Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence is the government department responsible for implementation of government defence policy, and has a close working relationship with the NHS to treat injured military personnel and develop new medical technologies.

Since 2001 the Ministry of Defence’s Royal Centre for Defence Medicine has been based at University Hospitals Birmingham, first at Selly Oak Hospital and now at the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. This partnership between military and civilian health professionals has saved many lives and led to the development of new techniques for treating trauma patients.

The Ministry of Defence is contributing £10m over ten years to the NIHR Centre for Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology, and the Surgeon General, Surgeon Vice Admiral Philip Raffaelli, said: “This is a hugely important initiative building on the strong partnership between the MoD and DH. The new centre will play a key role in building scientific evidence from injuries sustained in both military and civilian environments. All our patients will benefit now and in the future as new treatments are developed and shared across the NHS and the military.”