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Medical Colleges to develop standards for trauma care

11 November 2008

The Royal College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Anaesthetists, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the College of Emergency Medicine have established an intercollegiate group to develop and review standards for trauma care.

The group will link closely with TARN and the Healthcare Commission/Care Quality Commission and will also work alongside other key stakeholders from pre-hospital, paramedic, nursing, specialty and rehabilitative care.

Standards in trauma services vary considerably and it is widely accepted that in many areas trauma services are inadequate; something the profession has repeatedly highlighted over the years. As trauma is a multi-professional area all participants feel it is appropriate to work together to take this initiative forward.

It is the role of the Colleges to set standards and trauma is an urgent priority. The Darzi review highlighted that a large number of SHAs regard trauma care as a priority area for improvement, and with the imminent appointment of a national clinical director for trauma care (a trauma ‘tsar’), it has never been more timely to embark on this work.

The group hope to work with the new national clinical director for trauma care when the post is appointed, and also with the strategic health authorities as they develop their plans for delivering trauma services within the regions.