Spotlight on knife crime


Tuesday 31 July 2018

Half Day

Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
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about this event

The current epidemic of knife crime in the UK raises a number of issues surrounding causation, prevention, and from a medical point of view, dealing with the casualties.

Knife crime in the UK is becoming a big public issue. England and Wales have seen the largest recorded increase of 22% - this figure was revealed amid a spate of stabbings in London earlier this year. In 2017, 40,000 offences involving knives or sharp weapons were recorded by police - the highest level in 7 years - gun crime has also increased by 11% to 6,600 offences.

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) have noticed a trend of 'high-harm' violence over the past 2 years. This includes homicide, knife crime and gun crime. 

This topical afternoon meeting will examine important lessons that can be learnt from the emergency management of stab wounds admitted to major trauma centres, and look at ways we can address this crisis. Anybody is welcome to attend.

Key Speakers

We have a range of high profile key speakers attending this meeting, from Vascular and Trauma Surgeons, to members of the Police Force and Advanced Paramedic Practitioners. To name a few: 

  • Mr Mansoor Khan, Consultant Trauma Surgeon and Senior Lecturer in Military Surgery

    Mansoor Khan MBBS(Lond) PhD FRCS(GenSurg) FEBS(GenSurg) FACS AKC is a Consultant Trauma Surgeon at the North West London Major Trauma Centre based at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington as well as a Surgeon Commander in the Royal Navy. 

  • Ms Alexa Bradley, Crime Statistics and Analysis, Office for National Statistics
    Alexa Bradley has worked at the Office for National Statistics for 14 years, nearly 10 of which were spent working on the 2011 Census. Alexa has been working in the Crime Statistics and Analysis team for the last 3 years.

Topics include: 

  • Contributing and geographical factors to the rise of knife crime in the UK
  • After effects of knife crime on the community and on an individual basis
  • How emergency services cope with being on the frontline of knife crime victims
  • The pattern of knife crime injuries and how this has changed over time
  • Vascular, chest and renal injuries and visceral trauma management
  • Learning from others that have combat knife crime

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1.00 pm

Registration, tea and coffee

1.30 pm

Welcome and introduction

Professor Roger Kirby, Chairman, Academic Board, Royal Society of Medicine

The scale of the problem

Professor Roger Kirby, Chairman, Academic Board, Royal Society of Medicine

1.35 pm

What do we know about knife crime in England and Wales?

Ms Alexa Bradley, Deputy Head of Crime Statistics and Analysis, Office for National Statistics

1.50 pm

Learning from others: How Scotland reduced their incidence of knife crime

Dr Christine Goodall, Medics Against Violence and Senior Clinical Lecturer Oral Surgery, University of Glasgow

2.05 pm

The sequelae of stab wounds from a case officer's point of view

Ds Devan Taylor, Homicide and Serious Crime Command, Metropolitan Police

2.15 pm

Panel discussion

What can we learn?

Mr Mansoor Khan, Consultant Trauma Surgeon, Imperial College NHS Trust

2.25 pm

Being at the frontline of knife crime: Resuscitation of casualties at the scene and rapid transportation of victims to trauma centres

Mr Kenneth Crossley, Advanced Paramedic Practitioner, London Ambulance Service NHS Trust

2.40 pm

Has the pattern of injury from knife crime changed over time?

Mr Duncan Bew, Trauma Surgeon and Clinical Director of Major Trauma, Kings College Hospital

2.55 pm

Panel discussion

3.10 pm

Tea and coffee break

What can we learn? continued

Professor David Lockey, Chairman, Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

3.30 pm

Case discussion: Managing vascular Injuries

Mr Christopher Aylwin, Consultant Vascular and Trauma Surgeon, St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

3.45 pm

Case discussion: Managing chest injuries

Mr Mansoor Khan, Consultant Trauma Surgeon and Senior Lecturer in Military Surgery, St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

4.00 pm

Case discussion: Managing visceral trauma

Mr Adam Brooks, Consultant Hepatobiliary and Major Trauma Surgeon, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

4.15 pm

Case discussion: Managing penetrating renal injuries

Mr Christian Brown, Consultant Urologist, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

4.30 pm

Panel discussion

Moving forward: What can we do to tackle the problem?

Ms Kaji Sritharan, Associate Dean, Royal Society of Medicine

4.45 pm

A public health approach to knife crime in London

Commander David Musker, Operations Front Line Policing, New Scotland Yard

4.55 pm

The political perspective

Mr Steven Norris, Former Conservative Minister for Transport

5.05 pm

Why is there an increase in knife crime? What can be done?

Professor Jonathan Shepherd, Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Cardiff University

5.15 pm

Safer knives: From suicide reduction to homicide reduction

Dr John Crichton, Chair, Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland and Vice-President, Royal College of Psychiatrists

5.25 pm

Panel discussion

5.55 pm

Summary and conclusions

Ms Kaji Sritharan, Associate Dean, Royal Society of Medicine

6.00 pm

Drinks reception and close of meeting

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