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Clinical Lead - Dr Ben Walton
Consultant in Critical Care and Anaesthesia.
MTC Clinical Lead since October 2011.
Interest in neurocritical care, trauma and medical education.
Network Manager – Victoria Le Grys
Governance Lead – Dr Adam Brown
Training Lead – Dr Nicola Morgan
I am a Consultant in Emergency Medicine with a keen interest in education and training. I joined the North Bristol Major Trauma Centre team in 2014 bringing with me a great enthusiasm and passion for education, and skills in simulation, inter-professional education, and in bringing education to the workplace.
My role as Training lead for the Severn Trauma Network means that I lead a large, hardworking and enthusiastic team who aim to develop the knowledge, skills and team-working abilities of all staff members across the region. Some of the training we perform includes skills-based training for emergency and ward nurses and doctors; inter-professional courses for the whole team with a focus on human factors and team-working; regular updates for the team leaders; and outreach courses delivered in hospitals around the region.
I graduated from the University of Bristol in 2004. Following early experience in teaching anatomy, undergraduate clinical and communication skills, and a BSc in Medical Ethics, I have developed simulation and training programmes locally and nationally, and across all healthcare groups with a focus on human factors and non-technical skills. I have a diploma in Medical education, and my other roles include faculty development and teaching advanced education and clinical decision-making. My research is in decision-making, simulation and inter-professional training for healthcare professionals and undergraduates.
If you would like some support with teaching within your area or hospital, or would like to get involved as faculty or a participant, please get in touch, I would love to hear from you!
Research Lead – Dr Julian Thompson
Julian Thompson is a Consultant in Intensive Care and Anaesthesia at North Bristol NHS Trust, Research Lead for the Severn Major Trauma Network, Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol, Critical Care Doctor for the Great Western Air Ambulance and Associate Professor at the University of Stavanger, Norway.
Julian trained in Oxford and London, completed a doctorate in hypoxia and genetics at University College London and was Executive Director of London’s Air Ambulance from 2011-15. He is Deputy Editor of the Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine and his research interests include pre hospital critical care, major trauma and wilderness medicine.
Julian has served with the British Army in Afghanistan and has undertaken independent expeditions to the Greater Ranges and the Arctic that include reaching the summit of Mount Everest.
Major Trauma Nurse Practitioner – Lisa Thomas
I have been qualified since 1996 and have worked the majority of the time since in Emergency Department settings. I worked at St Josephs Medical Centre which is a level one Trauma Centre in Pheonix Arizona, USA for 20 months from 2000 to 2001. During this time I gained much experience in Major Trauma and this is where my passion for this area of nursing really started. I have worked for the Major Trauma service at Southmead since its project stage prior to the Major Trauma Centre going live. This has been an exciting challenge with the opportunity to develop and improve patient pathways. Seeing the patient through their entire journey, facilitating progress and offering support to both them and their families is very satisfying. The particular projects that I am involved include governance of the Major Trauma patient’s pathway and follow up support for bereaved families. I look forward to continuing to work alongside patients and their families in developing this service.
Major Trauma Nurse Coordinator – Laura Crowle
I qualified from University of Leeds in 2002, Dip He in adult nursing. I have worked on general, urology and most recently on a plastics surgical ward. I have undertaken my post registration degree also at the University of Leeds and 3 plastic surgical modules at Birmingham City University. Within plastics, there has been an increase in the amount of poly trauma patients we were receiving, which first sparked an interest in major trauma.
Major Trauma Nurse Coordinator – Charlie Howard
Rehabilitation Coordinator – Debbie Cleary
I am an experienced qualified physiotherapist with a specialist interest in Trauma Orthopaedic patients. I have been working within NBT for 10 years, and specialise in neuromusculoskeletal therapy – the rehabilitation of injuries sustained to muscles, bones, joints and nerves. My role within the Major Trauma Team is to have an understanding of every patient’s injuries and how these impact on every aspect of their life – from eating and drinking to returning to work – and what rehabilitation they require to recover. This involves close discussion and support of patients and their families. I also lead training programmes for therapists working with Major Trauma patients.
Rehabilitation Coordinator – Melissa Varia
I have worked as a rehabilitation coordinator since North Bristol Trust went “live” as a Major Trauma Centre in April 2012. Every MTC patient should receive consideration of their ongoing rehabilitation needs (physical, cognitive / emotional, & psychosocial) as a result of their trauma. I trained as a Speech and Language Therapist in the USA. Following competition of my undergraduate and post graduate training, I developed my expertise with traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and critical care, working across the rehabilitation pathway to include acute hospitalisation, highly specialist inpatient rehabilitation, and community rehabilitation.
Rehabilitation Coordinator – Annie Thornton
I qualified as a physiotherapist in 2006 as a late starter after a varied career in the restaurant industry in London, Bristol and abroad. My first position as a therapist was in a District general hospital in Yorkshire. Shortly afterwards I gained a permanent position at the Royal Devon and Exeter Trust. I became a senior physiotherapist here in 2009 and the following year moved to North Bristol Trust as a rotational senior physiotherapist.
During my time as a therapist, I have been fortunate enough to gain wide clinical experience including trauma and elective orthopaedics, hand therapy, neurosurgery and critical care. My particular clinical area of interest is in critical care; specifically trauma and neurosurgical critical care, in which I have over five years’ experience.
I have joined the Major Trauma Team as a rehabilitation coordinator. In addition to this, I will be working with Reston Smith to develop the ‘Quality Trauma Discharge’ project. This innovative and exciting project aims to smooth transition for the major trauma patient group out of the major trauma centre to different care locations or on discharge home in a way that minimises stress and avoids adverse events.
Administrator – Sarah Lapham
TARN Coordinator – Teresa Smyth
Employed with the North Bristol NHS Trust in September 1999 as a receptionist within the Emergency Department at Frenchay Hospital, until I joined the Major Trauma Team as one of the TARN (Trauma Audit Research Network) Co-ordinators for the Severn network at the start of 2013.
My role as a TARN Co-ordinator involves accurately recording all major trauma patients care. From the initial cause of injury, to pre-hospital, Emergency Department, and their ward stay. This data includes dates, times, observations, scans and any interventions. These details are entered onto the TARN database to record injuries for each patient, and the patient outcome upon discharge. The TARN database can be used by clinicians to obtain specific information regarding patient care. The general public also have access to the TARN database to extract statistics about North Bristol NHS trust.
TARN Coordinator – Sally Jackson
I joined the North Bristol NHS Trust in 2001 and worked as a receptionist within the Emergency Department for thirteen years, whilst also working as an Intensive Care Unit receptionist for ten of those years.
I am one of four coordinators within the team and my job is to code and submit to TARN (Trauma Audit Research Network) all major trauma admissions to Southmead once they have been discharged.
Coding a patient, requires recording accurately, all observations, times, xrays, scans, operations and all procedures involved. All submissions need to be completed & submitted within twenty five days of discharge.