Role of coordinators in national and international major trauma services
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Role of coordinators in national and international major trauma services

Jessica Ross Staff nurse, Queen’s Medical Centre emergency department, Nottingham
Nichola Ashby Lead lecturer, critical care and trauma care, University of Nottingham

Major trauma services in the UK underwent reform in April 2012, following reports that trauma care in England was ‘unacceptable’ and in need of desperate change, and urgent recommendations were made to improve coordination, costs, and information about trauma care to avoid unnecessary deaths. Following the reconfiguration of services, NHS England highlighted the need for nurse key-workers, or coordinators, to support patients through the major trauma pathway and into rehabilitation. This article examines the literature on the coordinator role to understand its function in UK and international major trauma networks.

Emergency Nurse. 24, 8, 22-25. doi: 10.7748/en.2016.e1625


Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 30 July 2016

Accepted: 25 August 2016

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