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What is it?
HECTOR began as the Heartlands Elderly Care Trauma and Ongoing Recovery course that was established to develop a training programme for clinicians and independent practitioners who are responsible for looking after older people who have injuries.
These injuries that an individual sustains often play second fiddle to the complex comorbidities, frailty, and the challenges of caring for them within an ever-pressured emergency care system.
The 2-day course mixes practical scenarios, moulages, lectures and discussions, focusing on the specific care needs of this group of patients.
Who is it for?
Healthcare professionals working with elderly people in the first 24-72 hours after sustaining traumatic injury either as part of the initial assessment or the early stages of rehabilitation.
Previous course participants have included advanced physiotherapists, occupational therapists, consultants and registrars in emergency medicine, geriatric medicine, general surgery and orthopaedics; general practitioners and prehospital responders; major trauma coordinators; nursing staff working with trauma patients; paramedics and rehabilitation staff.
Who is running it?
An interspecialty and multidisciplinary faculty from the Scottish (STN) and Northern Trauma Networks (NTN). The NTN have kindly supported the setting up of this course.
When is it?
The inaugural HECTOR Scotland course is being held on the 20th and 21st March 2023 at the Scottish Centre for Simulation and Clinical Human Factors (SCSCHF).
How do I apply?
Click this link or scan the QR code: HECTOR Application Form
If the link doesn’t work, then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form.
Closing date for applications:
27th January 2023.
£350 for doctors, £100 for NMAHPs.
The difference in price is based on availability of study budgets for non-mandatory courses between staff groups.
Any questions, then email the centre email@example.com
Joel, Claire, Jon and Sarah (HECTOR Scotland faculty)
“To treat patients with injuries and not injuries on patients”
D Raven, course founder
The Scottish Trauma Network (STN) are pleased to announce the publication of the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions (NMAHP) NMAHP Development Framework for Major Trauma.
This is hosted within the Education and Training section of the STN website;
The NMAHP Development Framework for Major Trauma will be used by NMAHP practitioners caring for major trauma patients in any in-hospital setting at local, regional and national levels for identifying, planning and supporting learning needs, identifying career pathways and enhancing workforce planning.
This framework is the result of collaborative working between NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and the STN, working closely with NMAHP practitioners and consulting with the STN Education and Workforce group. It is aligned to the already published NES NMAHP Development Framework.
It is currently for registered practitioners at education levels 5-8 with the Healthcare Support Worker element following later in the year, in conjunction with the national HCSW commission.
Introduction by National Clinical Lead
Annual report time arrives once again, and in this new style of presentation my superlatives for the work of all who support the continued work, development and improvements of the Scottish Trauma Network will be brief. This is just as well, as the resources of my thesaurus begin to abate.
It is now 5 years since we convened and commenced our program of work to build and implement an entirely new clinical network of acute care and long-term rehabilitation for Scotland’s most seriously injured. August 30th 2021 witnessed the completion of Phase I with delivery of the fully operational end product. At time of writing, we run smoothly and successfully in the best traditions of “National Collaborative Pragmatism”.
All of this achieved of course, against the backdrop of complications presented to us by the pandemic. A remarkable achievement now recognised and acclaimed at the highest levels of the NHS, the Scottish Government, and national and international media.
This hard-earned and well-deserved reputation requires stiffening of the sinews and strengthening of resolve to be maintained, for us to progress further as we contribute well beyond our remit to the Remobilisation of the NHS in Scotland.
Thus, now begins Phase II, where we plan to tell the story using data, to raise standards for the future, and to demonstrate the sustained improved outcomes for patients, their families, their communities and the nation as a return on the visionary investment of these past 5 years.
The full report can be seen here
National Clinical Lead
Scottish Trauma Network
The eighth report by the Scottish Trauma Audit Group (STAG) since 2011 can be found on the Public Health Scotland website. Compliance with a subset of the Scottish Trauma Network Key Performance Indicators, case-mix adjusted mortality and Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) are within part one of the report. Part two and three provide a comprehensive summary of injuries and the patient journey for both adults and paediatrics respectively.
Introduction from National Clinical Lead
2020 – 21 has been variously difficult, challenging, interesting and rewarding across the many spheres of activity, development and progress for the Scottish Trauma Network (STN). This Annual Report sits alongside and complements the imminent publication of the Scottish Trauma Audit Group’s (STAG) Annual Report for the same period. They both reveal and explore much of the data, operational and patient-centred clinical stories around this past year’s extraordinary activity within the Network. Set against the pandemic backdrop, the strong message coming from these reports is one of resilience, maintained high-quality patient care and an above-and-beyond spirit of collaboration and pragmatism on a national scale. That key performance and outcome measures have been delivered, yet alone maintained and improved in several areas, is worthy of acknowledgment and appreciation. The reports further explore much of our presentation and discussion at the Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Select Committee in January 2021.
