Biography of Dr Peter Venn MBBS FRCA

Peter Venn Peter Venn (Consultant)













Dr Peter Venn upon receiving the Royal College of Anaestheists Medal for contributions to Anaesthesia at The Methodist Central Hall Westminster - May 2018 


Dr Peter Venn was a Consultant in sleep medicine and formally anaesthesia at the Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, East Grinstead, West Sussex from 1991 - 2021. He qualified from The Middlesex Hospital Medical School in 1979 and, after training as an SHO and registrar in London, was a lecturer in neuro-anaesthesia at the National Hospital, Queen Square during 1995-1996, developing an interest in obstructive sleep apnoea, and its treatment with nasal CPAP. He was a senior registrar in the Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics under the direction of Professor Sir Keith Sykes at the Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics in Oxford between 1987 and 1991. He was apppoionted consultant in 1991.


He is past Head of the South East School of Anaesthesia, past Regional Adviser to the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) for South Thames (East), past Chairman of the South Thames Specialty Training Committee, and an examiner for the Primary Diploma of Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists from 1997-2008. He was an elected member of Council of the RCoA from 2008-15, past Editor of the Bulletin of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, past Chairman of the Communications Committee, Professional Standards Committee and  Quality Management of Service Committee for the Royal College.

He was Vice President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists 2014-15.


He was founder of the Sleep Disorder Centre in East Grinstead in 1992,  one of the largest centres in sleep medicine in the UK at the time of his leaving. He was a member of the organising committee and past Membership Secretary of the British Sleep Society 2005-8 and 2015-19. He has published on sleep disorders and anaesthesia in journals, books and on the internet. He has lectured at home and abroad in both sleep disorders and anaesthesia.


Clinical interests include the criteria for the treatment of patients with sleep disordered breathing using mandibular advancement splints and, more recently, with bimaxillary and saggital split osteotomy. Special areas of interest include the diagnosis and treatment of insomnia and treatments of obstructive sleep apnoea other than with CPAP, and patients with other causes of excessive daytime sleepiness


Current interests in anaesthesia and medicine include the development of an accreditation programme for departments of anaesthesia in the UK, and methods of improving healthcare. He was on the Quality Initiatives Development Working Group for the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and was a compliance inspector for the Care Quality Commission.


He continues to lecture extensively on sleep medicine to professional and patient groups nationally and internationally, and is active in inniovation and research in the field.


Non-professional interests include: Classical music and the Church organ ( a member of the Guild of Church Musicians), cricket (a member of Surrey County Cricket Club and the MCC), horology (a member of the British Horological Institute), the history of science, physics and railways, the preservation of steam locomotives and traction engines, model engineering, classic cars, commercial vehicles and gardening.