Sheila Willatts came to Bristol in 1978. She was appointed as consultant neurosurgical anaesthetist at Frenchay Hospital. Her interest in intensive care led to moving to Bristol Royal Infirmary in 1985 as consultant in charge of the adult general ICU.
After that time, at national level, intensive care developed as a specialty in its own right with a formal training scheme and Diploma. These changes have facilitated management of the recent influx of patients due to COVID-19.
Early in her time as a consultant she was interested in Medico-Legal issues and became an expert witness, later being involved with the GMC Fitness to Practice panels (subsequently Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service).
It was a natural progression to join the BMLS which combines both interests.