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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.