NHS officials hope that a new consultation on trauma care can help to save lives as well as raise the standard of care levels and give staff more say in decisions.

The Major Trauma Improvement Forum has been commissioned by the Department of Health to back up proposals by Professor Keith Willett which aim to improve trauma care.

It could lead to a regional trauma network being developed for NHS England which will give frontline workers, stakeholders, patients and their families a mechanism to discuss problems and offer possible solutions.

People who visit the website and sign up will be asked to take part in four short online surveys on the care process, including areas such as initial contact, treatment, strengths and weaknesses.

Trauma has been identified as the leading cause of death for people up to the age of 40, with younger groups being badly affected.