Overseas Course

Hostile Environment Surgical Training (HEST)

Where have we delivered our training course?

Use the interactive map below to see where the David Nott Foundation has taken our Hostile Environment Surgical Training (HEST) course. Click the green ‘play’ symbol to get started. Each HEST location has a marker. Click on the marker to view information and a photograph of each course.

Every year, we take our life-saving training courses to the countries – and the doctors – who need it most. Our Hostile Environment Surgical Training (HEST) course is designed to improve the emergency trauma surgery skills of local surgeons and doctors, and better equip them for the incredibly challenging circumstances they face on a daily basis.

Working at the centre of crisis zones often rules out cadaveric teaching, so the HEST course draws on practical exercises, including the suturing of prosthetic organs and blood vessels, as well as demonstrations on our bespoke full-body simulator.

Embracing the latest technologies, we also use Virtual Reality (VR) to simulate mass casualty scenarios, training our surgeons in the decision-making skills needed to prioritise patients, and save lives.

During each five-day course, doctors can expect to cover:

  • Ballistics
  • Primary and secondary survey
  • Damage control
  • Cardiothoracic trauma
  • Vascular surgery
  • Head and neck trauma
  • Paediatric surgery
  • Abdominal trauma
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Plastic surgery
  • Trauma in obstetrics and gynaecology

Recognised for its excellence, our HEST course is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England. To find out where our next courses are planned, or to propose a location for training, please email [email protected]