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University Hospitals Birmingham

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHBFT) is the supra-regional centre for adult burn care serving approximately a 13.7 million population receiving 400 admissions per year in the Midlands region. The burns centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEHB) comprises 15 beds including 7 heated shock rooms and 4 isolation rooms and has 2 specialist dedicated rooms embedded within the state of art Intensive Care Unit (100-bedded, one of the largest in Europe). The type of burns treated range from small percentage burns requiring surgical intervention to severe burns and inhalation injuries which require complex burns management from a specialist multidisciplinary team (including consultants, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, dieticians, speech and language therapists and psychologists). Housed within QEHB are the University of Birmingham (UoB) translational research laboratories which focus on inflammatory conditions including burn and non-burn trauma.

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

University of Birmingham

As a research-intensive university, Birmingham is committed to research that is world-leading in terms of its originality and distinctiveness, significance and rigour. The university’s vision is to inspire today’s brightest researchers to make a major impact on global society, and to become the leaders of tomorrow in whatever field they pursue. The vision is one where the transfer of knowledge and technology – generated from our research into the economy, policy and society – is an embedded and natural component of the university’s activity, as important and relevant as the knowledge generation itself.

University of Birmingham

Royal Centre for Defence Medicine

The RCDM is based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. RCDM’s primary function is to provide medical support to military operational deployments, while it also provides secondary and specialist care for members of the armed forces. It is a dedicated training centre for defence medical personnel and a focus for medical research.

With a world-renowned reputation for pioneering surgical techniques in trauma; military clinical staff are fully integrated with civilian clinical staff. As part of the development of RCDM as a centre of excellence for defence medical research, the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine became part of the University of Birmingham’s Medical School. In this role, RCDM has developed innovative training and education programmes and research of relevance to civilian and military medicine. Also based on campus is the academic department for the RCDM where the Medical Director and Defence Professors are based to facilitate links/collaborations and with access to military cohorts.

Royal Centre for Defence Medicine

University of the West of England Centre for Appearance Research (CAR)

This is a centre of excellence for psychological and interdisciplinary, patient-centred research in appearance, disfigurement, body image and related studies. We actively collaborate with charitable organisations, NHS Trusts, businesses, schools, universities, the media, and policy-makers across the UK and overseas.

Our main aims are to: conduct innovative research that creates and promotes knowledge and understanding about the psychosocial and cultural aspects of appearance, enhance CAR’s position as the leading international centre of excellence for appearance research and source of authoritative advice for researchers, policy makers, practitioners, the media, public and third sector, relate knowledge and understanding to policy, practice and the needs of people affected by appearance concerns and to increase acceptance of diversity in appearance.

University of the West of England


The CASEVAC Club formed in 2017 (pronounced cazzy-vack, a military phrase meaning ‘Casualty Evacuation’) is a members only club for those seriously wounded in combat during recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The CASEVAC Club was created in the image of the Guinea Pig Club, formed by downed WW2 aircrew who experienced serious burns and subsequently contributed to the development of plastic surgery.

The Club follows in their fore-bearers’ footsteps by creating the conditions for a lifetime of cohesion and contributing to the advancement of medical science, whilst striving to add value through their charitable and pro-social agenda.

The CASEVAC Club have partnered with the Scar Free Foundation to support the establishment of The Centre For Conflict Wound Research in Birmingham. The Club will practically support studies conducted through the centre in the hope to advance medical science and treatments for all.

The Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery

Based in Morriston Hospital, Swansea, the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery provides a service for the people of South, Mid and West Wales. As the only centre in Wales, we are responsible for a population of 2.3 million people.

In May 2010, the Welsh Centre for Burns was designated as the Adult Burn Centre for the South West UK Burns Network, covering a population of 10 million. When the centre became the designated centre for adult patients in South Wales and the south west of England, the geographical area covered by us included Aberystwyth in West Wales to Portsmouth and Oxford. Complex burn-injured patients from other parts of the UK can be referred to the Welsh Centre for Burns via the National Burns Bed Bureau.

The service treats around 750 burns patients a year, of which half need inpatient treatment. It also treats over 6,500 plastic surgery cases. Approximately half are children. While the team does treat children with quite severe burns, those with more extensive injuries are transferred to the paediatric burn centre in Bristol.

Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery