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Complex Rehabilitation within Major Trauma – February 2024

Complex Rehabilitation within Major Trauma

Start date: Tuesday 27th February

£150.00 Places remaining: 0
Great North Trauma and Emergency Centre Helipad

Following a major traumatic injury patients need specialist rehabilitation input involving a number of specialists from a range of clinical backgrounds.

By dissecting the case study of a patient who has encountered complex polytrauma injuries requiring complex rehabilitation overseen by a multi disciplinary team (MDT), we will explore the entire journey from the point of admission via surgical intervention, critical care and rehabilitation support, right through to discharge home including an overview of MDT outpatient follow-up.

Course description

We will explore complex decisions encountered such as:

  • treatment options and impact on rehab
  • weightbearing status and rehabilitation
  • discharge planning
  • balancing mood and motivation
  • achieving patient led goals.

Delegates will hear talks from consultants specialising in rehabilitation, orthopaedics and plastics; a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech and language therapist, dietitian, psychologist and acute pain specialists covering the following content:

  • Presentation of a complex polytrauma patient’s journey from admission, to surgeries required and considerations of treatment options
  • Demonstration of the acute pain team’s role advising throughout the patient’s journey and how this changes and impacts on rehabilitation
  • Exploration of physiotherapy’s role on the rehab unit and decisions made regarding weightbearing status, rehabilitation and discharge planning
  • Presentation from occupational therapy outlining their role in planning for discharge and consideration re: vocational rehab post discharge
  • Presentation from speech and language therapy and dietetics on the importance of nutrition to aid with recovery, and dysphagia in a major trauma caseload including the use of instrumental assessment of swallowing and swallow rehabilitation
  • Discussion from keyworkers around their role on the major trauma rehabilitation unit and the follow-up and support given at the Major Trauma Outpatient Clinic
  • Joint presentation from orthopaedic consultant and physiotherapist on treatment plans, subsequent impact on weightbearing status and subsequent rehabilitation
  • Joint discussion by plastics and physiotherapy on management of skin grafts and impact on rehabilitation
  • A view from psychology on the importance of assessing and managing mood and the support available for engagement within rehabilitation.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this one day course you should be able to understand and consider:

  • the patient’s injury set and how this classes as a major trauma
  • the importance of pain management with recovery and rehabilitation
  • the impact of weightbearing status and discharge planning
  • the role of an occupational therapist and how this can evolve following discharge
  • mood and how to support and motivate a patient
  • dysphagia in this patient group and swallow rehabilitation
  • nutrition in relation to recovery, in particular, when linked with plastics involvement
  • the importance of the keyworker role and the MTROC clinic
  • the importance of MDT working.

Course leads

Newcastle Hospitals is home to the Great North Emergency and Trauma Centre – one of only 12 in the UK – and this day-long course comprises a range of talks and presentations led by specialists in their field:

  • Debbie Hodgson, Major Trauma Rehabilitation Lead
  • Lynne Wilkinson, Major Trauma Rehabilitation Lead
  • Sinead Savory, Major Trauma Rehabilitation Lead
  • Dr Laura Graham, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine and Trauma Lead for the Northern Trauma Network
  • Dr Megan Finegan, Clinical Psychologist
  • Angela Sollars, Advanced Physiotherapist
  • Nick Walker, Advanced Physiotherapist
  • Laura Healy, Advanced Occupational Therapist
  • Laura Featherstone, Advanced Physiotherapist
  • Emma Flynn, Nurse Specialist – Acute Pain
  • Nicola Stephens, Nurse Specialist – Acute Pain
  • Niki Hartley, Specialist Physiotherapist
  • Jenny Slater, Advanced Physiotherapist
  • Mr Sultan Qasim, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Mr John Henton, Consultant Plastic Surgeon


This course is aimed at professionals working with patients who have experienced major trauma injuries requiring complex rehabilitation – whether that be within a Major Trauma Centre, Trauma Unit, in the community or as an outpatient.


Tuesday 27th February
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Newcastle Clinical Skills Academy
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Eldon Court (ED)
Eldon Court, 2 Percy Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 7YE United Kingdom
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