Surgical Trials Initiative
The Rosetrees and the RCS Surgical 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 Centres 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 RCS Surgical Trials Centres are located in Leeds, 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 Sir Michael Rawlins (Chairman of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
Currently, less than 2% 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, twelve 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 inthe 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 holding outreach events for healthcare professionals, funders and industry members.
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We are grateful for support from:
- Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
- Association of Breast Surgery
- Bowel Cancer UK
- Breast Cancer Now
- British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons
- British Association of Paediatric Surgeons
- British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons
- British Association of Urological Surgeons
- Bowel Disease Research Foundation
- British Orthopaedic Association
- British Society for the Surgery of the Hand
- Cancer Research UK
- The Circulation Foundation
- The Enid Linder Foundation
- ENT UK
- George Drexler Foundation
- Heartburn Cancer UK
- Henry Lumley Charitable Trust
- Mary Kinross Charitable Trust
- Masonic Charitable Foundation
- The National Institute for Health Research
- NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI)
- Orthopaedic Research UK
- Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund
- Pancreatic Cancer UK
- Rosetrees Trust
- Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery
- SPARKS - Children's Medical Research Charity
- Vascular Society