Staff take on special military challenge

The trust took second and third prize at a special military event testing medical, leadership and team building skills.

Teams from orthopaedic outpatients, physiotherapy and workforce and staffing took part in Exercise Medical Challenge on the banks of the River Tyne in Newcastle.

Organised by the 201 Field Hospital from its barracks in Fenham in Newcastle and from HMS Callion by the quayside, the event was set up to test NHS and university staff from across the region in scenarios they are not used to.

These included treating patients with injuries on a battlefield, problem solving activities, marching and a stretcher relay!

It was then followed by a performance from the household division’s Beating Retreat and a cocktail party at the barracks.

The physio team, who have previously won the event, took third place this year while the workforce and staffing team were awarded second place!

The trust’s accountable officer, Alan Foster, was also presented with an award for his service as the 201 Field Hospital’s honorary colonel.

Workforce and staffing team captain Jo Lloyd said: “It was a fantastic experience being part of Exercise Medical Challenge.

“All of the teams have taken away learning from this experience that we will put back into our own roles here – leadership, working together as a team and having a clear strategy.

“We were also truly humbled and privileged to spend the day with army reservists who invested so much time and effort to make this a truly unforgettable day (especially to our mentor extraordinaire Kev!).

“We will definitely be coming back next to take part again!”

Any health staff interested in finding out more about the 201 Field Hospital and for those who are considering joining, visit

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