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Global Surgery Policy Roundtable: Recovery of Surgical Services Beyond COVID-19

Date: Wednesday 14 July 2021

Time: 9.15am-10.30am

Location: Via Zoom. Link will be shared with registered parties. Closed meeting. 

The global COVID-19 pandemic has had severe impacts on surgical services and health systems around the world. At this invitation-only roundtable, we will discuss recommendations for policymakers to innovate and ‘build back better’ in surgical services in the UK and globally, with a focus on work in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).

To confirm your place, please email Murat Akkulak with your name, position and institution. 

Agenda and confirmed panel:

9.15am - Welcome and introduction by Prof Neil Mortensen, President, RCS

9.20am - Policy roundtable panel discussion (30 minutes):

  • Dr Naomi Lee, Senior Executive Editor, The Lancet (Chair)
  • Prof Peter Hutchinson, Director of Clinical Research at RCS, Co-Director, NIHR Global Health Research Group on Neurotrauma, University of Cambridge
  • Prof Adesoji Oludotun Ademuyiwa, GlobalSurg Collaborative Nigeria National Lead, University of Lagos
  • Mr Aneel Bhangu and Prof Dion Morton, NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Global Surgery, University of Birmingham
  • Dr Layla McCay, Policy Director, NHS Confederation
  • Dr Abdul Ghaffar, Executive Director, Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, World Health Organization

9.50am - Discussion with all participants under Chatham House rule

10.30am – Close

Background and context for discussion:

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funds more than 50 Global Health Research Units and Groups, partnerships led by UK institutions that undertake research to improve health among people and communities in low and middle-income countries.

Over the past year, many of these have swiftly adapted to tackle the impacts of COVID-19. The NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Global Surgery worked with its established 7 research hubs in Rwanda, Nigeria, Ghana, India, Benin, Mexico, and South Africa to provide best evidence from patient centred and data driven research to support safe surgery.

In March 2020, the Unit launched the CovidSurg collaborative of surgeons and anaesthetists to undertake research and share knowledge globally. With approved data from over 200,000 patients in more than 1,660 hospitals in 116 countries, CovidSurg findings have been published in leading journals, and are directly influencing surgical care policy and practice at national and international levels.

Working with RCS and partners including the World Health Organization, the Unit is developing guidelines and recommendations for policymakers to learn lessons from the pandemic, innovate and ‘build back better’ in surgical services around the world. These align with the New Deal for Surgery RCS has developed to restore timely access to surgery for patients in England and support the NHS to improve its service models.

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