- Consultant in Acute, Respiratory and Intensive Care Medicine, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Wales
- Actively involved in research focused on the identification of critically ill patients on general wards
- Fellowship project aims to develop patient-created health records to improve safety in hospitals
- 2016 Improvement Science Fellow
Christian Subbe is a graduate of the University of Cologne, Germany, where he studied respiratory pathophysiology to become a doctor of medicine by thesis in 1994. After working in the UK and Germany and volunteering for Médecins sans Frontières in Angola, he joined Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in 2006 as a Consultant in Acute, Respiratory and Intensive Care Medicine. In 2009, he also became an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the School of Medical Sciences at Bangor University.
Christian is actively involved in research on the identification and safety of critically ill patients on general wards. ‘The development that I am most proud of is bringing clinicians and researchers together in a number of sustained national and international collaborations’.
Most recently, his research group has developed a visual toolkit to identify patients at risk and a set of crisis checklists for health care team interactions, as well as developing feedback systems for acute medical units and rapid response systems.
During his Improvement Science Fellowship, Christian will work on a project to develop patient-created health records to improve safety in hospitals. He will investigate whether allowing hospital patients to contribute to their paper or electronic records could help with the recognition and reporting of safety issues:
‘Allowing patients to verify and contribute to their own records will be a dramatic step change in information management and accountability of health care staff. It could empower patients while making health care professionals more aware of risks, changing their behaviour and leading to safer care for patients’.