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.

DigiHEST – In December, Over the course of two days (the 19th and 20th of December), David Nott and Foundation faculty: David Nott, Ammar Darwish and Pete Mathew will teach the Hostile Environment Surgical Training (HEST) course entirely virtually. Special guest Mr Shehan Hettiaratchy will present on plastic surgery. Streaming live on Zoom to surgeons and invited guests around the world from a mocked-up operating theatre in London, DigiHEST will be the pilot study in our effort to bring training to doctors in conflict zones while we are personally unable to travel.