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Health & Social Care Research Across North East & North Cumbria.

Trauma and Emergency Care

Meet the Team

Trauma and emergency care supports studies that encompass a wide range of conditions which require prompt diagnosis and treatment in order for patients to have the best outcome.

The scope of trauma and emergency care spans across pre-hospital care, where patients are needing immediate medical attention from paramedics or swift treatment in an accident and emergency or trauma operating room hospital setting. Whilst the focus is on emergency care, there are also aspects of recovery and rehabilitation after a traumatic injury.

The trauma and emergency portfolio mainly comprises multi-centre clinical trials, investigating the ‘major trauma’ caused by road accidents, falls, burns, severe allergic reactions, respiratory distress, poisoning and musculoskeletal injuries.

Susan Ridge

Research delivery manager

CRN North East and North Cumbria

Dr Mark Harrison

Trauma and emergency care specialty group lead

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Areas supported:

Anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain management, critical care, trauma and emergency, ophthalmology, ears, nose and throat, musculoskeletal, surgery and oral and dental

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Dr Mark Harrison's research experience

I am an emergency medicine consultant at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. I specialise in the accident and emergency services at Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington.

I graduated from Newcastle University in 2002 and worked my way up to become a consultant in emergency medicine in 2011. I also lead the NIHR local clinical research network’s trauma and emergency specialty group.

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How to get involved


Visit the national specialty page here


Join a trauma network, which will offer opportunities to take part in research in your area of expertise.  Paramedics and ambulance staff can join the National Ambulance Research Steering Group, burns specialists can join the British Burns Association, staff in the acute hospital settings can join the Society of Acute Medicine and those who specialise in treating children can join the Paediatric Emergency Research network. Staff can then meet other like minded colleagues and make connections with more experienced researchers.

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