Dr Elaine Cole PhD, MSc, BSc, RN

Director of Research and Innovation, Pan London Major Trauma System

I have worked for a number of years in the field of trauma, including ED clinical trauma care, developing and teaching trauma education and more recently, research.

Research Interests

My initial research within the Centre for Trauma Sciences investigated factors associated with acute adverse outcomes after injury (see Key Publications below).

My other research interests include characterising multiple organ dysfunction after major trauma. In 2016, we are conducting a national point prevalence study called ORDIT (Organ Dysfunction in Trauma), in order to better understand this burden for trauma patients across the UK. I am also keen to examine how severe injury affects older people, both in relation to the clinical decisions we make about older trauma patients care and how their age affects outcome.

I am currently working as the Director of Research and Innovation for the London Major Trauma System, where I support the development of clinical innovation, pathways, guidelines and collaborative research across the region. Trauma systems are relatively new to the UK and I co-led the evaluation of the London Trauma System (ELOTS) which documented changes in care quality and patient outcomes since the the system was introduced in 2010 . I am in discussion with the UK's national trauma registry (TARN) and and the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcomes and Death (NCEPOD) about conducting national trauma systems research to better inform our planning and outcomes for patients with severe injury. 

I continue to be involved in trauma education, as a tutor, lecturer and module leader for the MSc in Trauma Sciences. This international online MSc provides its multi-professional students with the opportunity to learn together about all aspects of trauma care in a virtual, interactive format, with access to many of the global leaders in clinical trauma management.


As an experienced Senior Lecturer, I lead a module on the MSc Trauma Sciences, Queen Mary University of London. This interprofessional on-line MSc attracts international students from a diverse range of clinical settings, all with a keen interest in advancing their knowledge and skills in the field of trauma.  I provide academic and professional supervision for a number of students each academic intake.

Key publications:

Cole E, Davenport R, Willett K, Brohi K. Tranexamic acid use in severely injured civilian patients and the effects on outcomes. Ann Surg. 2015 Feb; 261(2):390-4.

Cole E, Davenport R, Willett K, Brohi K. The burden of infection in severely injured trauma patients and the relationship with admission shock severity. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2014 Mar; 76(3):730-5.

Cole E, Davenport R, De'Ath H, Manson J, Brockamp T, Brohi K. Coagulation system changes associated with susceptibility to infection in trauma patients. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2013 Jan; 74(1):51-7; discussion 57-8.


email: e.cole@qmul.ac.uk 
Tel: +44 (0) 203 594 0731


    BtLC Cycling and Trauma Seminar chaired by Jon Snow

    I presented ‘How are we addressing long-term outcomes and the need for rehabilitation?’ at the BtLC Cycling and Trauma Seminar 2014. Patient rehabilitation is a complicated and layered process. Due to improved clinical intervention more trauma patients are surviving multiple injuries, with a large percentage requiring long-term care. Only two thirds of patients return to full time work 4-6 months after injury. This impaired quality of life not only seriously affects their physical, psychological and social wellbeing, but can shatter the lives of everyone around them, and also has wider economic implications. Click here to see a video recording of my  presentation.


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