COVID-19: How We Have Adjusted

COVID-19 has impacted our ability to deliver the in-person training that the David Nott Foundation is internationally known for. We are desperate to get back to our regular schedule of bringing our training programme to those who need it most, wherever they may be, but until that time we have altered our offering to be delivered remotely. Here’s what we’ve been doing:

Webinars – Throughout 2020 (and re-starting in 2021), we have been running webinars for doctors in conflict zones. These webinars, led by David Nott, saw doctors submit difficult or interesting cases and discuss together the best course of action for treating individual patients. David and our Faculty were additionally able to deliver lectures during these sessions.

Consolidating our Global Network – Our webinars led to the creation of a thriving online community of surgeons, each able to send photos and submit descriptions of cases for the purpose of collaboration with other David Nott Foundation alumni around the world. This forum has been an incredible thing to witness: rapid surgical feedback and collaboration between doctors in conflict zones.

In December, we piloted our first ever Digital Hostile Environment Surgical Training (DigiHEST) course. We transformed an office space, generously provided by Whitby Wood, into an operating theatre and our friends at Redux Content decked the place out as a recording set.

Over the course of a weekend, David Nott was joined by DNF faculty members Ammar Darwish, Rebekka Troller and Pete Mathew to present an ambitious programme of surgical training that was live streamed around the world. Modules covered included abdominal trauma, neurosurgery, maxillofacial surgery, ballistics and more. David was also joined by special guest lecturers Mounir Hakimi (orthopaedics) and Shehan Hettiaratchy (plastics) to form a world-class team of surgical specialists ready to reach out to surgeons in conflict zones and austere environments.

We were joined by up to 100 doctors from around 29 countries over the course the weekend, who were additionally able to pose their questions in real-time to the presenters and ask for advice on cases presenting to them in their localities.