The publication by NHS England of the ‘National Peer Review Programme: Major Trauma Measures’ in 2014 established the principle of ensuring provision of a trauma trained nurse 24/7 in the Emergency Department. The specific inclusion of nursing in the major trauma measures was welcomed and indeed well overdue. Further, it became clear that there was the desire and commitment to have a National Major Trauma Nursing Group (NMTNG). The primary driver was the need to develop a thorough ‘trauma measure’ detailing the educational and competency standards from junior nurse/AHP through to the Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) in the continuum of trauma clinical settings.
We held our first meeting on the 1st July 2015 which was kindly hosted and continues to be supported by the Midlands Critical Care and Trauma Networks. The NMTNG brings together nurses from all major trauma networks in England and also has representation from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and the UK Armed Forces. The group aims to represent and develop national standards for trauma nursing from the point of injury through to rehabilitation.
The key objectives of the group are:
To engage all those involved in the provision of nursing services to severely injured adults and children to produce improvements in care.
To share common issues and best practice.
To develop standards for trauma nursing throughout the patient pathway.
To advise on local, regional and national guidance and commissioning related to trauma nursing.
To work in conjunction with and make recommendation to the National Major Trauma Clinical Reference Group and the Major Trauma Networks.