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Transforming the future of trauma care

Research from Day One

We want people who have suffered major trauma to have the chance to influence research and the future of trauma care. Day One is highly respected for its work in this field and works with some key partners to influence the future of care for major trauma patients.

James Lind Alliance

The James Lind Alliance (JLA) is a non-profit making initiative bringing patients, carers and clinicians together in JLA Priority Setting Partnerships (PSPs). The JLA PSPs identify and prioritise unanswered questions or evidence uncertainties that they agree are the most important, so that health research funders are aware of the issues that matter most to the people who need to use the research in their everyday lives.

A group of Day One Peer Support Volunteers with lived experience of major trauma, and Day One Trustee Dr Louise Johnson contributed through steering groups to a three-year research project published in the British Medical Journal Open. The study determines the top research priorities for the management of major trauma.

Find out more and read the study

"We discussed a huge number of possible research projects that could be undertaken to investigate areas of best practice for patients who had suffered a major traumatic injury. I felt a little daunted meeting the doctors and healthcare professionals at first, but the JLA chairperson and the lead clinicians were very keen to ensure that everyone's opinion was equal.

"Overall, I felt that I had contributed, in a small way, to let the professionals know what it is like to have suffered an injury and to let them know what I, as a patient, felt was important to me and so could let them know what I considered would be valuable research, for example pain management before getting to hospital."

Scott Johnston, Day One Peer Support Volunteer and study participant

#RightToRehab Campaign

It is vital that rehabilitation forms a core part of NHS future planning. The next government must make a commitment to rehabilitation as an equal pillar of health care to medicines and surgery. That’s why we’ve signed a letter to the main political parties urging the next government to prioritise NHS rehab.

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The Collaborative Library

The Collaborative Library is an organisation that aims to link up people who do scientific research and those who are interested in the outcomes to spread the word and drive innovation. The lay summaries of papers on the Collaborative Library website are a fantastic way for patients to engage with scientific research that’s relevant to them. Day One became a partner organisation of The Collaborative Library in February 2023 to help produce lay summaries of research around major trauma.

Find out more and access lay summaries

British Orthopaedic Association

Day One has represented the ‘patient voice’ at the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) national trauma committee. We have also been invited to the last two BOA Annual Congresses. CEO Lucy Nickson presented to the BOA annual congress in 2022 on the patient voice and the experience of major trauma patients after surgery.

Find out more about the BOA

Do you have a story to tell about rehabilitation and recovery after complex fractures?

lead researcher, Lucy Silvester is interested in people who have had complex fractures following a traumatic injury. Complex fractures are badly broken bones requiring specialist treatment in hospital. We want to know your experiences of rehabilitation and/or lack of rehabilitation (e.g. physiotherapy, counselling) after leaving hospital, and what you feel is most important to your recovery. The study’s results will be used to help inform clinical practice and develop a rehabilitation programme designed to meet people’s needs.

Who can take part?

•Adults 18 years and over

•Traumatic injury e.g. road traffic accident, fall, assault, work or recreational injury

•Complex fractures (badly broken bones) requiring a stay in hospital

•Between 3 to 12 months since your injury

What does it involve:

•One interview for approximately 45 minutes at a date and time that is good for you

•The interview can be done by videoconference (e.g. TEAMS, Zoom), telephone or in person. It is your choice.

•You will get a £25 shopping voucher to thank you for your time

All content will be anonymised with no identifiable information

Contact lead researcher, Lucy Silvester if you're interested in taking part or would like to find out more

Doctoral Thesis - Liam Smith, University of Leeds

Research aims

This research primarily aims to explore the experiences of young adults, aged 16-25, who have sustained injuries as a result of major trauma. The research aims are;

  • To explore young adults’ psychological adjustment to acquired injuries following Major Trauma.
  • To understand how young adults adjust to living with their injuries.
  • To inform current post-injury psychological support for young adults following major trauma.

The research team

Liam Smith will lead the current research, supervised by colleagues at the University of Leeds (Dr David Turgoose) and the Leeds Major Trauma Team (Dr Louise Johnson). Liam is a Psychologist in Clinical Training and is conducting this research as his doctoral thesis.

Day One involvement in the research

The charity’s involvement is central to the research, as they are supporting the researchers to design the study and personalise it to empower those with life-changing injuries. The research team believe that working collaboratively with people who have lived experience of major trauma will ensure that the research is relevant for people who have experienced major trauma and is suitably accessible for this population.

This involvement includes;

  • Developing and reviewing participant information sheets and consent forms
  • Developing questions to ask participants in the research
  • Informing the interview procedure to make this as comfortable and accessible as possible for participants
  • Helping to share the findings of the research once completed

The research team are currently running focus groups with volunteers from Day One Trauma Support to achieve these aims and hope to begin the research mid-2024, with completion planned for 2025.

Since you’re here…

…we have a small favour to ask.

More people than ever need Day One’s support, but we don’t have the income to keep up with demand.

We’re determined to help people rebuild their lives after a catastrophic injury, wherever they are in the country.

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