Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine

Dr Graham Nimmo

Programme Director

Dr Graham R. Nimmo (BSc, MBChB, MD (Edin), EdD (Stir), FRCP (Edin), FFARCSI, FFICM)

Professional Development Lead

  • MSc in Critical Care
  • Deanery of Clinical Sciences
  • College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Contact details



49 Little France Crescent

Post Code
EH16 4SB


He is extensively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate, multi-professional clinical education. He was an author of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) curriculum for doctors training in Intensive Care, and lead for the development and production of the FICM curriculum for training Advanced Critical Care Practitioners (ACCP). He edits the Lothian Adult Medical Emergencies Handbook. He is a Past President of the Scottish Intensive Care Society and a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine.

He has experience in the development and delivery of online learning as course lead for Acute Medicine and Clinical Decision Making, MSc Internal Medicine 2013 to 2019 and as Deputy Programme Director, MSc Internal Medicine 2016-2018. During this time, he developed and led the Improving Diagnosis, Palliative Care and Pain Management, and Intensive Care courses in this programme.

He is lead for Critical Care for the Edinburgh Surgical Sciences online programmes including the MSc course, and the critical care component of the ChM Trauma and Orthopaedics.

Research overview

He was awarded an MD from the University of Edinburgh in 1996, Cardiorespiratory and Metabolic Changes in Shock and Critical Illness.

More recently Graham was awarded a Doctorate of Education from the University of Stirling in 2014, the title of his thesis “Materialities of clinical handover in intensive care: challenges of enactment and education”. 

Other research interests

  • Clinical decision making and improving diagnosis 
  • Clinical handover
  • Human factors in Critical Care

The aim of my teaching and educational endeavours is to improve clinical care by enabling health care providers to apply knowledge and skills in an integrated approach to patients, by minimising adverse events and improving clinical human factors and critical clinical decision making. I am developing a research approach based on qualitative methods to examine how our educational interventions actually impact on patient outcomes, clinical and humane.


Martin Hughes

Pat Croskerry


Citations for teaching excellence, University of Edinburgh 2001 & 2002

NHS Lothian Mentor of the Year jointly with Jane McNulty 2014

Acute Care Advanced Practice Annual award for contribution to Advanced Practice in Scotland 2017

Edinburgh Surgical Sciences Masters Programmes Tutor of the Year 2019


Croskerry P, Nimmo G. Better clinical decision making and reducing diagnostic error. J R Coll Physicians Edinb 2011:41:155-162.


Hughes M, Nimmo G. Models of Clinical Reasoning in ABC of Clinical Reasoning 2016 Ed Cooper N, frain J  BMJ pp. 17-21.

Nimmo GR, Shippey B. Clinical skills in intensive care. Chapter 13 Oxford Textbook of Critical Care

Eds Webb A, Angus D, Finfer S, Gattinoni L, Singer M. 2016.


Shippey B, Nimmo GR. Simulation in intensive care. Chapter 14Oxford Textbook of Critical Care Eds Webb A, Angus D, Finfer S, Gattinoni L, Singer M. 2016

DOI: 10.1093/med/9780199600830.003.0014