There are many examples to celebrate, but I take this opportunity to highlight and express admiration and gratitude to the Scottish Ambulance Service, the ScotSTAR and EMRS transport and retrieval arms, and the newer Advanced Paramedics in Critical Care red teams therein. Their relentless and complex work in supporting and enabling the pandemic response across trauma and all related critical care services has been inspiring. The STN and patients are thankful to them beyond words. These thanks are expressed in equal measure to all staff and services recruited in good faith and optimism to the STN, yet who found themselves redeployed and reallocated to support the response in other vital areas such as Emergency Departments, Trauma Wards which became Covid High Dependency Units and Critical Care areas, and Theatres.
More interesting still is what much of this tells us about the improved access we now have to data and patient-reported measures. These are the mainstays of why the STN does what it does. With STN Trauma and STAG coordinators now embedded in our hospitals, we are able to reach more broadly across and deeper into the care of trauma patients than ever before. The resulting information and its analysis will further “tell the story” as we move beyond delivery of Phase I later this year, with the opening of the Major Trauma Centres at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, and the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, and the operational delivery of the Regional Networks in the West and South East of Scotland. These final pieces of the jigsaw will complete the national picture alongside the MTCs at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Ninewells Hospital in Dundee opened in 2018, supporting all the component services within our Regional Networks.
It is to be hoped that by the time of next year’s report we will be able to reflect upon a time of challenge and change with a more secure feel for what the immediate and medium-term future holds for our service. This learning allows us to reenergise and reconvene with strength, determination and the confidence that comes from surmounting such a significant hurdle.
Every person and every collaborative and linked service involved, described and embraced within the following pages is deserving of the greatest of gratitude and recognition. We are indebted to you all.
The full report can be seen here.
National Clinical Lead
Scottish Trauma Network
Issue 8 – April 2021
As South East of Scotland Trauma Network approaches it’s launch date along with the MTC opening, the newsletter focuses on Network and Recruitment updates, Training and Education as well as how the region performed in the Scottish Trauma Audit Group annual report.
To download the newsletter, click HERE
This edition provides an update on recruitment in the network, training and education for staff as well as key learning for the regions Clinical Governance.
Download the newsletter in full HERE.
Executive Summary from Martin McKechnie
2019-20 was another significant and progressive year for the Scottish Trauma Network. There is much to champion, and more to come in what is shaping up to be an exciting 2020-21. That this has been achieved latterly against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the many necessary twists and turns in expectation, guidance, policy, redeployment and operational initiative across all our facets and collaborations within NHS Scotland, is yet further evidence of the energy, resilience and pragmatism shown by all members of our flourishing STN family.
By this time next year we expect to have delivered a fully operational STN, by opening our final Regional Major Trauma Centres at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, and at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh. This will complete the national picture alongside the MTCs at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, and support all the component services within our Regional Networks. To achieve this landmark against the turbulence of 2020 will indeed be cause for celebration.
The success of the Scottish Ambulance Service’s Trauma Desk, and its Covid-prompted transformation into a national Critical Care Desk, as well as that of ScotSTAR North operating from its new base at Aberdeen Airport, allows us to look at further developments in Red Team prehospital Critical Care delivery across Scotland.
‘The Trauma App’ collaboration between STN, the emergency department representatives from across the STN, EMQUIRE, daysix, the Digital Health & Care Institute and Innovate UK, continues to attract international interest as that project enters final development and simulation phases.
Our new Research and Innovation Group has begun its work to tell the story of the STN via data. As well as the R&I Group’s clinical research remit, there will be an assessment of the health and economic impact of the Scottish Government’s major investment in the STN.
In a new and exciting development to help tell this story, Firecrest Films, a Glasgow-based independent television production company, has been commissioned by Channel 4 to produce a flagship 6-part primetime documentary series on the work, patients and staff of the Scottish Trauma Network. It is hoped that filming will start in 2021.
Finally, as testament to the way the STN has developed and at the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport’s request, our model is being applied to support the development of several of the new Strategic Networks, where we are finding particular synergies with the Veterans and Health in Justice Networks.
Yet more interesting times ahead for the STN.
The STN Annual Report 2019/20 can be found HERE
This edition provides an update on the ongoing work across the network as we progress towards implementation in 2021.
Download the full newsletter here.
This edition provides an update on the work that has progressed over the last year as the SEoS look towards entering year three of the network’s implementation.
Download the full newsletter here.