Turner, NM

Nigel Turner

Name:  N.M. (Nigel) Turner, MB ChB, PhD, MMEd, FRCA, EDICM
Function: Consultant Paediatric Cardiac Anaesthesiologist
Department: Anesthesiology
Division: Division of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine
E-mail address: N.M.Turner@umcutrecht.nl
Phone number: +31 (0) 88 75 59677
Fax number: +31 (0) 30 254 1828
Visiting address: UMC Utrecht
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3584 CX Utrecht
The Netherlands
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The Netherlands

Nigel Turner was born at the end of the 1950’s in southeast England. Although you wouldn’t know the former to look at him, you would know the latter to hear him speak Dutch. He attended Brentwood School, which gave him a wide general knowledge-base and a love of things intellectual (and a life-long aversion to sport and hierarchical nonsense). He studied at Leeds University which gave him a wide knowledge of medicine (now out-dated and long forgotten) and an interest in Anaesthesiology. After completing basic training in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine in Sheffield, in the department of Professor Walter Nimmo, and working for a short while in Accident and Emergency Medicine, he worked as fellow in the Surgical and Thoracic Intensive Care Units and in Cardiac Anaesthesia at the University Hospital Groningen in Netherlands (heads of department: Dr Dinis Reis-Miranda and Professor Pim Hennis) where he fell in love with the country and some of its inhabitants. He returned to the UK to complete Senior Registrar training in Birmingham under the supervision of Professor Peter Hutton.

After having worked in 24 different hospitals since graduation he settled in Utrecht in 1994 and still regularly admits that the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital is the best! He is currently primarily involved in paediatric cardiac anaesthesia and intensive care.

In 1996 he was one of the founders of the Dutch Foundation for the Emergency Medical Care of Children (Stichting SHK) and was closely involved in the introduction of the Advanced Paediatric Life Support and similar courses into the Netherlands. This generated a deep interest in Medical Education leading amongst other things to this thesis, under the supervision of Professor Olle ten Cate, and doing a Master’s degree in Medical Education at the University of Dundee (head of department: Professor Margery Davis).

He is particularly interested in the educational aspects of emergency medicine and is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Dutch Resuscitation Council, the International Paediatric Working Group of the Advanced Life Support Group, the educational committee of the Dutch Society for Simulation in Healthcare and several other similar national and international ad hoc committees. He has contributed to several textbooks on emergency medicine, including two internationally acclaimed standard works. Outside emergency medicine he has acted as educational advisor to several educational projects, most notably the WOKK-course on the recognition and management of child abuse for paediatricians.

Besides curriculum and faculty development in continuous medical education his current research interest is the learning environment of Life-Support and similar training-courses for doctors.

Since 2001 he has been actively involved in the Federation of European Associations of Paediatric Anaesthesia, initially as Dutch representative and more latterly as a member of the executive committee, and hopes to be equally supportive to the forthcoming European Society of Paediatric Anaesthesia.

He lives with wife Sibylle and daughter Linda in the centre of Amsterdam, where he is also intermittently assistant teacher of English at the Kleine Reus Primary School.
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