Alastair says: "This artwork titled "Trauma" features 8 NHS members of staff whom I consider friends and colleagues. Every morning, we all gather to discuss the patients who have presented to hospital over the last day with various injuries. Surgeons, nurses, physiotherapists, radiographers, and allied healthcare professionals all work together to help get the broken and the injured back on their feet. Before lockdown commenced, I gathered this amazing group of people for a photoshoot and created this composition. I wanted this work to represent the team involved in managing patients with injuries and the multidisciplinary expertise required in order to get these patients better.
I can think of no better way to honour my amazing colleagues than to submit this (at present unfinished but I'm rapidly trying to get it fully complete!) work of art to the Portrait for NHS heroes initiative. Painting for me is a hugely important outlet alongside my day job being an orthopaedic surgeon. I am very fortunate and honoured that I work with a fantastic group of people whom I learn so much from every single day. These members of staff are from left to right: Dr. Joanne Lynch, Consultant Anaesthetist; Ms. Sarah Cant, Advanced Trauma Nurse Practioner; Ms. Lindsey Fulton, Senior Radiographer; Mr. Alastair Faulkner, Trauma and Orthopaedic trainee (the artist); Mr. Fraser Harrold, Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon; Ms. Jemma Cathro, Scrub nurse & charge nurse; Mrs. Caroline Hutchison, Physiotherapist. The patient is Mr. Peter Davies, Trauma and Orthopaedic trainee. The background features in an unknown NHS worker in PPE signifying that this was painted during the pandemic and the skeleton represents our speciality of orthopaedics."
"Fantastic, can't wait to see it," Jo (Consultant Anaesthetist); "It looks like me!" Sarah (Advanced Trauma Nurse Practitioner); "Really looks good" Fraser (Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon)