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Collaboration between the military and a charity: delivering care to patients, training to defence medical staff and defence engagement overseas
  1. Claire Louise Cameron1,
  2. P Duncan2,
  3. J Chatterjee3,4 and
  4. J E O'Carroll5
  1. 1 Anaesthetic Department, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, Bath, UK
  2. 2 Royal Army Medical Corps, Army Medical Services, Camberley, UK
  3. 3 Anaesthesia, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  4. 4 Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine, Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK
  5. 5 Anaesthesia, Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals NHS Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Lt Col Claire Louise Cameron, Anaesthetic Department, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, Bath, Avon BA1 3NG, UK; claire.cameron12{at}


The Royal College of Anaesthetists Military Anaesthesia higher training module was approved in 2008. The opportunities for trainee deployments to operational environments are limited, and while the need to ensure training and demonstrate the unique military skill set remains, these may not be consistently attainable within NHS posts. This paper proposes a template for the successful integration of military training with a charity mission by describing experiences in Addis Ababa over the two weeks of Project Harar’s 2020 Complex Surgery Mission. This model not only benefits patients and military trainees by providing opportunities to gain the skills and attributes required by the Armed Services Consultant Appointment Board, but also by projecting the Defence Medical Services on the global stage.

  • anaesthetics
  • education & training (see medical education & training)
  • oral & maxillofacial surgery

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  • Contributors CLC is the main author. The introduction and the abstract were written by JEO. The military module material was written by PD. The table was provided by JC.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.