Dorothy Wade is principal health psychologist working with patients, families and staff in the critical care department at University College Hospital, London, and honorary associate professor in the department of behavioural science and health, University College London. She represents psychology in the Intensive Care Society, UK; the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine and the Thrive peer support collaborative of the, and has worked with NICE on the role of psychology in rehabilitation after critical illness.
She writes and speaks about the psychological impact and outcomes of critical care, with emphasis on acute stress, hallucinations and delusions and post-traumatic stress disorder. Her research includes development of a psychological assessment tool for patients in critical care (IPAT); and developing and evaluating psychological interventions to reduce long-term morbidity. She was lead clinical investigator of the POPPI study, a multi-site cluster-RCT funded by the National Institute of Health Research Health services and delivery research programme, to evaluate nurse-led provision of psychological support for critical care patients. Her main current research interest is developing a deeper psychological understanding of ICU delirium and psychologist-led interventions for delirious patients in ICU