Lessons from the organisation of the UK medical services deployed in support of Operation TELIC (Iraq) and Operation HERRICK (Afghanistan)

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Abstract

This paper provides the definitive record of the UK Defence Medical Services (DMS) lessons from the organisation of medical services in support of Operation (Op) TELIC (Iraq) and Op HERRICK (Afghanistan). The analysis involved a detailed review of the published academic literature, internal post-operational tour reports and post-tour interviews. The list of lessons was reviewed through three Military Judgement Panel cycles producing the single synthesis 'the golden thread' and eight 'silver bullets' as themes to institutionalise the learning to deliver the golden thread. One additional theme, mentoring indigenous healthcare systems and providers, emerged as a completely new capability requirement. The DMS has established a programme of work to implement these lessons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-279
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
Volume163
Issue number4
Early online date6 Jan 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017

Keywords

  • Afghan Campaign 2001-
  • Clinical Competence
  • Data Collection
  • Decision Support Systems, Clinical
  • Humans
  • Iraq War, 2003-2011
  • Military Medicine/organization & administration
  • United Kingdom

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