The Chavasse Report
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Inspired by the selfless heroism of Captain Noel Chavasse VC and Bar, a doctor who valued the care and wellbeing of his men above all else, and who gave his life rescuing and caring for others on the battlefields of World War I, Professor Tim Briggs’ Chavasse Report highlights areas where we can and should do more for those injured during and as a result of active service.
The Chavasse Report aims to ensure better and greater continuity of care for those people severely wounded in action or suffering debilitating musculoskeletal infirmity as a consequence of their military service. Not only does it highlight the problems around the management of musculoskeletal injuries, the most common cause of downgrading and discharge from the forces, but also suggests the solutions. It emphasises the need for a network of NHS hospitals to provide care for veterans and proposes setting up a number of NHS Veteran Rehabilitation units, linked to those within the military, to make sure of a seamless transition of care and shared learning between the Defence Medical Services and the NHS. This will improve care for all patients and provide a very much more consistent approach to rehabilitation.
About the Author
Professor Tim Briggs
Professor Briggs is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon and was appointed National Director for Clinical Improvement and Elective Recovery for NHS England in November 2022. He is Chair of the GIRFT programme and leads the roll out of GIRFT methodology across all surgical and medical specialties.
Tim was appointed to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital as a consultant in 1992. His specialist interests are in orthopaedic oncology as well as surgery to the hip and knee. He was medical director at the RNOH for 15 years, ensuring a re-build, and was president of the British Orthopaedic Association in 2014.
He is also chair and national lead of the Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA) and Honorary Colonel of 202 (Midlands) Field Hospital RAMC.
He was made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List for services to the surgical profession.