SMTN Education & Training Strategy

Where do training and education fit in? 

Education and training are integral to the function of the Severn Major Trauma Network.  

This includes everything from initial training for staff new to our systems and procedures, to the ongoing education of HCAs, ward and ED nurses, allied health professionals and postgraduate doctors in training on the upkeep of skills, procedures, and knowledge. 

The training we offer here at Severn Major Trauma Network also has roles in the dissemination of lessons learnt through the governance process; the implementation of new or amended guidelines; and as a method to test existing systems and highlight areas for service improvement, including Emergency Preparedness.


1. The Network will have a formal quarterly Education Group meetings to further co-ordination and provision of trauma training within the Network  

2. The Network will promote and support development of a trauma training programme for rehabilitation staff working with major trauma patients. 

• There is currently no nationally agreed curriculum so will be developed and run locally  

3. The Severn Network will promote and support trauma level 1 training for nursing staff caring for Major Trauma patients. 

• Access to locally run level 1 Trauma courses. TILS train the trainer days will be facilitated when necessary (last held August 2022)  

• Provision of level 2 courses within the network either nationally run or local equivalents that have been PEER reviewed by the National Major Trauma Nursing Group (NMTNG)  

• The Severn Network will promote and help develop local courses 

• The Severn Network will provide online resources to support the running of TILS level 1 courses locally  

4. The Severn Network will promote and support trauma Level 2 courses. The Major trauma Centre at North Bristol Trust runs the European Trauma Course (ETC) locally. Yeovil are running the Advanced Trauma Nursing course (ATNC). Musgrove Park have developed an inhouse Level 2 course which requires further development and peer review.  

• Providing places with the Severn network 

• Develops local faculty to maintain running these  

5. The Severn Network share relevant trauma training opportunities for staff via its newsletter and via its website once active.  

6. The network is helping to support national online learning resources for Major Trauma with the NMTNG. E-learning for ward nurses should be rolled out next year. The aim is to be expand this for Paediatric ward education.  

7. The Network will hold an annual Network Trauma Stakeholders meeting/ conference, whether face-to face or online 

8. The Network will monitor compliance with the training requirements of the Trauma Quality Indicators (TQUINs).