National Clinical Director for Trauma Care

Professor Keith Willett was appointed as the first National Clinical Director for Trauma Care on 1 April 2009.Keith Willett

  • provides: extensive experience of trauma care and medical management
  • ensures: trauma care is co-ordinated across disciplines
  • contributes: wide ranging experience and a research portfolio in trauma care and outcomes
  • is responsible for: strategic direction and ensuring that each stage of trauma care follows seamlessly

About Professor Keith Willett: He is Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery at the University of Oxford and continues to work as Honorary Consultant Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

Keith is the co-founder of the unique consultant delivered Oxford Trauma Service established in 1993. In 2003 he founded the Kadoorie Centre for Critical Care Research and Education focusing on outcomes of treatment in the injured patient, and established the Oxford Trauma Research Group.

He has an extensive research portfolio stretching from fracture biomechanics and orthopaedic trauma surgery techniques to accident prevention and fractures in the elderly.

Keith explained his vision for the role of National Clinical Director for Trauma Care: “When I completed higher surgical training in 1991, I vowed that injured patients should receive far better care than I had witnessed and that my trainees should never have to learn trauma surgery the way I had. The range and complexities of injuries, individual patient needs and surgical decision-making demand the input of committed consultants and 24-hour rapid access to specialist care.”

“The priority in improving trauma care in the UK now is to look at the care quality issues of two very different patient groups: the older patient with a fragility fracture and the seriously-injured patient. In both groups we need to take a more co-ordinated view and break down any barriers between professional teams. This will ensure that patients are treated by the best professional team for each stage of their care – from initial treatment, to rehabilitation and on to eventual discharge – seamlessly moving from one team to the next as their condition allows.”

“I know that putting in place the systems and processes to deliver and ensure high quality care for these two groups with have the broader effect of improving the care of all injured patients in this country.”

Keith is in Clinical Policy and Strategy Division of NHS Medical Directorate focusing on improving the outcome for patients with fragility fractures and working with SHAs to develop their trauma networks. His team work closely with the Social Care and Urgent and Emergency Care Colleagues.

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