Medical Innovation

2–3 October 2018
Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham, UK


Day One: Tuesday 2 October

Preparedness , Pre-Hospital Care and Resilience

The Defence Medical Services (DMS) led conference programme will feature a number of leading experts in the fields of military medical care and rehabilitation, civilian emergency care and  humanitarian and disaster relief. You can read a summary of Tuesday's sessions below, or click through to view the full seminar schedule.

Medical Innovation 2018 is CPD accredited with 6 points per day, awarded by the Defence Deanery, Defence Healthcare Education and Training.



Session 1: Preparedness: The Individual, The Medic, The Team

Chair: Air Cdre Rich Withnall, Head of Research & Clinical Innovation, DMS; and Col Mike Smith, Defence Professor of General Practice, DMS

This session will be of interest to individuals and organisations who are involved in preparing healthcare professionals to work in potentially high threat austere environments. The presentations will introduce innovative research that aims to improve human performance and safeguard the individual or the team from physical and psychological threats in order to improve the quality of patient care.


  • An historical context of medical innovation.
  • Virtual and augmented reality for pre-deployment MERT training
  • Pre-trauma interventions in force health protection
  • Female Endocrinology in Arduous Training (FEAT) and Exploring the Endocrine Effects of Extreme Training (E4T) studies

Session 2: Organisational Preparedness

Chair: Air Cdre Rich Withnall, Head of Research & Clinical Innovation, DMS and Col Peter Mahoney, Emeritus Defence Professor,  Defence Medical Services

This session focuses on organisational preparedness and reflects experiences from the military, humanitarian/disaster relief and emergency healthcare communities.


  • Military humanitarian aid in the Mediterranean
  • Preparing for humanitarian disaster relief
  • Development of UK disaster response
  • Emergency services: West Midlands emergency preparedness


Session 3: Pre-Hospital Care

Chair: Col Lorraine Greasley, Defence Consultant Advisor in Emergency Care, Defence Medical Services

This session will explore optimising patient care in the pre-hospital environment, particularly for those non-expert healthcare workers who may find that they are delivering care to the very sick or injured for a prolonged period of time with limited resources. Presentations will introduce the innovative use of care paradigms, triage tools, blood and blood products to meet the challenges of prolonged care.


  • Early use of Tranexamic Acid (TxA)
  • A paradigm for delivering prolonged field care
  • An Exertional Heat Injury triage tool in the Jungle.
  • Experiences using Emergency Donor Panels (EDP) in conflict zones

Session 4: Resilience

Chair: Air Cdre Richard Withnall, Head of Research & Clinical Innovation, Defence Medical Services and Gp Capt Di Lamb, Defence Professor of Nursing, Defence Medical Services

For a long time defence has acknowledged that the resilience of its people is fundamental to delivering sustained quality output. These presentations will be of interest to individuals and team leaders who are expected to deliver high quality care under sustained physiological and psychological stress. Evidence supporting innovative strategies for improved psychological resilience and management of stress are discussed.


  • Psychological resilience in women
  • Resilience interventions
  • Stress and seeking help

Day One will close with a networking drinks reception.



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  • The event surpassed our expectations in terms of content and footfall. In addition, DMS’ s presence really helped to boost the medical capability proposition. The visitors that we saw were of high value. A job really well done!
    David Morgan
    Safe Triage
  • The event organised by DMS and Clarion Events proved to be an enormous and valuable centre piece, attracting vast numbers of interested delegates keen to understand the trauma pathway for service personnel injured on operations. A number of potential business opportunities are now being pursued with both UK and foreign delegates.
    Simon Burgess
    Blatchford Clinical Services
  • This is an excellent forum to showcase the latest products to representatives of military from across the globe. It is the ideal location to launch new products and to develop new business opportunities.
    James Lindop