In the United Kingdom each year 60,000 people suffer a sudden cardiac arrest outside hospital. Approximately half of these (30,000 people) receive a resuscitation attempt from the ambulance service, however the recovery rate remains disappointingly low with only 9% surviving to leave hospital.
Professor Jonathan Benger is the Chief Medical Officer of NHS Digital. Between May 2013 and July 2019 Jonathan was the National Clinical Director for Urgent Care at NHS England, and led reform of the ambulance services and wider emergency care system, including implementation of the NHS England review of Urgent and Emergency Care, the development of the NHS Long Term Plan and the Emergency Care Data Set. Before 2013 Jonathan chaired the Clinical Effectiveness Committee of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and served on the College’s Council and Executive.
In his clinical work, Jonathan is a NHS Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Pre-Hospital Care. He does regular clinical work at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and with the Great Western Air Ambulance, which he established as its first Medical Advisor between 2007 and 2011.
Jonathan is also Professor of Emergency Care in the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences at the University of the West of England, and a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator. His main research interests relate to emergency and pre-hospital care, service organization and delivery, workforce and design research. Jonathan has been the lead applicant on 18 successful research grant applications, with a total value of £4 million, and co-applicant on 34 other successful grant applications, with a total value of £15 million. He has more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and has experience of commissioning and implementing national and international research.