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NRS Trauma and Emergencies specialty group announced

NRS Trauma and Emergencies specialty group announced

3rd December 2019

Formerly NRS Injuries and Emergencies, the new NRS Trauma and Emergencies specialty group will better align research with ongoing activity in Scotland’s Emergency Departments and trauma centres.

Supported by the Chief Scientist Office of Scottish Government, NRS Trauma and Emergencies supports the delivery of high-quality clinical research across Scotland. The name change reflects the breadth of research and offers a more accurate and inclusive description with research extending to types of musculoskeletal trauma implied by ‘injuries’, as well as polytrauma and health systems research.

This development aligns with the wider transformation in trauma care taking place across Scotland, with the establishment of Major Trauma Centres as part of the Scottish Trauma Network. It will expand opportunities for collaborative research now and in the future, as well as allowing the specialty to expand its footprint into pre-hospital care and work more with partners in the Scottish Ambulance Service.

NRS Trauma and Emergencies Clinical Lead Dr Alasdair Corfield said “Evidence shows that centres that are active in research have better outcomes for their patients. The change in name of our research group recognises the importance of research in trauma care and the opportunities for patients to be involved in trauma care research in Scotland.

Trauma care encompasses the whole patient journey from pre-hospital care through to rehabilitation and this change in name will encourage collaborative research across these areas. This will also better align research activity with ongoing research work and terminology throughout Emergency Departments in Scotland and globally.”

Kate Burley, Associate Director from the Scottish Trauma Network (STN) said “The STN are delighted to hear of this effective change in recognition of the importance of research in trauma care which will encompass the whole patient pathway. We look forward to the impact it will have in improving outcomes for patients.”

NRS Trauma and Emergencies is keen to support new investigators wishing to undertake commercial and non-commercial research in Scotland. Any interested parties should get in touch with the team:


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