements this role for the South West Critical Care ODN. Denise works as the networks QI and AHP Lead and would welcome hearing from any of our region's members in relation to QI or AHP initiatives, as she is keen to unite the region, driving forward quality patient care and streamlining services.

Sarah Miller

Network Administrator

Sarah has worked in several different industries since school, including pensions/insurance, then as a corporate representative for CompuServe which were the first company that provided internet connectivity to the UK (showing her age there), Sarah has worked up to Customer Service Manager for an internet communities company and more recently in catering, organising events from wedding receptions to christenings. Sarah has also taken on several voluntary roles in our community. Sarah has wanted to work for the NHS so could feel she was helping to make a difference in peoples lives. Sarah is now working as the administrator for the Network and enjoying her role in bringing professionals from across the region together to help develop Critical Care.

Andy Georgiou

Network Clinical Director

Dr Georgiou is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine in the Royal United Hospital in Bath, and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol. He trained in the South-West of the UK and in Australia where he worked on the Sydney Air Ambulance. In his role as Clinical Director, he represents the critical care units across the South-West regionally and nationally through his roles in the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine and in NHS England's Clinical Reference Group .

David Cain

Network Deputy Director and Peninsula Sub-Region Lead

David Cain is a critical care and anaesthesia consultant at Royal Cornwall Hospital, and is a duty consultant for The Retrieve Transfer service. He is the Peninsula sub-region lead for The South West Critical Care Network and chairs the SWCNN Transfer Committee. His interests include sepsis, perioperative medicine and echocardiography.

Martin Schuster-Bruce

Dorset Sub-Region Network Lead

Martin undertook his specialist and advanced training in Critical Care in the South West and London. He then took a Consultant post in Bournemouth and Poole in 2001. He was the Clinical Lead for the Bournemouth critical care unit for 7 years and Clinical Director for Anaesthesia, Theatres and Critical Care for 4 years. He is President of the Wessex Intensive Care Society.

He took on the subregional leadership role in 2000 during the pandemic. He has enjoyed rekindling his links with previous colleagues in the South West. He represents the Poole, Bournemouth, Salisbury and Dorchester critical care services. These hospitals sit within NHS SW but their clinical activity flows into Wessex. He provides a formal link between NHS SW, SWCCN and the Wessex & Thames Valley CCN.


Elaine Morley

Network Critical Care Non-medical Workforce Fellow

Elaine is originally from Lancashire and trained within South Manchester qualifying in 1989. Elaine worked clinically around Manchester Acute Medicine, Intensive care and Education. Elaine relocated to Cornwall 1998 and gained a position in Intensive Care. Over the subsequent years she worked collaboratively with Plymouth University and had dual roles as a Lecturer  Practitioner. 
From 2017 she was successful in gaining an Operational/Educational 80/20 split Band 7 on Critical care at RCHT. Covid happened and currently her role is an integrated approach to support training, skills and assessment.  This is  a dual contract with the Community Trust and the Acute Trust as Educational Lead for Critical care and Lead Clinical facilitator for complex skills in the community. This supports both Trusts in Cornwall and facilitates and supports clinical staff to manage the patients in their clinical setting.