Medical Innovation

2–3 October 2018
Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham, UK


Day Two: Wednesday 3 October

Emerging Technologies, Deployed Hospital Care and Rehabilitation

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 Wednesday'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: Emerging Technologies

Chair: Col Nigel Tai, Deputy Medical Director, Defence Medical Services and Surg Capt Rory Rickard, Defence Professor of Surgery, Defence Medical Services

Professor Yang, a leading authority on the development and integration of emerging technologies in medicine will give a keynote address which promises to provide a fascinating glimpse into the future. The morning session will be of interest to those healthcare providers with an interest in the application of emerging biosensor and monitoring technologies to improving the health and healthcare of our patients and workforce.


  • KEYNOTE: Emerging technologies in medicine - Prof Guang-Zhong Yang, Director, The Hamlyn Centre, Imperial College London
  • Developing wearable sensors for austere conditions
  • Microcirculation (sublingual imaging) optic intracranial pressure (ICP)
  • Noise induced hearing loss following injury - How can we mitigate against this?
  • Developments in CBRN medicine

Session 2: Deployed Hospital Care

Chair: Col Peter Mahoney, Emeritus Defence Professor,  Defence Medical Services and Surg Capt Sarah Stapley, Defence Professor of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Defence Medical Services

Sessions 2 and 3 concentrate on innovative medical and surgical developments in deployed hospital care. These presentations will be a blend of medical and surgical innovation drawn from experiences of the military and humanitarian/disaster relief communities. The sessions will be particularly relevant to those who have an interest in deployed surgical care and the diagnosis and management of infection and infectious diseases.


  • Osseointegration – Our current experience
  • Sepsis management
  • Orthopaedic and plastic surgery  (Orthoplastics)  in the humanitarian/disaster relief
  • Rehabilitation in humanitarian relief operations


Session 3: Deployed Hospital Care

Chair: Col Tom Woolley, Defence Professor of Anaesthetic & Critical Care, Defence Medical Services  and Col David Woods, Defence Professor of Medicine, Defence Medical Services


  • Infective disease management
  • Q-fever
  • Heat/Cold injury
  • BioFire film array to detect causes of diarrhoea

Session 4: Rehibilitation

Chair: Col John Etherington, Director of Defence Rehabilitation,  Defence Medical Services and Gp Capt Alex Bennett, Defence Professor for Rehabilitation and Head of Research Hedley Court, Defence Medical Services

Musculoskeletal injuries are a common occupational risk for DMS personnel and a significant amount of clinical time and research effort goes into refining our rehabilitation care pathways. The afternoon session of the second day will introduce some of the innovative rehabilitation solutions for some of the more common disabling injuries which affect our service personnel.


  • Treatment interventions in chronic tendonopathies
  • Low intensity blow-flow restriction - A novel rehabilitation method for musculoskeletal injuries (MSKI)
  • The military hip pain rehabilitation trial          
  • The British off-loading brace – An innovative rehabilitation solution for disabling foot injuries


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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