Our story

began in 2014 with a courageous mission for

trauma
care excellence
in Leeds. Today, we exist to make that vital support available to everyone, everywhere.

History of Day One

Day One was created ‘by patients, for patients’ but made possible due to the vision and persistence of the charity’s President, Professor Giannoudis.

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The need for Day One

There are around 20,000 major trauma cases in the UK every year and the average age of patients is just under 40 years old. With more people surviving major trauma, there is a greater need to provide holistic support so that everyone can make the best possible recovery.

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Bold ambitions from Day One

Day One’s vision is that everyone affected by major physical trauma is supported to navigate the challenges that they and their families face without feeling alone. Since 2012 the charity has provided its services to patients admitted to the Major Trauma Centre at Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust and allied members of the West Yorkshire Major Trauma Network.

Our ambition

Our ambition is to roll out our proven model of support to all other 27 Major Trauma Networks and to have a presence in every Major Trauma Centre in the UK, ensuring that every patient affected by major traumatic injury in England can benefit from the advice and support they may need to embark on and improve their recovery journey. Our ambition includes creating a national network of Peer Supporters, a virtual community of people with ‘lived experience’ of major trauma who can provide a source of hope and inspiration to each other, as well as help inform improvements in NHS clinical care.

Help us get Day One in your area

Patients + families

Let us know how Day One in your area would benefit you. This will help to strengthen our approaches to potential NHS Trusts to work with us. We may also be able to provide some support irrespective of where you are.

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Healthcare professionals

If you work with people affected by major traumatic injury and would like to find out more about how to get Day One Trauma Care in your area, please get in touch.

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Our funders

We are grateful for the support from each and every one of you that has donated and fundraised to help us grow. Find out more about the transformational support we received in 2020.

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Our people

President + Founder

Professor Giannoudis was appointed Professor in Trauma and Orthopaedics at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust in 2004.

Professor Giannoudis formed Day One in 2014 with the support of his patients, with the ambition of helping trauma patients through their recovery and to rebuild their lives.

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Patrons + Trustees

Core staff

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