The David Nott Foundation

Delivering the best surgical training to those who need it most.

The David Nott Foundation is a UK registered charity which provides surgeons and medical professionals with the skills they need to provide relief and assistance in conflict and natural disaster zones around the world.  As well as providing the best medical care, David Nott Foundation surgeons will train local healthcare professionals; leaving a legacy of education and improved health outcomes.

Founded and led by renowned British surgeon David Nott, the Foundation benefits from his passion for advancing the best in surgical research, practice and teaching as well as his commitment to helping vulnerable people in some of the most dangerous and disadvantaged places in the world.

David Nott Red Cross

For the past twenty years, David has practised surgery in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Liberia, Chad, Ivory Coast, Libya, Sierra Leone, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Haiti.

Often operating with the constraints of minimal equipment and basic facilities, David wants to pass on his experience of providing practical training in acute trauma surgery, general surgery, orthopaedic surgery, obstetrics, gynaecology and paediatric surgery directly to local medical, paramedical and nursing staff working in austere environments around the world.

David Nott operating in Austere Environments

Working with a network of contacts to identify where needs are most acute, David Nott Foundation medics will be deployed in-country not just to treat patients but crucially to pass on the knowledge and techniques learnt with the Foundation.

This ongoing commitment to identifying and training local healthcare professional through both practical and online education will develop the surgical skills of these individuals so they can ultimately train their colleagues.

Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP

Minister of State for Community and Social Care

 I am delighted to express my support at the launch of the David Nott foundation.

During my time as FCO minister responsible for the Middle East I spent far too much time dealing with the misery which was consequent on the terrible conflicts in the region. Rays of light were few. But the inspiring work of David and his medical and associated colleagues, who worked in such awful conditions to demonstrate the very best of humanitarian care and compassion, was one of those shafts of brightness in the gloom. I hope the foundation will be able to continue to promote the very best of medical practice through its work of training and developing those who sadly can expect to spend some of their professional time in dealing with trauma and other impacts of conflict. It deserves every success and I look forward to staying in contact with the foundation and its work.