Dr Paul Clyburn recently retired as a consultant anaesthetist. During his career at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, Paul had various management and leadership roles including clinical director of anaesthesia and theatre services, and for many years was surgical division lead for quality and safety. Paul has a long-standing interest in education and training: he held positions as college tutor, deputy regional adviser and was a Royal College examiner for the primary and final FRCA examination for 12 years. He was elected to the council and board of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland in 2008, served as honorary treasurer between 2011-14 and was its president between 2016-18. In his past president year, he chaired the Association’s Heritage Committee.
He was an editor of the journal Anaesthesia for 12 years and edited several obstetric anaesthesia textbooks, including the popular Oxford Handbook of Obstetric Anaesthesia, and Obstetric Anaesthesia for Developing Countries. The latter was adopted as the manual for the SAFE Obstetric Anaesthesia course, which has helped train anaesthesia providers in over 30 low and middle income countries worldwide.
In retirement, Paul is enjoying walking his dogs, long cycle rides, listening and playing music, reading fiction and indulging his lifelong passion for history.