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Surgical Trials Initiative

The Rosetrees and RCS England Surgical Trials Initiative

The Surgical Trials Initiative was launched in 2013 and is formed of Surgical Specialty Leads, Surgical Trials Centres and Professorial Chairs in Surgical Trials.

The Surgical Trials Centres 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 RCS England Surgical Trials Centres are located in Aberdeen, LeicesterLeeds, York, 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 Prof Sir Robert Lechler.

At the time of the Initiative's launch in 2013, less than 2% of government funding for medical research went into surgical areas, despite the fact that a third of hospital admissions involve surgery. The surgical research charities were concerned that the development of clinical research in surgery had lagged behind that of non-surgical disciplines. The surgical trials units have sought 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 surgical specialty associations and affiliated charities, over twenty 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 the specialties listed in the table above. We continue to work with societies representing the specialties not currently covered to develop these new posts.

The Initiative has been active in promoting surgical research, throughout the medical care community, achieved by the RCS England holding outreach events for healthcare professionals, funders and industry members.

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