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Scottish Trauma Network Conference – A growing Network, a platform for change

The second annual Scottish Trauma Network (STN) conference took place in Edinburgh on 26 and 27 June 2019.

The event showcased and celebrated innovation and collaboration in the development of Scotland’s new trauma system – designed to deliver the highest quality of integrated, multi-speciality care for severely injured patients.

A demonstration of Scotland’s new trauma app

The new approach to trauma care was described by Jeane Freeman, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport in her opening address as:  “An exemplar piece of work and a structure are evolving across the country, thanks to the innovative work of the Scottish Trauma Network (STN).”

Speakers across the two day event included Malcolm Wright, Chief Executive, NHSScotland and Professor Mansoor Ali Khan, Surgeon Commander in the Royal Navy and Consultant Trauma Surgeon, from North West London Major Trauma Centre. Professor Richard William OBE, University of South Wales spoke about psychosocial care for casualties following major incidents and Naomi Davis, Associate Medical Director, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital talked about the Manchester Arena attack in 2017 and the paediatric services two years on.

Malcolm Wright, Chief Executive, NHSScotland

Naomi Davis, Associate Medical Director, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

The event also saw the launch of the revised Major Incident and Mass Casualty Plan which was described by Ray De Souza, Depute Head, Scottish Government Health Resilience Unit as “a ‘concept’ of operations rather than a plan”. Its aim is to remove the anxiety of decision making from responders by providing the crucial reassurance to their teams that they are supported in the role that they play.

The plan, which is to be ready for implementation across Scotland by 1 September 2019, draws on learning from large scale incidents in recent years, with particular focus on the needs of children and the importance of psychosocial as well as physical care.

Reflecting on the success of the annual event, Dr Martin McKechnie, STN National Clinical Director commented: “This event has captured the huge amount of progress that is being made by all members within the broad and expanding STN. We are all now looking ahead to future developments presenting even more potential opportunities. Thank you to all our members for their continued support and energy which drives us forward.”

To find out more about STN developments, click here.


STN Event 2019 - Registration Now Open!!

We are delighted to announce that registration for the STN event on 26th and 27th June 2019, at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, is now open!

To view the draft programme and register for the event, please follow this link to the event site:


We look forward to seeing you all there!

STN Event 2019 - Call for Posters

We are now accepting poster abstracts for our event on 26th and 27th June 2019 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

There is lots of work going on around Scotland and we are keen for examples of best practice to be showcased at the event to share learning.

We invite submissions from NHS Scotland and HSCP employees, our voluntary and partner organisations, and other public or private sector organisations on any aspect of work they are undertaking relating to trauma care.

All posters are welcome, please consider the following prompts:

  • Patient journey from pre-hospital to rehabilitation, including community rehabilitation and social care,
  • Trauma prevention,
  • Patient engagement,
  • Epidemiology of serious injuries (trauma, TBI, burns) in Scotland,
  • Quality improvement, e.g.:
    • Use of emerging technology,
    • Maintaining excellence in patient care.

Download the form here.  Completed forms should be submitted to nss.scottrauma@nhs.net by 29th March 2019.

STN Event - 26th and 27th June 2019


The STN is holding its second conference at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 26th and 27th June 2019. We are collaborating with two other national clinical networks this year, (the Care of Burns in Scotland (COBIS) and the Scottish Acquired Brain Injury Network (SABIN)), as well as the Scottish Trauma Audit Group (STAG) to bring together like-minded people to deliver the STN conference.

We will be seeking posters, so get your thinking caps on!

Keep your eyes peeled for more information…