Speaker: Colonel Tim Hodgetts - Medical Director, NATO Allied Rapid Reaction Corps and Honorary Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Birmingham
Series: The Dean's Lecture Series
A revolutionary approach to improving combat casualty care.
Military medicine has historically advanced in war, with advances subsequently transferred to civilian healthcare.
This lecture will examine whether the medical advances during contemporary conflicts in concepts, clinical practice, system organisation and technology constitute a genuine 'Revolution in Military Medical Affairs (RM2A)'. A new theory is introduced, the Homunculus Casualty Theory, to determine if advances have been appropriately matched to clinical need. How the NHS can benefit from recent innovation will be discussed, together with a prediction of the Future Character of Military Medicine and how this can shape the direction for continuing development.
Colonel Tim Hodgetts CBE OStJ PhD MMEd MBA CMgr FRCP FRCSEd FCEM FIMCRCSEd FIHM FRGS, qualified in 1986 and specialised in emergency medicine, becoming consultant in 1995 and professor in 1998. He has held chairs in Emergency Medicine at the European Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (1998-2001) and the University of Birmingham (2001-date); he was the inaugural Defence Professor of Emergency Medicine at the College of Emergency Medicine (2008-10) and the Penman Foundation Professor of Surgery in 2011. He has led the specialty of emergency medicine in the military from infancy to maturity. Operational service includes tours in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Oman, Iraq (x4) and Afghanistan (x3).
Tim's passion has been the development of national and international training programmes in first aid, pre-hospital care, trauma and disaster medicine for military and civilian audiences. He was made Officer of the Order of St John in 1999 for services to medical education and humanity, and Commander of the British Empire in 2009 for championing broad advances to improve survival in combat casualty care. In 2006 he was the national Hospital Doctor of the Year and in 2010 he received the Danish Defence Medal for Meritorious Service for his clinical leadership in a multinational field hospital in Afghanistan. He is widely published in the field of emergency medicine.