Our Work

The Major Trauma ODN is clinically driven and supports a culture of collaboration. The success of the Network relies on the engagement and commitment from the participant members to drive forward agreed outcomes and identify areas for continuous quality improvement.  The Major Trauma Service Specification outlines the standards of care expected from organisations who provide specialist care to people following major trauma. It covers the entire patient journey from pre-hospital to rehabilitation, and focuses on both the physical and psychological recovery from major trauma.


In addition to the National Service Specification, NHSE Major Trauma & Burns Clinical Reference Group have approved a number of quality indicators which are key to the operational functions of the Network.  These indicators include:

  • A governance group to provide oversight and monitoring
  • Specific protocols for the safe and rapid transfer of patients to specialist care and repatriation
  • Specialist pathways for adults and children covering referral, diagnosis and treatment for specific conditions and injuries
  • Agreed regional emergency preparedness plans for the management of mass casualties
  • Network lead for rehabilitation and experience in trauma rehabilitation
  • Training and education strategy in place which is reviewed as part of ongoing oversight and governance of the Network.


The current Network work-stream priorities are focused on the following areas:

  • Network Governance
    • To ensure excellent data submission to the national trauma registry
    • Using the data to help inform governance activity and opportunities for learning.
  • Network Training
    • We are continuing to prioritise staff training but in light of COVID exploring new and innovative ways to deliver training programmes with neighbouring ODN’s.
  • Clinical Performance
    • Assurance that Major Trauma services and the ODN are compliant with national standards through peer review, dashboard validation and benchmarking from pre-hospital care through to rehabilitation and beyond
    • The ODN is committed to reducing variation, so all patients receive the highest level of care irrespective of geography
    • The ODN recognises it has an aging population and has a focus on frailty care pathways
  • Innovation
    • The ODN actively links with partner organisations on various health promotion and trauma prevention programmes (such as violence reduction, road safety, falls prevention and alcohol reduction).


For further information on the Severn Major Trauma Operational Delivery Network please visit: https://www.nbt.nhs.uk/severn-major-trauma