Dr Helen Butterfield

About Helen Butterfield

Dr Butterfield qualified in medicine from Liverpool University in 1993. Following general medical training she moved into anaesthesia training within the Mersey Deanery. She completed an overseas Fellowship programme in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at The Royal Perth Hospital in Australia from 2000 to 2001. She has been employed as a full time Consultant Anaesthetist at The Walton Centre since 2004. In 2017, she completed a Masters of Health and Medical Law at Manchester University’s Department of Law. 

Dr Butterfield’s areas of expertise include anaesthesia for spinal surgery and scoliosis surgery. Her special interests include perioperative medicine, transfusion medicine and consent for anaesthesia and surgery along with moral and ethical issues that impinge upon patient care. 

Dr Butterfield has a special interest in communication skills and end of life care. She has been involved in communication skills training and simulation workshops at the Trust’s Simulation Centre.  



Critical Care 


MB ChB, FRCA, FFICM, LLM (Health Care Ethics and Law  

Clinical/research interests

Neuroanaesthesia - anaesthesia for spinal surgery and scoliosis surgery 


Neurocritical care 

Perioperative medicine 

Transfusion medicine  

Consent for anaesthesia and surgery along  

Moral and ethical issues that impinge upon patient care 

Clinical Lead for Organ Donation  

Membership of professional regional and national bodies

Neuroanaesthesia and Critical Care Society 

Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland 

Royal College of Anaesthetists 

Intensive Care Society 

Related Services

Critical Care - Horsley Ward

The Horsley Intensive Care Unit consists of 20 beds

Neuroanaesthesia and Critical Care

The Department of Neuroanaesthesia and Critical Care consists of specialist doctors in the field of neuro-anaesthesia and intensive care medicine. Approximately half of the consultants also work on the Critical Care Unit at The Walton Centre.

Page last updated: 15 July 2021