Rachael is a consultant anaesthetist at Bristol Royal Infirmary specialising in anaesthesia for maxillofacial and thoracic surgery. For the past decade she has also worked as a volunteer with Médecins Sans Frontières and is also the anaesthesia lead for the UK International Emergency Trauma Register.
Through this volunteer work she has gained extensive experience working in and setting up field hospitals, in post disaster and conflict situations, ranging from the Asian Tsunami to the Haiti earthquake and from the machetes of Congolese militias to the high explosives of the 2014 bombardment of Gaza.
In addition to her overseas work Rachael is heavily involved in medical education: she is the course director for the Anaesthesia in Austere Environments course, Anaesthesia lead for the Surgery in Austere Environments course, faculty for the Oxford-Uganda developing world anaesthesia course, a contributing author to the ABC of Emergency Medicine in Austere Environments, the Oxford Handbook of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine and the Association of Anaesthetists eSafe dvd and content editor for the Royal College of Anaesthetists eLearning Anaesthesia developing world module.
In 2014 she was awarded the Pask Certificate of Honour by the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for distinguished service to anaesthesia during conflict overseas.
The Pask Award was instituted in 1977 after the Moorgate Underground disaster. The award is made by Council. The certificates may be presented on any suitable occasion. The award was instituted to enable Council to honour those who have rendered distinguished service, either with gallantry in the performance of their clinical duties, in a single meritorious act or consistently and faithfully over a long period.
The award was named after Professor E A Pask. Pask had a distinguished career in the Royal Air Force Medical Branch as an experimental physiologist in the Second World War. This included dangerous self experimentation requiring considerable personal courage.