Launch of Day One Trauma Support

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26 May 2021

Day One Trauma Support announced its official launch as the first national independent charity supporting survivors of major traumatic injuries on UK-wide scale.

Day One, which was founded by leading orthopedic surgeon, Professor Peter Giannoudis, has been operating in West Yorkshire since 2014 under the umbrella of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Day One was created to offer financial, legal, practical and emotional support to help people cope with the wider implications of life-changing injuries, such as those resulting from car accidents, sporting accidents, physical attacks or falls from height.

While some rehabilitation support already exists for neurological and spinal injuries, Day One will serve a much wider group of patients, including those with musculoskeletal injuries, for whom no existing support exists. The charity, which has supported more than 1,000 patients locally since its inception, now looks to extend its reach to the 27 major trauma centres across the country to ensure that no one is left to cope with the impact of traumatic injuries alone.

Day One offers a range of support, including emergency funding for accommodation for families needing to be close to their loved on in the aftermath of an incident, as well as longer-term funding to help survivors adapt their housing or purchase equipment. Legal expertise is offered via Day One’s pro bono partners, as well as access to counselling, advice with welfare benefits, and befriending from its dedicated team of volunteer Peer Supporters. Patients are matched in person or by telephone with Peer Supporters who have had similar accidents or injuries and can listen to their anxieties, empathise, and share their own experience of recovery.

Coinciding with the launch, today marks the beginning of Day One’s first partnership with Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which is making its services available to the patients seen by the Major Trauma Unit located at Aintree University Hospital.

As the charity expands, it aspires to have presence across all 27 Major Trauma Centres across the country, which collectively treat 20,000 major trauma patients each year. In future Day One will look to provide wraparound support for patients, via a mixture of Day One Case Workers, Peer Support Volunteers, and help from their legal panel and other associated partners.  

Read the full statement here

Also, find out more about the charity here.

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