This is our latest news update from the David Nott Foundation. In this month’s issue: 

  • The David Nott Foundation turns four years old!
  • Introducing Heston: our silicon cadaver transforming surgical training
  • We highlight one of our #wardoctorheroes, Dr Omar from Iraq



Four years of the David Nott Foundation

This week we celebrate four years of the David Nott Foundation. Thanks to your support, we have been able to achieve such a huge amount in this short time.

We have taken our Hostile Environment Surgical Training (HEST) course to nine different countries, running 12 courses with seven partner organisations; there are more on the way and word is spreading fast. Through lectures and simulations, HEST has improved complex surgical skills and built a global network of war doctors, equipped to deal with the most hostile of surgical environments. Read more about HEST…

On the other side of our work, we have brought surgeons from 25 countries to six UK-based Surgical Training for Austere Environments (STAE) courses, run by the Royal College of Surgeons. The Foundation has been able to award 62 scholarships to surgeons who otherwise would not have been able to carry out the training.
Read more about STAE…

What drives our world-leading status in surgical training is a combination of pioneering innovative technologies, highly effective methods of teaching, and an exceptional team devoted to bridging the gap between the Foundation’s faculty and the surgeons who can benefit from them.


Conflict doesn’t stop, and neither do we. Your support has helped us achieve so much already but there is more to do. Head to our website to find out how you can get involved, fundraise or donate to ensure that we can continue to train surgeons, and save lives.

Introducing Heston: the silicon cadaver saving lives

When training surgeons to perform complex procedures in hostile war zones, or natural disaster areas, it can be very difficult to simulate operations on the go; cadaver training that would be used in the UK has been impossible on our HEST courses.

Enter Heston: a full-sized and incredibly accurate silicon patient named after our HEST programme. Created by Max and Izzy Campbell, Heston is fully equipped with all the incisions and realistic internal organs necessary to demonstrate the trauma surgeries that save people’s lives in hostile environments. Heston has already travelled with us to Yemen and Kenya, and as a dedicated honorary faculty member, he will continue to help us in future locations.

Heston is the latest example of the David Nott Foundation’s technological innovation. Advancements in surgical teaching equipment such as Heston mean that our war doctors are better prepared to face real casualties with advanced techniques.

Let Heston’s creators introduce him further in this video.


Spotlight on Dr Omar Alamouri

The Foundation’s global network of #wardoctorheroes is our proudest achievement. Our work is about investing in people, providing the skills that save lives.

Hailing from Iraq, Omar is an orthopaedic surgeon who came to one of our surgical training courses in 2018. He was awarded a David Nott Foundation scholarship, which allowed him to travel to the Royal College of Surgeons in London to attend the Surgical Training for Austere Environments (STAE) course directed by David Nott.

Following Omar’s completion of the STAE course, and now home in Iraq, a massive road traffic accident saw a young patient brought into hospital. With a compound hip fracture, and rapid blood loss, doctors were gravely concerned that he would not survive.

With a rapid and calculated reaction, Omar performed a life-saving procedure that he had learned on our training course. He hoped to give his young patient the greatest chance of survival.

We are pleased to say that he recently visited his patient, who is now doing well. Speaking about the Foundation he said:
“You saved another life without even knowing [it]. You all should be proud of what you are doing. I want people to know the real benefits of these training courses”.











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