Trauma Orthopaedic Nursing

QARNNS working in Trauma and Orthopaedic (T&O) Nursing provide high levels of clinical care across both acute secondary care settings and in the rehabilitation environment. This provides the training required to deliver their key operational role leading the nursing management of T&O injuries for battle and non-battle injury casualties, providing expert advice to support the deployed clinical team.


The T&O specialty is quickly developing the management of poly-trauma patients being treated operatively, enabling rapid rehabilitation of patients and incorporating these changes into defence nursing is key for T&O nurses.


On joining or on completion of Trauma and Orthopaedic Specialist Nursing course you will be employed in Defence Medical Group (DMG) clinical units based in Plymouth, Portsmouth, in the  Royal Centre of Defence Medicine based in Birmingham or at the Defence Medical Rehab Centre, currently based in Surrey.


T&O nurses can expect to be employed in various trauma settings, such as Fracture clinics, Outpatients, Rheumatology, Neurosurgical ITU, ED, Rehab, Physiotherapy, Theatres, Paediatrics, Pain clinic, Dietician and Tissue Viability. Work is ongoing to develop additional career pathway including potential advanced practice if required by the Operational Capability.


Operationally you will deploy as a member of the nursing team on the Primary Casualty Receiving Facility (PCRF), RFA Argus. There will also be opportunities for you to deploy in support of LAND based operations.


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