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Life changes: Rehabilitation following trauma

RCN Defence Nursing Workshop 2019

23 Feb 2019 10:30 - 15:00

Birmingham City University , Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham , B15 3TN


Please note that this event is now cancelled.

This workshop looks at some of the challenges and successes faced by those rehabilitating from trauma, and is an opportunity to share ideas and network. 

By the end of this workshop delegates will be able to:

• Understand the key principles of rehabilitation following trauma;
• Gain an insight into the rehabilitation pathway following trauma from a civilian, military and resource constrained perspective;
• Share ideas of best-practice to promote translation between different professional groups. 

Open to RCN member and non-members alike, this workshop will support nurses working across a variety of specialities that support trauma patients throughout the patient pathway.  

“Often the medical focus of trauma care is within the first few minutes, hours and days, but we know that any complex trauma is a long journey that impacts not only on the individual but their families and communities. This event will provide opportunity to improve your practice with a wealth of information and updates relating to trauma care including pain management and wound care after trauma. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and share your own concerns and experiences in this field.” Major Chris Carter, Chair, RCN Defence Nursing Forum 

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Workshop supported by:

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Birmingham City University
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences
Westbourne Road
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 3TN

By train:

Birmingham New Street station to Five Ways station, then a short walk from Five Ways station to City South campus.

Workshop fee

RCN Members £60.00 plus VAT (72.00)
Non-members £90.00 plus VAT (108.00)

Bookings will open and programme to be announced in late September

For any queries about this event please contact

The Events team, RCN
• 020 7647 3577


View draft programme

The day will be interactive with ample opportunities for Q&A and discussion – use this opportunity to ask those tricky questions you want answers to and remember you can flag your challenges and concerns with the RCN.

Planned topics include:

• Transforming trauma care in the UK
• Pain management and rehabilitation following traumatic injury
• Wound care and managing spinal injury in a resource constrained environment
• Mental health and trauma

Need a helping hand with securing time off or funding to attend? Please download these helpful hints and tips as well as a template letter you can use

RCN member £60 plus VAT (£72.00)
Non-member £90 plus VAT (£108.00)

Not a member? Join the RCN now and qualify for the discounted membership rates for this conference. Find out more 

Being funded by an employer to attend? RCN Events can provide an invoice for your attendance Just complete a booking form and ask your finance team to send this along with a purchase order to: 

For any queries please call 02076473591

This workshop is an unrivalled opportunity for you to connect directly with the UK military and defence nurses.

There are a number of ways you can get involved, from networking to raise your profile to tailored commercial packages to help achieve specific objectives. Please contact the exhibitions team on 01442870143 or email to discuss.

Online bookings are the easiest and fastest way to book 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Bookings can be made by phone with payment by credit card/Maestro, by calling: 02920546460. Lines are open from 9.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

Bookings can also be made by post with a downloaded booking form with credit card details or payment/remittance advice posted to: Event registrations, PO Box 2329, Cardiff CF23 8YZ.
A booking form with credit card details or payment/remittance advice can also be faxed to: 02920546489.

Payment by invoice is available on request. A Purchase Order and booking form are required.

All bookings will be confirmed in writing. 

The RCN reserves the right to refuse any booking at any time.



We are delighted to announce Fiona JVW Stephenson FRCN, RN will be speaking on Managing Spinal Injury in Resource Limited Environments.

Fiona has over 30 years of nursing experience and found her passion in spinal cord injury (SCI) nursing care utilising her professional and life skills. At present she is Registered Service Manager, of a brand new flagship spinal injury centre in the heart of Dorset. Fiona volunteers regularly to provide international healthcare capacity building in SCI care. Fiona is a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing and has been an active member of the International Spinal Cord Society on the Education, Disaster and Nurse Committees. 

She was instrumental in creating/establishing the first SCI unit in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake, created/established a successful SCI rehabilitation clinic and has trained many nurses in SCI care there as well as another Low & Middle Income Countries.  Fiona deployed following the Nepal earthquake in 2015 providing specialist support to Nepals’ only SCI centre (SIRC). She remains a member of the UK Governments’ Emergency Medical Team. Fiona is co-founder of the Haiti SCI Working Group and The International Network of SCI Nurses: . She was a core member of the WHO Rehabilitation minimum standards & SCI Specialist Cell working groups and recently won the UK Cavell Nurses Trust “International Impact” Award. Fiona was a Nurse of the Year finalist in the UK Nursing Times Awards 2017, and awarded a ‘Point of Light’ Award by the Prime Minister in 2018 for her international voluntary services supporting people with disabilities in many low middle income countries.



We are delighted to announce Lt Col Steven Jeffery RAMC will be speaking on ‘Bespoke dressings for discerning practitioners’

Professor Jeffery is a Consultant Burns and Plastic Surgeon at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Professor of Wound Study at Birmingham City University and Honorary Visiting Professor Cardiff University. He has extensive experience of soft tissue injuries including burns.

'Dressings have evolved greatly over the past decades. Our ancestors had access to a limited number of materials with which they used to construct their own dressings. In recent times, dressings manufacturers have created a plethora of exotic dressings, each containing a number of components already integrated and fused together. Rather than be forced to use dressings that incorporate unnecessary features, the discerning practitioner will prefer to choose each dressing component that will be the best fit for the individual wound. The resulting ‘home made’ dressing will be a lot cheaper, will be more effective and will last longer than any off the shelf dressing.'




We are delighted to announce Sarah Lewis RN(A), BSc, MSc, NMP will be speaking on Pain Management and Rehabilitation Following Trauma

Sarah is a Nurse Consultant in Pain Management at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC), Stanford Hall. Sarah qualified in 1993 whilst serving in the Royal Navy.  Since she has worked in a variety of settings including; Marie Curie Nursing, Hospice Nursing, Chronic Pain Clinic and for the last four years working with injured Servicemen and women at DMRC.  She finished her Masters in Pain Management and Independent prescriber’s course in 2013.  Following being awarded RCN Nurse of the Year (2014) for her work at DMRC as CNS in Pain Management, Sarah worked with a panel of experts in pain management to establish the RCN Pain Knowledge and Skills Framework.  She is a frequent speaker and an advocate for advancing military pain management.  Early in 2017 she has taken up the Nurse Consultant role at DMRC. 

‘From the point of wounding through to discharge from the services there are many aspects to military pain management. Following a military trauma patients' journey will give some idea of the similarities and the differences from a civilian trauma patient in the NHS. Within this pathway from acute - transitional - persistent pain - this whistle stop tour of the military pain management will show established methods of pain relief as well as problem solving, pragmatism and innovation.’ 

We are delighted to announce Major Andy Wareham will be speaking on Rehabilitation following Traumatic Injury in a military setting.

Major Wareham is the Physiotherapy Military Clinical Lead in Complex Trauma at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre that has recently relocated from Headley Court to Stanford Hall.  Following several years working in the NHS in Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals, Major Wareham joined the military in 2006 and spent 4 years at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (RCDM) in Birmingham, working in Trauma and as the Professional Development Officer.  

During this time, he completed a Masters with a published dissertation looking at phantom limb pain, mirror therapy and limb laterality in military unilateral amputees; and co-authored an original paper examining the Rehabilitation Lessons Learned during recent conflicts.  His deployments have included to Iraq in 2008 and Afghanistan in 2010 and 2014.  In addition, for several years he led the Physiotherapy Deployed Hospital Care Course that prepares military Physiotherapists for clinical work in the deployed environment.






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