Science on Your Doorstep: Keith Willett – Transformation, Terrorism and Trauma in the NHS

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Tuesday, 5th February 2019
7.30PM - 8.30PM
Suitable for over 14s
Free (donations welcome)
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Join us for a new season of Science on Your Doorstep, where we shine a spotlight on fascinating people living and working in Headington around the site of our new Science Oxford Centre opening later this year. This February 2019 we welcome the eminent Keith Willett, Medical Director for Acute Care and Emergency Preparedness to NHS England, Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery at the University of Oxford and Headington resident, who will be talking to us about his role in transforming the NHS, terrorism, trauma surgery and much, much more.


An NHS consultant surgeon for 24 years, Keith has extensive experience of trauma care, driving service transformation and healthcare management. He has taught surgery and leadership extensively across the NHS and internationally.

In 2003 he founded the Kadoorie Centre for Critical Care Research and Education focusing on the treatment of critically ill and injured patients. This year IMPS, a children’s safety charity he launched, celebrated 20 years and over 250,000 children trained in risk awareness, first aid and life support.

Keith was the co-founder of the unique 24-hour consultant-resident Oxford Trauma Service at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford in 1994. Building on that model, in 2009 he was appointed the first National Clinical Director for Trauma Care to the Department of Health and was charged with developing and implementing government policy across the NHS to radically improve the care of older people with fragility hip fractures and to establish Regional Trauma Networks and Major Trauma Centres. By 2012 both re-organisations and care pathways were successfully in place and are now credited with marked improvement in patient care and survival.

In his current role he has the national medical oversight of acute NHS services ranging from pre-hospital and ambulance services, emergency departments, urgent surgery, acute medicine, children’s and maternity, armed forces, and health and justice services and national major incidents. He is now leading the transformation of the urgent and emergency care services across the NHS in England.

He was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Years Honour’s List in 2016 for services to the NHS. On receiving this honour he said “I have been exceptionally privileged to build a career as part of the collective commitment of so many dedicated individuals and friends who are our NHS”.

The event is free to attend, but you are invited to make a donation towards a special fund we’re setting up to support disadvantaged schools across the region. The fund will help these schools with their travel costs, to enable them to come and enjoy the new Science Oxford Centre.

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London Road, Oxford, OX3 9ED

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