Event 6

Monday 6th November 2023 | 10.30 am

Event 6 | Jim Down | Life in the Balance


Jim Down –  Life in the Balance – A Doctor’s Stories of Intensive Care

Life in the Balance offers a glimpse into the immense challenges and rewards of intensive care medicine, the effects on doctors’ mental health and the fragility of life. In these stories, Dr Jim Down brings us to the very heart of the intensive care unit. Down describes with equal honesty, humility and humour, the quietly heroic work of doctors and nurses on the ICU, a place which sits at the cutting edge of medical technology and where split-second decisions can make the difference between life and death.

An illustrated talk

Introduced by Ros Huxley

When: Monday 6th November 2022 @ 10.30 am
Where: The Bull Ballroom
Sponsored by: Francesca Radcliffe


Dr Jim Down is a consultant in critical care and anaesthesia at University College London Hospitals. He chairs the ICU consultants’ group, the department of anaesthesia weekly scientific meetings, and the UCLH Trust guideline committee. During the Covid-19 pandemic he worked on UCLH’s busy ICU ward, and was interviewed by the BBC for a groundbreaking report depicting medics on the frontline. His account of that period, Life Support, was published in 2021.

After a long career in arts management and marketing, Ros Huxley joined Cancer Research UK as the regional legacy manager and spent ten years fundraising across the south-west. Ros was an enthusiastic reader for the Bridport Prize for ten years and has been previously awarded the title of Dorset Woman of the Year for her work organising Blah di Blah, Dorset’s festival of words and voices.   In 2021, she graduated with distinction from Exeter University’s MA in Creative Writing and took early retirement to concentrate on writing her novel which is set in a retirement complex in a coastal town very close to Bridport.



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