Pan London Trauma Nurses Conference 

By Nurses - For Nurses

Background

The Institute of Pre-Hospital Care at London’s Air Ambulance mission is to drive excellence in pre-hospital care standards and practice through research, innovation and education; and by fostering collaboration across medical disciplines and institutions dedicated to improving outcomes for people afflicted by critical injury and illness.


The Institute remains closely aligned with London’s Air Ambulance, sharing its clinical and organisational leadership teams; drawing on its case studies to inform priorities; and collaborating to develop new clinical interventions, conduct research and educate the next generation of pre-hospital care experts. 


London's Air Ambulance delivers an advanced trauma team to critically injured people in London, serving the 10 million people who live, work and travel within the M25. The doctor - paramedic team undertake approximately 2,000 missions per year and operates 24 hours/day using rapid response cars and a helicopter in daylight hours. The service hands over patient care to one of the four dedicated Major Trauma Centres (MTCs) in the London Trauma Network. 


These four MTCs form part of the Pan London Major Trauma System which together with the 35 Trauma Units (TUs) provide a continuum of care for all injured patients within the Greater London area plus parts of Essex, Kent and Surrey regions. The MTCs have resources available 24 hours a day to manage severely injured patients, while the TUs are responsible for the local management of patients with less severe injuries. The TUs are also responsible for the admission and ongoing care of patients who are repatriated from the MTCs after the acute management of their injuries.  


About the Conference

This conference is by nurses, for nurses and is the first conference that is entirely aimed at trauma nurses. The conference will explore the nursing challenges of the trauma patient which is a complex patient group and will give all nurses in attendance the opportunity to meet one another and engage in shared learning. 

The conference is a free event that is accessible to 450 nurses from the London MTCs, Pan-London TUs and also national MTCs. 

It is often said that nurses are the glue that hold the healthcare system together and that analogy could not be more accurate in trauma. Severely injured patient often require multi-disciplinary input from different specialties and therapists and it is nurses who are best placed to ensure coordinated and seamless care to patients and their families. Through delivering this conference we aim to provide nurses with a platform to: 

·       Share and disseminate good practice amongst 450 network nurses who are actively involved in the care of trauma patients in the region

·       Identify organisations that can and are able to support trauma patients and their families after trauma, outside of the NHS remit including legal services

·       Discuss common issues and share best practice

·       Prepare and deliver presentations to fellow nurses - especially junior nurses

·       To interact with experienced nurses as well as other experts in the trauma nursing field


Most trauma conferences call on expert speakers to deliver talks, with limited room for discussion. The proposed format of the Pan London Nurses Trauma Conference will seek to encourage nurses who are themselves experts by virtue of the pivotal role they play in the care of injured patients, to prepare and present cases based on their actual day to day shop floor experiences. These will be derived from but not limited to:

·       Challenging or interesting patient cases

·       Patient experience improvement initiatives

·       Sharing best practice and common issues

·       Incidents and learning from incidents


Abstracts

Abstract submissions will be accepted from the four MTCs and 35 TUs that make up the Pan London Major Trauma System from which six will be selected by the conference committee for presentation. It is important that the presentation and discussions  on the day ally to current and key topics in trauma nursing. In order to focus the submissions they will be aligned to one of the following 10 headings:

 

·       The bleeding patient

·       The head injured patient

·       Elderly trauma

·       Repatriations

·       Trauma nursing education

·       Major incident preparedness

·       The burden of trauma on Trauma Units

·       The severely injured child

·       Suicide and domestic violence related to trauma

·       Bereavement

All abstracts will be published in the conference booklet which will be handed out to every delegate.

Further information will be added closer to the event in the meantime if you have any queries about the conference please do contact Frank Chege, Event organiser and Patient Liaison Nurse at London's Air Ambulance. 

Frank Chege:  f.chege@londonsairambulance.co.uk