Military medical policy is continually developing in the light of evidence emerging from the front-line experiences of our deployed medical personnel and coalition allies, and we work closely with the NHS to feed these into clinical practice. For example the “Major Trauma Audit for Clinical Effectiveness” is a process of continuous clinical audit to enable quality improvement; and our weekly “Joint Theatre Clinical Case Conferences” share experience and expertise between clinicians deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and experts in the UK.
The Defence Medical Services have met all their operational commitments and will continue to do so. We have initiatives in hand to recruit into shortfall specialties and, with Department of Health support, encourage volunteering for the medical Reserves. The high standard of life-saving treatment provided in the field is matched by the clinical care provided for those casualties evacuated back to the UK, both at Selly Oak hospital in Birmingham and in MOD's own facilities such as the rehabilitation centre at Headley Court.