Professional background

Dr Ben Parsons trained in medicine at Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine where he also completed an undergraduate degree in neuroscience. He trained in anaesthesia in the London Academy of Anaesthesia before joining UCLH as a consultant in 2017.

His sub-specialty clinical interests include obstetric, paediatric and developing world anaesthesia. During his training, he completed advanced training placements in obstetric anaesthesia at UCH, paediatric anaesthesia at King’s College Hospital, and a 6-month Fellowship with the Lifebox Foundation in Ethiopia to help improve surgical and anaesthetic safety. Ben is currently the chair of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee for UCLH.

Research interests

Obstetric anaesthesia, Developing world anaesthesia


Forrester JA, Parsons BD, Koritsanszky L, Thomas G, Weiser T. ‘Development of a Surgical Infection Surveillance Program at a Tertiary Hospital in Ethiopia: Lessons Learned from Two Surveillance Strategies’ Surgical Infections, 14 Nov 2017, 19(1):25-32

Parsons B, Saha S. AAGBI Antisepsis guidelines – time to rethink the rapid sequence spinal?  Anaesthesia 2015;70:366

J. Forrester, B. Parsons, M. Hailu, L. Koritsanszki, D. Amenu, T. Weiser. Surgical Site Infections: Assessing Instrument Decontamination and Sterilization Processes at a Tertiary Hospital in Ethiopia.

Parsons B, West R, Mawby J, Yau R. Novel mobility assessment tool for use in enhanced recovery for caesarean sections. Int J Obstet Anesth 2015;24/S1, S15

Parsons B, Yau R. Enhanced Recovery in elective caesarean sections: a reduced length of stay and cost savings. Int J Obstet Anesth 2015;24/S1, S18