Nurses and anaesthetists
It isn't showy, it isn't loud, it is simply done. Anaesthetists are the unsung heroes of the NHS and are the backbone to many services.
"Anaesthetists are a quiet presence. Often seen sitting reading or drinking vats of coffee. You may wonder at times this looks like a great job! What do they really do other than ask people to count backwards from ten? But don't be fooled. There is little more terrifying than a blocked airway - when that moment is realised and you know you need help, that quiet presence arrives and fixes it.
"It isn't showy, it isn't loud, it is simply done. Anaesthetists are the unsung heroes of the NHS and are the backbone to many services. Yes, they sometimes don the helicopter jumpsuit and whizz about providing pre-hospital critical care in UK air ambulances. But in a less flashy guise they work across many departments in a hospital managing clinics such as perioperative medicine and pain clinics. So give them a smile and a wave next time you see them."
Anna Crossley, Professional Lead for Acute and Emergency Care, Royal College of Nursing