Medical Innovation aims to showcase the current research activity and clinical innovation of military and civilian personnel to enhance resilience. As a concept, resilience is complex. It is a relatively abstract term with various definitions that are entirely reliant upon the context to which it is applied; whether that be as a process, a patient outcome or a behavioural trait. However, what is clear is the importance placed upon enhancing resilience in the workplace.
The intent of this conference was to provide healthcare professionals with an opportunity to share novel ideas and a greater understanding of how their engagement with the multidisciplinary construct of resilience is transforming care in a multitude of settings, both in the UK and overseas. The programme aimed to encourage collaboration between military and civilian organisations and appealed to those with an interest in supporting personnel irrespective of their role along the entire patient care pathway.
“DSEI is the world leading Defence and Security event, it offers an unparalleled opportunity to meet with our national and international colleagues as well as interface with the global defence supply chain. The Defence Medical Services proudly sits at the heart of the Medical Hub within the Joint Zone. We will be showcasing a range of innovative developments to how we both prepare our personnel for operations and strive to deliver the very best standards of care to our patients, both at home and when overseas. Novel approaches to training and clinical support will be presented as well as a chance for visitors to engage with the jHubMed, the medical-specific innovation unit that seeks to deliver capability into the hands of users at pace.
The overriding theme of our contribution is that of enhancing resilience. Our strategic conference, Medical Innovation, is being held on Day 1 of DSEI and will frame our activities in this area with a broad range of presentations addressing organisational resilience and developments in enhancing wellbeing, preparedness and the workforce structure. We are pleased to be joined, both in the exhibition and conference, by leaders of the study that underpins the expansion of the female role in Defence.”
Air Vice-Marshal Alastair Reid, Surgeon General, Defence Medical Services
“Resilience is often described as the capacity to recover quickly following exposure to challenging circumstances. Medical Innovation 2019, and the accompanying UK Defence Medical Services (DMS) element within DSEI 2019, will explore how resilience can be enhanced in order to optimise the quality of care afforded to patients and the support available to their care-givers. Lessons learned from the past, ground-breaking research, and cutting-edge clinical innovations will be presented by nationally and internationally-renowned clinicians, academics and healthcare managers. Unique perspectives will be shared of: the tenets that underpin psychological, physical and social wellbeing; clinical, training and occupational factors that may enhance preparedness; and initiatives to best support changing workforce structures, including Optimising Physical Performance and the TrainHER campaign regarding Service women’s health. Through the depth and breadth of its programme, Medical Innovation 2019 will build personal and organisational resilience as the DMS and NHS stand together in the face of contemporary challenges.”
Air Cdre Richard Withnall, Head of Research and Clinical Innovation, Defence Medical Services
Medical Innovation 2019 has been accredited with 8 CPD points, awarded by the Defence Deanery, Defence Healthcare Education and Training.