Mr Dunn won the award for the pioneering surgery he carried out with his consultant colleague Miss Alex Crick at Salisbury District Hospital on injured soldiers from Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Health Care Civilian of the Year is one of nine categories in the Military and Civilian Health Partnership Awards, which is run by the UK health departments and the Ministry of Defence. The awards recognise the individual contribution made by a civilian health or social care worker to patients in the Armed Forces, their families or to veterans. There is also an emphasis on exceptional dedication and commitment and military and civilian partnership working.
Roderick Dunn and his team have performed major reconstructive operations on many soldiers with war injuries during the last three years. Mr Dunn visits the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court to do a clinic every six weeks, and surgery is performed in Salisbury.
Mr Dunn said: “It really is a great honour to receive this award which highlights the tremendous work of our team here in Salisbury. It is testament to the heroic efforts of the Defence Medical Services in Afghanistan that our troops are now surviving life-changing injuries from Improvised Explosive Devices, sometimes with the loss of one or more limbs.”
“Reconstructive surgery is an essential part of the whole rehabilitation process, for example, by improving the skin cover over a painful amputation stump. Modern microsurgical techniques allow us to perform complex reconstruction of skin, nerves, tendon and bone, often in several stages, over a year or more.”
Mr Dunn added: “It is an extraordinary privilege to help soldiers and their families who have made such a huge personal sacrifice. In receiving this award I want to acknowledge the bravery and courage of our soldiers on the frontline and the way in which they respond to their injuries and treatment.”
Luke March, Chairman of Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust said: “ I would like to congratulate Mr Dunn on his award and the efforts of all the team here in Salisbury. This award gives the team recognition for the enormous contribution they make to help our armed forces and also reflects our commitment to provide good quality healthcare for the military.”
As well as winning the Healthcare Civilian of the Year award, Mr Dunn was also shortlisted in the Care of Veterans category.
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Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.
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