Following house jobs in Edinburgh, Mr Batchelor
undertook basic surgical training at Leeds General Infirmary. He
took time out from training to undertake a period of research in
smooth muscle cell physiology under the supervision of Professor
David Beech at the University of Leeds.
Specialty training in cardiothoracic surgery took
place in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Leeds. He gained his certificate of
specialist training in 2007 and was appointed to his present
position as a consultant in thoracic surgery at Bristol Royal
Infirmary shortly afterwards.
Since his appointment, Mr Batchelor has introduced
the PleurX drain service for pleural effusion management,
day-of-surgery admission for elective patients, day case thoracic
surgery and advanced minimally invasive techniques. The majority of
his surgery is now performed thoracoscopically. This includes VATS
lobectomy and trans-cervical thymectomy.
He has been the sub-specialty lead for thoracic
surgery at Bristol Royal Infirmary since 2008 and has now taken up
the position of lead doctor for theatres. He is on the ESTS Ad Hoc
Clinical Guidelines Committee.