Teaching and Training

David Nott Foundation has a number of scholarships available each year for surgeons.

I established the David Nott Foundation to provide surgeons and medics with the skills they need to provide relief in conflict and natural disaster zones around the world. As well as providing the best medical care, it is my hope that David Nott Foundation surgeons will train local healthcare professionals and improve the healthcare of all in the local community.
– David Nott
Apply to be a

David Nott Foundation Scholar

Successful applicants will have their places on the Surgical Training for the Austere Environment (STAE) course, directed by David Nott and held at the Royal College of Surgeons of England in London, funded by the Foundation. The Foundation may also make a contribution to travel and accommodation costs in London for the duration of the course.

The STAE course was created by David Nott to equip medical professionals travelling to conflict and catastrophe zones with the skills to make resource based triage decisions, perform a range of surgical procedures and handle the normal range of abdominal emergencies affecting a civilian population in resource constrained environments.

The course covers cases associated with conflict and catastrophe, particularly penetrating and crush injuries as well as the management of trauma of the limbs, head, thorax and torso.

A further focus is on post-disaster/conflict procedures including skin flaps and grafts, and the management of orthopaedic fractures using external fixation and traction.

One day of the course, held at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, deals with the decision making and management of obstetric emergencies including post-partum haemorrhage and caesarean section.

If you support the aims and objectives of the David Nott Foundation and want to improve standards of surgery and medical care, please email [email protected] and tell us why you should have a funded place.

Applicants should be surgeons in training or specialty surgeons who require a more generalist surgical training.


The course provided me with precise, practical and feasible ways of dealing with trauma. Because of the scholarship I was able to gain skills to confidently deal with trauma cases in the remote areas of Ladakh where I live and work.
Dr Padma Deskit
This scholarship has been so good for us. It made me realise the gaps in the education of doctors at home and my dream is to improve the training of the new generation and build up our Libyan health system.
Dr Mohamed Al Taib
This course is the most professional, useful, hands- on I have ever attended. Not just because of material or faculties but because it was delivered by David Nott who has real front line experience and is a great humanitarian.
Dr Saleh Abujamra


In spring 2015 the war in Yemen had extended to the southern city of Aden. With the increasing hostilities, and street fighting, Aden Trauma center remained open and functional, treating injured people from all fighting parties.

I visited and worked in the center at that time. I watched closely the vital role of the trained surgical teams in saving lives and limbs.

None of the surgeons in the center was formally trained to manage major vascular injuries. Being the only functioning hospital, the national surgeons struggled to treat and save patients with vascular injuries.

Mr David Nott volunteered to train the Yemeni surgeons who works in Aden on safe management of vascular injuries.

I had the pleasure to visit and work in Aden Trauma center again in 2017. The center was still busy and barely coping with the number of newly injured patients. And still the hospital receives several vascular injuries every week. The difference now, many of the surgeons are well trained to deal with these cases, and I am sure many more lives and limbs were definitely saved.

It was great example to see closely how proper surgical training could help in saving more patients and facilitate the work of local surgical teams in managing war trauma.

The surgical team in Aden, Yemen were very grateful for the training they had and the impact it left on their work. Mr Nott should be proud of his wonderful training work in Yemen.

Dr Haydar Alwash
Senior Trauma Surgeon, MSF

May, 2017