Medical Innovation

2–3 October 2018
Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham, UK

07 Mar 2018

Medical Innovation 2018 Launched

A platform to inspire medical innovation that improves patient outcomes

Medical Innovation event will present the very latest research and innovation from civilian and military healthcare professionals with a focus on improving patient outcomes during prolonged care

The popular Trauma Innovation event, now called Medical Innovation, has announced that it will broaden its focus in 2018. This October’s edition will reflect the evolution of medical capabilities and provide both civilian and military healthcare professionals with an opportunity to learn about the latest innovations in remote diagnostics, prolonged care and other pioneering innovations that improve patient outcomes.

Organised by Clarion Events – that runs the biennial DSEI show – and produced in partnership with Defence Medical Services (DMS), Medical Innovation will explore the clinical management of critically ill and injured patients from preparedness through to rehabilitation through the lens of prolonged care. 

The theme of prolonged care will run throughout the two days with Medical Innovation 2018 providing an invaluable opportunity to nurture collaborative partnerships and share best medical practice across the military, humanitarian and emergency healthcare communities. The event – running at Edgbaston Stadium from 2-3 October – will help to consolidate knowledge and provide insight into the world of emerging medical technologies.

Lt Col Jonathan Francis, the implementation lead at DMS, commented: “The renaming of this event and the broadening of its focus reflects the wide scope of healthcare delivery. Medical Innovation will introduce delegates to a range of pioneering advances that aim to increase the patient’s resilience, their response to injury or illness and improve their outcome moving forwards.”

Knowledge through collaboration

Medical Innovation 2018 will offer an opportunity for military, humanitarian and emergency healthcare providers and planners to share research and experience innovations in medical practice and processes through national and international partnerships.

The conference will explore aspects of the patient and the career journey and introduce some of the research and innovation that seeks to improve outcomes for both. Expert speakers from DMS’ national and international collaborators will illustrate challenges and innovative solutions with real-life vignettes.

Day 1 will focus on preparedness and pre-hospital care from the perspective of the patient and the healthcare provider. Speakers will explore the physical, physiological and psychological innovations that may potentially improve outcome and cultivate resilience, as well as the advances in delivering high quality care in austere environments and the novel solutions being explored in resuscitation, transfusion and patient care.

Day 2 will explore innovation in the realm of advanced medical and surgical prehospital care. Keynote speaker, Professor Guang-Zhong Yang from Imperial College London, will start the day with a fascinating insight into emerging medical technologies. Other sessions will include the use of novel patient testing and advances in medical management, as well as research from defence institutions. Civilian collaborative partnerships will illustrate the innovations in damage control and resuscitation surgery, while international experts will explore how the implementation of robotics, artificial intelligence, physiological sensors and imaging can help meet the challenges of the future operational environment.

Additionally, the British Army’s Ice Maiden team, which recently became the first all-female team to cross Antarctica using muscle power alone, will also be present. They will discuss their participation in a collaborative research project that monitored their physical performance for the duration of the 62 day expedition. The potential benefits to the wider healthcare community will be presented during the conference.

Air Commodore Richard Withnall QHS, DMS Medical Director, added: “Medical Innovation is a unique cross-sector conference that links multiple organisations bound by a common drive to push the boundaries of conventional medicine. Showcasing emergent technology and highlighting advances in prolonged care, Medical Innovation will set the scene for cross-agency collaboration and represent the myriad of advances made in the care of patients away from established medical facilities.

Find the newest healthcare technologies

Alongside the conference sessions, 40 leading healthcare suppliers will demonstrate innovations, including new technologies, training equipment and armamentarium. For anyone looking for emerging technologies that help improve the care of the critically ill or injured patients, and improve outcome where conflict, disaster or geographical location prevent timely evacuation to definitive care, there is no better place to be.

Jonathan Evans from ABHI said: “The HealthTech companies we represent have a broad array of innovative solutions that can be delivered effectively in acute and long-term settings, and Medical Innovation is the ideal forum to display their capabilities. The event continues to go from strength to strength and is a great platform for connecting our sector with those clinicians working on the front line.”

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Notes to editors:

For further information or to request interviews with the event’s speakers please contact Beki McVicker at Storm Communications on +44 (0)20 7240 2444 or email

About Medical Innovation

Organised by Clarion Events, Medical Innovation is part of an award-winning portfolio of events and is renowned for demonstrating innovative military medical capabilities. The event, organised in partnership with MOD Defence Medical Services, is Europe's Leading forum for military, humanitarian and emergency medical healthcare professionals. The event is held annually in the UK and will next take place on 2-3 October 2018. To find out more, visit

In 2017 Medical Innovation took place alongside Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI), the world's largest land, sea and air defence and security exhibition held biennially in London, next taking place on 10-13 September 2019. To learn more, visit

Clarion Events is the largest independent and one of the top three events organising companies in the United Kingdom, running exhibitions, conferences and seated events across UK, Europe, the Americas, Middle East and Asia. To learn more, visit

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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