Collaboration between the military and a charity: delivering care to patients, training to defence medical staff and defence engagement overseas

BMJ Mil Health. 2021 Mar 31;bmjmilitary-2020-001476. doi: 10.1136/bmjmilitary-2020-001476. Online ahead of print.


The Royal College of Anaesthetists Military Anaesthesia higher training module was approved in 2008. The opportunities for trainee deployments to operational environments are limited, and while the need to ensure training and demonstrate the unique military skill set remains, these may not be consistently attainable within NHS posts. This paper proposes a template for the successful integration of military training with a charity mission by describing experiences in Addis Ababa over the two weeks of Project Harar's 2020 Complex Surgery Mission. This model not only benefits patients and military trainees by providing opportunities to gain the skills and attributes required by the Armed Services Consultant Appointment Board, but also by projecting the Defence Medical Services on the global stage.

Keywords: anaesthetics; education & training (see medical education & training); oral & maxillofacial surgery.