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Professor Bricknell served 34 years in the UK Defence Medical Services, culminating his service as the last Surgeon General. He undertook operational tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Balkans with multiple additional overseas assignments. He commanded 22 Field Hospital in 1999-2002. In 2010 and 2006, he held senior Medical Adviser appointments in the NATO ISAF mission. He has trained as a general practitioner and is an accredited specialist in both Public Health and Occupational Medicine. He holds two doctorates and three masters degrees. He has published over 100 academic papers across military medical subjects. He is especially interested in how organisations learn, care pathways in military healthcare, and the political economy of health in conflict. He was awarded the Companion of the Order of Bath, the Order of St John and the US Bronze Star during his military service. He took up his current appointment in April 2019.


  • Healthcare
  • Public Health
  • Conflict and Security
  • International affairs and development

Subject areas

  • Political economy of military health systems in crisis environments
  • Organisational and clinical learning from caring for casualties from contemporary conflict(s)
  • Caring for military patients through their life course
  • Building military clinical sciences research capacity and capability