On Monday 22nd January 2018, we collaborated with the Royal Society of Medicine to host a stimulating conference to discuss the impact and preventative strategies of domestic, street and gang violence. It was an informative afternoon with a series of inspiring talks given by patients, internationally renowned surgeons and experts from other charities including Refuge and Growing Against Violence (GAV).
Both Lord McColl of Dulwich CBE and Professor Iain Hutchison chaired the series of talks. Discussions included innovative approaches to reduce domestic, street and gang violence including improving national data collection on trauma incidents and introducing a national register to alert authorities of potential domestic violence victims. Researches undertaken to improve the physical treatment of facial trauma and the psychological recovery from it were also discussed.
It was an eye-opening event and we would to say a massive thank you to all the patients and their families for attending to share with the audience their extraordinary journey on 'life after facial trauma'. Thank you also to all the professionals for their inspirational talks and tremendous work on facial trauma and preventative strategies to reduce violence.
View the photos of just some of the speakers from the event below.
Professor Lord McColl of Dulwich CBE (Former Shadow Minister for Health)
Professor Simon Holmes - Professor of Craniofacial Trauma, Barts Health London
Professor Iain Hutchison - Director of The National Facial and Oral Research Centre (NFORC) and Chief Executive of Saving Faces
Jane Keeper - Director of Operations of Refuge - The National Domestic Violence Charity
Mr Robert Bentley - Clinical Director of South East London, Kent and Medway Trauma Network
Mr Douglas Hammond - Senior Lecturer in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Central Lancashire
Mr Duncan Bew - Clinical Director of Major Trauma and Acute Surgery, King's College Hospital and Co-founder of Growing Against Violence (GAV) Charity