About Us

The Primary Trauma Care Foundation (PTCF) is an organization set up by clinicians to train Doctors and other Health Care Professionals in the management of the severely injured patient.

PTCF Honours

PTCF Honours is our way of recognising the fantastic work so many people do for PTCF across the world. Read more.

PTCF People

Our patron, board, staff and local representatives across the world – meet them all here. Read more.

PTCF Ambassadors

Our Ambassadors support our vision and share our passion by promoting our work. Read more.


The Primary Trauma Care Foundation is proud to have worked in association with many organisations. Read more.

A Brief History

The Primary Trauma Care programme developed initially in 1996 out of the activities of several individuals. Read more.

PTCF Founder

The PTCF was founded by a small group of doctors led by Oxford-based consultant anaesthetist Dr Douglas Wilkinson. This is his story: Read more.

The PTCF is a non-profit organization which aims to work with countries’ health care organisations to assess health care needs and to empower those organizations within a country to train their own personnel in the care of patients in a way that is:

  • Appropriate
  • Adaptable
  • Affordable
  • Sustainable

Since 1997, the PTCF has run courses in more than 80 countries worldwide. The PTC Manual has been translated into 14 languages and is available on the internet.

The two-day PTC course and one day instructor course are available free to those countries and organisations that require it. The PTCF works with government health departments, the WHO and other international health organizations to train people in these skills.

The PTCF differs from many Charities and NGOs in that it works solely to establish a locally sustainable training model, to allow countries to train their own health care workers in order to maximize efficiency and cost effectiveness in health care provision.