Revised mass casualty plan launched

Friday 12th July 2019

Innovations in the delivery of integrated, multispecialty care for severely injured patients have received high praise from the Scottish Government.

Attending the second annual Scottish trauma network (STN) event where developments related to Scotland’s new trauma system are being showcased, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Jeane Freeman, told delegates the new approach being taken across Scotland is “an exemplar piece of work…evolving across the country, thanks to the innovative work of the Scottish trauma network.”

A revised major incident and mass casualty plan was launched at the conference, to be ready for implementation from the 1st September this year.

Described by depute head of the Scottish Government’s health resilience unit, Ray de Souza, as a “concept of operations rather than a plan”, it aims to ‘remove the anxiety of decision making from responders by providing the crucial reassurance to their teams that they are supported in the role they play’.

The importance of psychological as well as physical care is emphasised in the new plan, which draws on learning from large scale incidents in recent years.

Plans to establish four new trauma centres in Scotland to improve the quality and consistency of care were announced by the Scottish Government in 2014 – two of which are already in operation in Aberdeen and Dundee.

£17m was recently committed for the development of trauma services in the west of Scotland.

A range of key stakeholders in trauma care addressed delegates, including Professor Mansoor Ali Khan, surgeon commander in the Royal Navy and consultant trauma surgeon at the North West London major trauma centre, and NHSScotland chief executive, Malcolm Wright.

Naomi Davis, associate medical director at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital spoke about the Manchester Arena attack in 2017 and how services are delivered two years on.