Adam Brooks is a trauma surgeon and Director of the East Midlands Major trauma centre. He operates on seriously injured patients and is one of the country’s leading experts based at NUH who deals with complex cases and, frequently, life-threatening injury. Adam has also worked with the Armed Forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, in South Africa, Australia and the USA and therefore has an informed view of the effects of major injury, however those injuries arise – whether from an IED in Helmand or, closer to home, a road traffic accident on the M1.
Here he talks about the criticality not just of saving lives at the point of injury but, looking beyond that, the importance of skilled rehabilitation.
Piera Santullo is a rehabilitation consultant working in NUH. Piera has great ideas on how we can produce better functional outcomes for patients from her experience from working in Italy earlier in her career. She has a valuable perspective on the NRC opportunity and need for improvement in how clinical rehabilitation is delivered. She focuses on enabling effective rehabilitation among a broad range of patients who come to NUH in expectation of being looked after.
Daren Forward is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon and Major Trauma consultant at NUH. He operates on patients often presenting the most complex of skeletal fractures. Daren has also worked in the USA at Shock trauma, Baltimore. Re-setting bones is just one part of the job to return badly injured patients to fitness.
Here Daren speaks of the benefits of sharing expertise and facilities between the Defence establishment and the NHS facility on the Stanford Hall Rehabilitation Estate and why that will make a crucial difference to service provision and, more importantly, to the lives of those patients involved.
Allan Cole is an anaesthetist and a recent recipient of complex trauma care – he was severely injured in a gliding accident and needed comprehensive surgery and support.
Now, returned to work, he shares his view from both ends of the telescope – as healthcare professional and as patient.
For a slightly different perspective on being a patient following serious injury, Kate Philp is a former officer in the Royal Artillery and served on the front line in Afghanistan. Badly injured in conflict there, she had a lower leg amputation and was the first woman in the Armed Forces to undergo such an operation.
Now, as a DNRC ambassador, a trustee of the Black Stork Charity and a passionate believer in the importance of spreading expertise in rehabilitation more widely, she speaks of the differences between rehabilitation for those within or without the Armed Forces and the need to raise standards of clinical rehabilitation within the NHS.