About Us

North Bristol NHS Trust hosts the Severn Trauma Network (STN) and they are responsible for employing the ODN team and supporting their roles. Oversight and governance arrangements for the Network is provided in partnership with NHS South West Specialised Commissioning.

The Network team includes a Clinical Director, a Network Manager and clinical and managerial leads for the MTC and each TU. There are also other leads for specific clinical areas, for example, rehabilitation and governance.


Network Clinical Director: Professor David Lockey MB BS MD (Res) FFICM FRCA FIMC RCS(Ed) FFSEM

 David is a Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia in Bristol and Clinical Director of Severn Major Trauma Network. He has also worked in various UK Air Ambulances for many years holding leadership, clinical, research and trustee roles in the organisations. He is an Hon. Professor at Bristol University and Hon. Clinical Professor at Queen Mary University London. He has been Chairman of the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care at The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for the past four years and is also on the board of the Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN).


Network Manager: Post currently subject to recruitment


South West Paediatric Clinical Lead: Dr Giles Haythornthwaite MB BS ASM MRCPCH

Giles is a Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. He was the children’s hospital major trauma centre lead from the designation of the children’s hospital in 2014 until he was appointed as the Southwest paediatric network lead in 2020. Giles has worked to raise awareness of major trauma in paediatrics and the consideration of children in the trauma networks. He is a contributor to the trauma component in the APLS course and has suggested changes to improve the safeguarding of children with major trauma at a local and national level. He is a medical advisor to the ICON program which aims to reduce abuse head injuries in children through helping parents cope with infant crying.


 Network Rehabilitation Director: Dr Stephen Novak Bsc (Eng), MBBS, FRCP

Steve is a Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine and Network Director of Rehabilitation for the Severn Major Trauma Network. Member of the Trauma Rehabilitation Special Interest Group of the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine. Previously Clinical Director of the Sussex Rehabilitation Centres. Particular interest in spasticity management, biomechanics and assistive technologies.


Network Governance Lead: Dr Tim Hooper

 Tim is a Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia at Southmead Hospital, North Bristol Trust and Network Quality Governance Lead. He has significant experience in major trauma, both clinically and operationally, and has worked in a variety of healthcare systems. He has previously been a fellow at Baltimore Shock Trauma Centre in the US, flown with several air ambulances (including London) and recently retired from the British Army after 21 years of service having gained extensive operational experience both at home and abroad.


Network Training Lead: Dr Nicola Morgan

Nicki is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Southmead Hospital.


Network Research Lead: Dr Julian Thompson

 Julian is a Consultant in Intensive Care and Anaesthesia at Southmead Hospital Bristol, Associate Professor at the University of Stavanger, Norway, Research Lead for the Severn Major Trauma Network, and Research Lead for the Great Western Air Ambulance.

Julian trained in Oxford and London, completed a doctorate in hypoxia and genetics at University College London and was Executive Director of London’s Air Ambulance from 2011-15. He is Deputy Editor of the Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine and his research interests include pre hospital critical care, major trauma and wilderness medicine.


Network Admin Team

Network Support Manager – Katy Bragg

Network Administrator – Tom Fielder

 Throughout 2019-20 the Severn Trauma Network has worked closely with fellow networks in the NHS England (South) region and with colleagues in Specialised Commissioning to continue a programme of improvement for Major Trauma.

The Network has the following boards/groups which meet regularly:

  • Network Board
  • Network Advisory Group (All Lead Clinicians)
  • Network Rehabilitation Co-ordinators Group
  • TARN Coordinator Group (Peninsula/Severn Trauma Networks)
  • MT M&M (morbidity and mortality) Meeting


The Network Board and MT M&M meets quarterly and Advisory Group meets every 6 weeks. The annual work programme and key quality outcome data are presented and discussed with agreed actions. These are shared with NHSE&I via an oversight arrangement that is taking shape in Autumn 2020. Additional specialist and sub group meetings are convened throughout the year.

There is also a biannual paediatric stakeholder meetings held collaboratively between Peninsula and Severn Trauma Networks, with the paediatric MTC, Bristol.