Operational patient care pathway (JSP 950)

A holistic description of the way the Defence Medical Services will deliver health services support in the future.



Clinical care for combat trauma patients has been transformed over the decade that has seen highly challenging operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The UK Defence Medical Services are now widely acknowledged to be international leaders in this field. Incremental improvements in the system of care have led to a significant number of unexpected survivors compared to the performance of civilian trauma systems.

The operational patient care pathway provides a series of unifying concepts that articulate the clinical requirements for the UK military health services support system on operations, including the system of clinical care for the ‘medical’ or ‘non-trauma patient’ as well as trauma care, and in regard to the specific challenges faced by the chemical biological radiological and nuclear threat.

Published 25 November 2014