Bridges research and development projects

New multidisciplinary training and improvement package for Major Trauma staff

Following the development and launch of the ‘Bridges to Recovery After Major Trauma book’ at St. George’s Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, we have developed a new training package for multidisciplinary Major Trauma teams

Since 2015 we have worked with patients, families and staff from St. George’s Major Trauma Centre (MTC) to develop a multidisciplinary training and improvement package that enhances person-centred care through self-management support strategies early after major trauma.  Starting self-management support early can better prepare patients and families for discharge from the trauma unit and life beyond.  This is best achieved when a multidisciplinary team works together to create a shared understanding of early self-management support and what it looks like in their service.

We are committed to working with teams to create and sustain lasting change and our training and improvement approach is defined through five stages: discovery, learning zone 1, transform, learning zone 2 and onwards.  You can read more about our five-stage approach on page 3 of our training flyer

Our two-stage, brief training is co-delivered by a Bridges facilitator with expertise in delivering training to multidisciplinary teams, and ex-trauma patient Evi, who has contributed her story to the Bridges to recovery after major trauma book.  The book forms part of the training and improvement package and was co-produced with eleven trauma patients and their families and friends (the authors) from St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Major Trauma Centre over a period of two years.  It features their stories, hints, tips and advice for recovery to create a handy book encouraging them to cope with the ups and downs of life after a major trauma. 

Each team or service will receive a supply of these books through the training and improvement package which will benefit patients and families, and the multidisciplinary team.  The insights gained from patients and families about the self-management support that is important to them early after major trauma changes the way care and rehabilitation is delivered. For example:

- all staff members, no matter what their grade or profession, feeling more confident to answer patient and family questions about recovery

- staff understanding ways they can empower patients and families through the conversations they have with them and tasks they help them to perform

- ways the team can better prepare patients and families for discharge from hospital, and

- ways that person-centred goal setting and treatment planning can be approached.

The training and improvement package usually takes 4 months to implement and up to 100 staff can be trained. The process and costs are clearly outlined in the training flyer.  Please get in touch as we are very happy to talk you through the process and answer any questions that you have.

Relevant links

Blog post - launching the trauma book at St. George's MTC

Co-designing the trauma book at ST. George's MTC


To find out more about our published research