Professor Jonathan Benger

National Clinical Director for Urgent Care, NHS England


Jonathan Benger is Professor of Emergency Care in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at the University of the West of England. He leads the Emergency and Critical Care Research Theme, and is Director of the Bristol Academic Department of Emergency Care. Jonathan’s main research interests relate to emergency and pre-hospital care, cardiac arrest, workforce and design research.

Jonathan is also a NHS Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Pre-Hospital Care, with a clinical practice in the Emergency Department of University Hospitals Bristol and South Western Ambulance Service. Jonathan does regular clinical work at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and with the Great Western Air Ambulance, which he helped to establish as its first Medical Advisor between 2007 and 2011.

In May 2013 Jonathan was appointed National Clinical Director for Urgent Care at NHS England. He is currently engaged in implementing the NHS England review of Urgent and Emergency Care led by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, including work with ambulance services, Emergency Departments and NHS 111.