Brigadier Timothy J Hodgetts CBE Medical Director, Defence Medical Services
Brigadier Hodgetts was educated at Woodhouse Grove School, Bradford, and Westminster Medical School, from where he qualified with distinction in 1986; he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps as a cadet in 1983. He holds fellowships with the Royal College of Physicians of London, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, College of Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Pre-hospital Care, Institute of Healthcare Managers, and the Royal Geographical Society. He has a PhD in Public Health (‘A revolutionary approach to improving combat casualty care’); Masters degrees in Medical Education and Business Administration; and is a Chartered Manager. He graduated from Joint Command & Staff College (psc[j]) in 2011.
Brigadier Hodgetts trained as a general physician (1988-1991) in BMH Hannover, QEMH Woolwich and CMH Aldershot then progressed to higher training in emergency medicine (1992-1995) in Manchester and Sydney. He took up the post of Consultant in Emergency Medicine (EM) at MDHU Frimley Park from 1995-2001, transferring to the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in 2001 on its inception: he served at RCDM until 2010. Brigadier Hodgetts was first appointed as Professor of Emergency Medicine in 1998 at the European Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, then at the University of Birmingham from 2001 to date. He was the inaugural Defence Professor of Emergency Medicine with the College of Emergency Medicine (2007-2010) and the Penman Foundation Professor of Surgery for 2011.
Within the Defence Medical Services Brigadier Hodgetts has been responsible for nurturing the specialty of emergency medicine from infancy to maturity. He has implemented concept, doctrine, equipment and practice changes to transform the early management of combat injury (point of wounding to the field hospital). He introduced and led major trauma governance in UK Defence from 1997-2010. His clinical leadership appointments have been Specialty Adviser in EM to the Defence Secondary Care Agency (1997-2000); Defence Consultant Adviser in EM to Surgeon General (2000-2008); and Consultant Adviser in EM to DGAMS (2001-2009). He has served on operations as a practising emergency physician in hospitals in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Oman, Afghanistan (3 tours), Kuwait and Iraq (4 tours). On 6 of these tours he was appointed the hospital’s Medical Director, including the multinational Danish-UK-US hospital in Afghanistan in 2009. From 2011-3 he was the Medical Director within NATO’s Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, and from 2014 has been the Medical Director for UK Defence Medical Services.
Brigadier Hodgetts has published extensively (over 30 books & 110 papers/editorials) and has been co-applicant for medical research projects generating substantial funding. He was named in a British Medical Association dossier as one of the most innovative doctors in the country. Brigadier Hodgetts’ passion for medical education has led to the development and propagation of an international ‘comprehensive approach’ to disaster medical preparedness in Europe, Asia, Australasia and NATO (Major Incident Medical Management and Support); he developed the National Disaster Preparedness Course for Hospitals within India from 2002, supported by the British Council, British High Commission and latterly the United Nations. He has led the development of Battlefield First Aid and Battlefield Advanced Trauma Life Support programmes, as well as numerous civilian emergency care curricula.
Brigadier Hodgetts was made Officer of the Order of St John of Jerusalem in 1999 and Commander of the British Empire in 2009; he received the Danish Defence Medal for Meritorious Service in 2010. He was Queen’s Honorary Physician from 2004 to 2010. In 2010 he received the Defence Scientific Adviser’s Commendation for contribution to research and has been awarded 16 academic medals, including the prestigious Mitchiner Medal of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. His academic department was twice recognised nationally as the “Training Team of the Year” and in 2006 he was honoured with the personal accolade of Hospital Doctor of the Year throughout the UK.
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