The Rosetrees and the RCS Clinical Trials Initiative
The Royal College of Surgeons and partners (including the National Institute of Health Research, Cancer Research UK and the Rosetrees Trust) have established, for the first time, a network of surgical trial units across the UK.
The Surgical Trials Units will enable surgeons to deliver clinical studies to assess new surgical techniques and develop breakthroughs in treatment that will help to deliver improved care to thousands of patients. The surgical trial units are located in Bristol, Oxford, London, Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester.
The program is being overseen by the Clinical Research Initiative Steering Committee (CRISC), an independent body that is chaired by Sir Michael Rawlins (Chairman of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)).
Currently, less than two per cent of government funding for medical research goes into surgical areas, despite the fact that a third of hospital admissions involve surgery. The surgical research charities are concerned that the development of clinical research in surgery has lagged behind that of non-surgical disciplines. The Surgical Trials Units will seek to support new studies across all surgical specialties, ensuring that surgical innovations
are introduced quickly and help to reduce regional variation in care.
In partnership with specialist surgical associations and affiliated charities, eleven national Surgical Specialty Leads have been appointed with the specific remit to develop new trials, establish clinical networks, and to work with their patients to develop and deliver innovative trials across the surgical disciplines. So far surgical specialty leads have been assigned in orthopaedic surgery, otolaryngology, transplantation, neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery, head and neck, coloproctology, endocrine surgery, and plastics and hand surgery.
The initiative has been active in promoting surgical research, throughout the medical care community, achieved by the RCS holding outreach events to healthcare professionals, funders and industry members.
For more information, please contact Daniel Abrahams at email@example.com or 020 7869 6611.
We are grateful for the support from:
- British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons (BAETS)
- British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS)
- Bowel Disease Research Foundation (BDRF)
- Cancer Research UK
- The Enid Linder Foundation
- The Facial Surgery Research Foundation - Saving Faces
- Get A-Head Charitable Trust
- The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
- Orthopaedic Research UK
- Rosetrees Trust