Trustee Recruitment

About Day One

Day One was established in 2014 by a group of major trauma patients and their trauma surgeon, initially as a linked charity of Leeds Cares, the official charity for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Day One is dedicated to supporting patients and their families affected by major trauma through the provision of practical and emotional support. The Charity’s holistic and flexible approach aims to limit the impact of major trauma on patients and families and aid recovery and adjustment, enabling patients and their family to lead fulfilling lives following injury.

Day One currently supports patients and their families treated at the regional major trauma centre at the Leeds General Infirmary (part of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust) as well as across the West Yorkshire Trauma Network. Day One’s plans include expansion beyond West Yorkshire to other major trauma centres enabling the Charity to achieve its mission to create a national support network for victims of major trauma, regardless of where the incident or accident takes place.

Day One is dedicated to limiting the impact of major trauma on patients and families in Leeds, Yorkshire and across the UK

Day One was established in 2014 by a group of major trauma patients and their trauma surgeon, initially as a linked charity of Leeds Cares, the official charity for Leeds Teaching Hospitals’

The Day One support model was established by patients for patients, to address the complex challenges that often arise following a sudden traumatic injury. Day One understands that the right support at the right time can make a real difference.

Through Day One, patients and their families have the opportunity to benefit from our community of peer supporters. These trauma survivors and their families recognise the value of shared experience and are there to help patients and their loved ones rebuild their lives.

The peer support programme provides an environment where patients can share their true emotions in a guilt free and unburdened way, knowing the person they are talking to has been on a similar journey and will have a unique perspective and valuable advice to give.

Our Mission

Day One provides practical and emotional support to patients and family members in the immediate aftermath of a major trauma and throughout the recovery journey. Day One complements the medical treatment a patient receives. Financial, legal, practical and emotional concerns can all be addressed via the Day One Case Worker. We will spend time with you understanding your personal situation and working with you to identify the right support.

The Day One aims are to:

  • Deliver an exceptional Model of Trauma Support to patients and their family
  • Work in partnership with medical staff and other services to limit the impact of trauma, aid recovery and support adjustment and rehabilitation
  • Create a strong sense of community among patients and families, facilitating connections and peer support
  • Enable education and training for patients, families and clinical staff
  • Promote research and innovation locally, regionally and nationally