Major Trauma

Seriously injured adults and children are described as having suffered from major trauma, which is the leading cause of death under the age of 45. Trauma Operational Delivery Networks (ODNs) provide a comprehensive system of specialist care for people who have suffered major trauma through the delivery of a regional trauma network.


Trauma ODNs are responsible for all aspects of trauma care, from a patient’s point of injury to rehabilitation and a return to socio-economic functioning. Fostering a culture of collaboration across the network, Trauma ODNs work to ensure there are effective pathways of care for patients between providers in the network, making sure people receive the right care at the right place. This approach means people are taken to the appropriate hospital for their level of injury, not necessarily to their closest A&E.

Each Trauma ODN has a major trauma centre for treating the most seriously injured patients and link to a number of local trauma units for those with less serious injuries. Local networks also include ambulance and rehabilitation services, and have appropriate links to the social care and community sector.

Interactive networks map | Link

London Trauma System website | Link

London Major Trauma ODNs

There are four Trauma ODNs across London:

  • North East London and Essex Trauma ODN
  • North West London Trauma ODN
  • South East London Kent and Medway Trauma ODN
  • South West London and Surrey Trauma ODN


Pan London Clinical Director | Karim Brohi

Pan London Research Lead | Elaine Cole

North West London Trauma ODN
Clinical Director – Michael Jenkins
Network Manager – Joseph Davies

North East London and Essex Trauma ODN
Joint Clinical Director – Neal Durge and Derek Hick
Network Manager – Emily Beddows (seconded through Nov 2016, covering for Laura Gallagher)

South West London and Surrey Trauma ODN
Clinical Director – Kelvin Wright
Network Manager – Leila Razavi
Website | Link

South East London Kent and Medway Trauma ODN
Clinical Director: Robert Bentley
Network Manager: Vickie Osborne-Smith
Website | Link