Introduction to National Trauma Research & Innovation Collaborative (NaTRIC)

Introduction to National Trauma Research & Innovation Collaborative (NaTRIC)

Dear Colleagues

We would like to introduce the National Trauma Research & Innovation Collaborative (NaTRIC). The aim of NaTRIC is to facilitate a multidisciplinary trauma research collaborative which improves the care of injured patients in the United Kingdom. We have been inspired by the success and positive contributions of other collaboratives and we believe that a truly multidisciplinary research collaborative in trauma could also make a great impact.

The NaTRIC inaugural meeting will take place in London on the morning of Wednesday 13th June 2018.

We invite interested trainees from any speciality, nurses and allied health professionals across the whole of the UK involved with trauma patients to attend.

One of the primary aims of this meeting is to agree upon the first national trauma study. If you have a suggestion for this, we would like to hear from you. If you don’t have a project idea – don’t worry; come along, have your say and be a collaborator in the chosen study.

If you would like to discuss a project idea at the meeting please let us know at At the meeting we ask that ideas are presented as posters, 5-minute oral presentations or both. It doesn’t matter how well developed your project idea is at this point. We would like to encourage ideas from all clinical professionals involved in trauma care. Projects that are appealing to the collaborative will be deliverable, cost effective, produce results which should be impactful, and finally the project will have the potential to include of a diverse range of health professionals and hospitals. During the meeting we will discuss, vote on and select the best project idea for the national study.

Spaces are limited, and tickets are going quickly. Register your interest as soon as you can. 

Why get involved:

    You will have the opportunity to meet people that share an interest in trauma care.

    Present your work at a prestigious meeting with involvement of a senior trauma steering group to help guide the research

    Participate in meaningful research that will contribute to patient care and hopefully lead to a high impact publication with joint authorship with all contributors

    Bolster your medical CV with a poster presentation at a National Meeting

    Stay for the afternoon and be part of a broader meeting on trauma research

Book tickets here.

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Brain Injury Connections: March 2018

Brain Injury Connections: March 2018

Brain Injury Connections: family matters

Brain Injury Connections will highlight some of the wider concerns affecting brain injury patients and their families/carers, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the role of the family in rehabilitation, communication issues, bridging the funding gap, and human rights regarding relationships.

We are delighted to welcome speakers from across the UK, including:
• Professor Claire de Than, Institute of Law and City, University of London
• Dr Julian Harriss, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital
• Dr Walter Busuttil, Director of Medical Services at Combat Stress
• Dr Nicholas Behn, Postdoctoral Research Fellow & Speech and Language Therapist
 Stephen Killalea QC, Devereux Chambers
• Dr Mark Holloway, Brain Injury Case Manager, Expert Witness and NIHR SSCR Fellow

Who should attend?
The conference is aimed at all practitioners working with brain injury sufferers, including nursing staff, consultants, GPs, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, case managers, rehabilitation support workers and voluntary sector care providers.

How much does it cost?
An early bird rate of £55 + VAT is available to all attendees who book before 31 January 2019.
Bookings made after that time will be charged at the standard conference rate of £100 + VAT.

How can I book?
To secure your place at the conference, please complete your Booking Form and return it, along with your payment, to or post a copy to Events Team, asb aspire, Origin Two, 106 High Street, Crawley, RH10 1BF.

Alternatively, please click here to book online.

For more information, please contact the team on 01293 861214 or email

Photos from the Sussex trauma Network Conference March 2016

Photos from the Sussex trauma Network Conference March 2016

Innovation in Rehabilitation: Thinking outside the box

Amex Community Stadium

The Sussex Trauma Network hosted its inaugural conference on 16 March 2016 at the Amex Stadium. The conference theme was Rehabilitation – Innovations in Rehabilitation: Thinking outside the box.

Rehabilitation is an integral part of trauma care and essential to maximising the outcomes following national changes to trauma care delivery. Our key note speaker was Col. John Etherington, National Clinical Director for Rehabilitation. His emphasis was on the economic impact that rehabilitation brings to society, with a strong focus towards developing strategies to support populations returning to work and meaningful activity. Keeping with the theme of innovation were sessions on cloud based technology to support the use of Rehabilitation Prescriptions, Equine Assisted Therapy, new models for vocational rehabilitation, learning from the military, use of in-house legal clinics to support rehabilitation within the NHS and Equine Assisted Therapy.

A number of patients, including two quadruple amputees, provided highly inspirational presentations from a patient perspective.

The day was ably supported by a conference exhibitor gallery, including some innovative tools to help major trauma victims return to functional life.

The presentations from the event can be found by registering at – a selection of photographs from the event are shown above, click to the right of them to scroll through them.

We are looking forward to arranging our next conference

Advanced Trauma Life Support Provider Programme

Advanced Trauma Life Support Provider Programme

Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS ®) Provider Programme is a multidisciplinary course enabling a standardised language of trauma care across the specialties. The aim of The ATLS® is to teach a simple systematic approach to the management of trauma patients through interactive tutorials, skills teaching and simulated patient management scenarios. Attendance at the course also exposes the candidate to a network of motivated colleagues with an enthusiasm for trauma management. The ATLS® course was developed by the American College of Surgeons and has now been adopted in over 60 countries worldwide.

Course information designed to assist regional centre coordinators can be found here.

To search for courses in regions across the UK click here 


ATLS® teaches a safe reliable method for immediate management of the injured trauma patient. ATLS® is a multidisciplinary course enabling a standardised language of trauma care across the specialties.

The ATLS® course covers a range of procedures and topics including:

  • Initial assessment and management
  • Airway and ventilatory management
  • Abdominal and pelvic shock
  • Thoracic trauma
  • Trauma – head, spine, musculoskeletal
  • Spinal Immobilisation
  • Secondary survey, head to toe exam, patient transfer
  • Spinal assessment/x-rays
  • Primary survey x-rays
  • Cricothyroidotomy/chest decompression/pericardiocentesis
  • Application of pelvic binder

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the concepts and principles of the primary and secondary patient assessments.
  • Establish management priorities in a trauma situation.
  • Initiate primary and secondary management necessary within the golden hour for the emergency management of acute life threatening conditions.
  • In a given simulated clinical and surgical skills practicum, demonstrate a range of skills, which are often required in the initial assessment and treatment of patients with multiple injuries