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Point of injury

Injury or illness in the UK:

If a soldier is expected to be absent from duty for more than seven days through injury or illness, the unit will need to assess their recovery and enter their details into the Army’s Wounded Injured and Sick Management Information System (WISMIS). It is the units responsibility to create a WISMIS record for the soldier.

If the injury or illness is expected to last less than seven days, the unit will monitor the situation to enable the soldier to return to work as soon as they are fit to do under guidance from the MO. Injury and illness for less than seven days do not require a WISMIS record.


Injury or illness on operations:

Soldiers who are wounding or taken ill whilst on operations are immediately admitted to the Camp Bastion hospital and transferred back to the UK for continued treatment if needed. The WISMIS team receive all NOTICAS and AEROMED reports and will automatically create a WISMIS record on the system, which will automatically email a notification of the record to the unit’s WISMIS user. The unit is responsible for updating the record within seven days, and then every 14 days whilst monitoring the soldier’s progress. If the WISMIS record for the soldier is not updated with progress every 14 days, and every 28 days for the case review, the unit will automatically receive an action email from WISMIS.

Adjutants and Unit Welfare Officers are advised to set up WISMIS accounts in addition to the official unit WISMIS user so they too receive notifications and action points for the unit.

Wounded, injured or sick soldiers needing hospital treatment will most likely be admitted to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and later the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court. Both provide world-class medical treatment and rehabilitation. In some cases the soldier will be admitted to a specialist hospital for treatment if required.

A Military Liaison Officer will monitor the soldier’s progress on a daily basis if they are in hospital and will liaise with the unit Visiting Officer.


Injury or illness while overseas:


Soldiers who are injured or taken ill while overseas on exercise will be treated in country until they are able to return to the UK. The WISMIS team receive all NOTICAS and AEROMED reports and will automatically create a WISMIS record on the system, which will automatically email a notification of the record to the unit’s WISMIS user. The unit is responsible for updating the record within seven days, and then every 14 days whilst monitoring the soldier’s progress.

No matter what the injury, a Recovery Officer, be it a military liaison officer, unit welfare officer or personnel recovery officer, must visit the soldier at least once every 14 days at their home, hospital or convenient location and update the records on WISMIS.

The case will then be reviewed every 28 days when the Recovery Officer will go through the Individual Recovery Plan with the soldier to check that progress is being made, and update the recommendations if needed.

If the WISMIS record for the soldier is not updated with progress every 14 days, and every 28 days for the case review, the unit will automatically receive an action email from WISMIS.

 

WISMIS

Learn more about WISMIS and how the system is used to suport wounded, injured and sick soldiers.

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