About this event

  • Date and time Mon 7 Dec 2020 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Military Medicine

The Colt Foundation Research and Innovation Meeting highlights the academic work being carried out in the Defence Medical Services, alongside the longstanding Colt Foundation Research Prize which is awarded for outstanding research.

The meeting features speakers who are at the forefront of their fields and whose work is of relevance to the military in this time of contingency operations. The focus of the day is on podium presentations of research by the Colt Foundation Research Prize finalists and the Quality Improvement Prize finalists.

We will present military medicine research which defines defence medicine as a leader in research and innovation and will inspire future research in military medicine. 

In addition to the annual Colt Foundation Research Prize, two additional prize sections have been added and will be presented at this event:

  • The Colt Foundation Quality Improvement Prize
  • The RSM Military Council Essay Prize

Attendance is encouraged for all those with an interested in medical research, military medicine, or both.

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Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

We would like to thank the Colt Foundation for their generous support of this meeting.

Key speakers

Air Commodore Richard Withnall Air Commodore QHS OStJ

Head of Research and Clinical Innovation, Defence Medical Services

Group Captain Di Lamb

Defence Professor of Nursing, Defence Medical Services, UK Ministry of Defence

Colonel Ian Gurney

Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Defence Medical Services and University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Greta Westwood

Professor Greta Westwood

Chief Executive Officer at Florence Nightingale Foundation and Registered Nurse

Speaker's biography

Professor Greta Westwood was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Florence Nightingale Foundation in September 2019. She qualified as a nurse in 1983 and a midwife in 1987. She completed an MSc in Health Psychology in 1996 and a PhD in Nursing in 2010. Greta was one of the first genetic counsellors for the Wessex Clinical Genetics Service from 1987-2007 and was part of the team who established the Association of Genetic Nurses and Counsellors (AGNC). She held a joint Clinical Academic post with the University of Southampton from 2000-2005. From 2008-2012, she established, and then led, the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Comprehensive Local Research Network (now NIHR Wessex CRN).

Greta held a joint post (2012-2017) with Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust (PHT) and the University of Southampton as Director of Clinical Academic Practice for the university and NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Wessex. She led the university’s clinical academic training programme for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals and was promoted to Professor for this work. Greta joined the Florence Nightingale Foundation in 2017 as the Chief Operating Officer and has been the CEO since September 2019. Greta is a proud Registered Nurse and a Florence Nightingale Foundation Alumna (2012 Leadership Scholar).

Professor Ian Roberts

Professor of Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Speaker's biography

Ian Roberts is Professor of Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He trained as a paediatrician in the UK and then in epidemiology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and McGill University, Canada. He is a clinical academic who works collaboratively with health professionals world-wide to conduct large multi-centre clinical trials aimed at improving patient outcomes in life threatening emergencies. He works with others to build global research partnerships to answer questions together that could not be answered by anyone working alone. He has played lead roles in several large trials including the CRASH trials and the Woman trial.


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Surgeon Commander Ed Barnard, Honorary Secretary, Military Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine


Air Commodore Richard Withnall QHS OStJ, Head of Research and Clinical Innovation, UK Defence Medical Services

Quality improvement prize introduction

Group Captain Di Lamb, Defence Professor of Nursing, Defence Medical Services, UK Ministry of Defence

Quality improvement prize presentations

A Quality Improvement Project in improving the management of non-major trauma patients with suspected cervical spine injury in a major trauma centre
Major Jon Barratt

Telerehabilitation on OP CABRIT
Captain Harry Claireaux

Improving Patient Experience in the Emergency Department during COVID-19
Lieutenant Colonel Elizabeth Frost

Missing the point… Combat Medical Technicians’ training currently focuses more on stingray attacks than on mental health problems. A CMT-initiated solution
Lance Corporal Danielle Osbourne (and Captain Ian Bertram)

Improving the assessment of paediatric cervical spine injury in the Emergency Department: a quality improvement project
Squadron Leader Emma Patterson

Upskilling and empowering dental nurses to take the lead in the prevention of oral disease in Armed Forces personnel
Lieutenant Colonel Charlotte Winship

Quality improvement prize moderated questions and answers
Quality improvement lightning presentations

Introduction of Methoxyflurane (Penthrox®) to the Emergency Department in order to liberate vital resources during a pandemic: a quality improvement project report
Major Peter Blenkinsop

The STOP Project: Stealth Trauma in Older Patients. Improving the detection of severe injury in older emergency department patients – a quality improvement project
Squadron Leader Kate Clayton

Initial Naval Training (Officers): Enhancing physical preparedness through an improved Joining Instruction process
Surgeon Lieutenant Henry Hughes

Optimising the Assessment and Management of Pain in Ambulatory Trauma Patients in the Emergency Department: A Quality Improvement Project
Squadron Leader Jonathon Lowe

Preventing injuries in deployed personnel: educate to mitigate
Captain Tim Prescott

Florence’s legacy: Beyond 2020

Professor Greta Westwood, Chief Executive Officer at Florence Nightingale Foundation and Registered Nurse

Colt prize introduction

Surgeon Commander Ed Barnard

Colt prize presentations

The adoption of an empowered physical training programme in a military population – the benefit in injury reduction. A retrospective cohort study
Captain Graeme Downes

IIH Pressure a randomised, controlled, double blind physiology study of the effect of Exenatide on Intra-cranial Pressure
Major James Mitchell

Clinical implications of the differential antibody response in mild-moderate SARS-CoV-2: a prospective multi-centre cohort study
Captain Scott Pallett

Histamine, Mast Cell Tryptase and post-exercise hypotension in healthy and collapsed marathon runners
Major Iain Parsons

Cold Stored Platelets Correct Cardiac Surgery Induced Platelet Dysfunction
Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Tom Scorer

COVID-19 outbreak investigation in a London Army Barracks. Understanding prevalence, seroconversion, transmission risk factors and control measures for COVID-19
Major Hannah Taylor

Colt prize moderated questions and answers
Colt lightning presentations

The Stanford Hall consensus statement for post COVID-19 rehabilitation
Squadron Leader Robert Barker-Davies

Highly realistic cadaveric trauma simulation of the multiply injured battlefield casualty: an international, multidisciplinary exercise in far-forward surgical management
Major Alastair Beaven

Need for recovery amongst Emergency Physicians in the United Kingdom and Ireland: a cross-sectional survey
Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Laura Cottey

Inhaled methoxyflurane (Penthrox) for analgesia in trauma: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Flight Lieutenant Michael Eager

Therapeutic Role Of Mesenchymal Stem Cells For The Prevention And Treatment Of Infected Fracture Non-Union
Major Louise Robiati

Hepcidin and the iron-infection axis in early Plasmodium falciparum infection: a novel mechanism for liver enzyme elevations in malaria volunteer infection studies
Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Stephen Woolley

Tranexamic acid (TXA) in defence healthcare

Professor Ian Roberts, Professor of Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Prize ceremony

Essay Prize, presented by
Surgeon Commander Ed Barnard

QI Lightning, presented by
Colonel Ian Gurney, Immediate Past President, Military Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Defence Medical Services QI Working Group

QI Finalist, presented by
Mr Peter Homa, Director General, Defence Medical Services

Colt Lightning, presented by
Air Commodore Richard Withnall QHS OStJ

Colt Finalist, presented by
Mrs Tash Heydon, Director, Colt Foundation

Closing address

Colonel Julian Woodhouse, President, Military Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Close of meeting




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Special rates for difficult times 
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s COVID-19 online events are available free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

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