Surgical Conference Finder


If you’re looking for a conference at which to present then you might find this website useful.

Surgical Conference Finder was founded with the idea for the site arising from the difficulties encountered by surgeons in spending hours searching the internet for various conference locations and abstract deadlines. Today the Surgical Conference Finder houses a comprehensive database of over 500 surgical conferences and continues to grow. The aim is to help surgeons find interesting conferences to present their own research or to find out more about the latest research in their field.

The Surgical Conference Finder is regularly updated, free to use and you can keep up to date through the Surgical Conference Finder social media channels: Facebook, Twitter @SurgConFinder, and LinkedIn.

London Surgical Symposium, Thur 13th Sept, Imperial College London


The London Surgical Symposium is now in its twelfth year. This inclusive educational forum brings international experts on surgical innovation to London to discuss advances in a diverse range of topics in general surgery. It provides a forum for surgical researchers, trainees and clinicians from all aspects of surgical care to present their work and to enjoy a day of education.

Please see their website for further information or email James Kinross or Caroline Hurley.

FREE: 4th Surgical Emergency Conference, Oxford, 10th September

JamesEvents, Training

What does it take to become an Emergency Surgeon? Ensuring excellence in emergency surgery

This one day event is aimed at trainees and consultants to explain the new surgical curriculum, with more emphasis on emergency surgery training, as well as the skills and training required to be an Emergency Surgeon. It will also look at the research opportunities in emergency surgery and how to set up and run excellent surgical projects.

Tickets available from EventBrite. Consultants – £100, All trainees – FREE. Pre-conference dinner at Magdalen College on 9th September 2018 – £50 per ticket

For any queries, please contact

Sunflower study


We are looking for enthusiastic and committed people to join the Sunflower study team. The study will be evaluating the benefits (or not) of MRCP prior to lap chole and aims to randomise 13000+ patients from 50 centres – no small task!

Click here for the protocol. If you would be interested in participating, or leading for the LSRG region, please contact Natalie ( and she will be pleased to give you further information.

National Research Collaborative Meeting – 7th December 2018 – Manchester – Open for registration


The annual conference for trainee research collaboratives is open for registration…

As you may already know, the National Research Collaborative Meeting 2018 will be held on the 7th of December in Manchester. We have secured some very impressive surroundings at Chetham’s School of Music and Library and are in the process of putting together an exciting programme with multiple parallel multidisciplinary breakout sessions.

We have just opened for registration and do hope you will be able to join us this year to celebrate 10 years of collaborative research. The link for registration is:

We have also opened our abstract submission system with three categories, written abstracts for oral presentation, visual abstracts with twitter analytics culminating in a Top of the Tweet session at NRCM2018 and a student abstract category. The link to abstract submission is: Deadlines for submission is the 16th of July.

Lastly, we will also be offering a One Stop Research Clinic where a panel of experts will be available to provide feedback and assistance with further development of new research. Sessions will be allocated on a first come first serve basis and proposals can be submitted at:

Click here for a flyer for the event and the abstract call. Further information, including a draft programme, can be found at our website: and our Twitter page: @NRCM2018

We really hope you will get involved and we will see you in Manchester on the 7th of December.

Best wishes
Hema Sekhar
Chair of the Northwest Research Collaborative
On behalf of the Organising Committee of NRCM2018

London lead needed for PPAC2 trial


Here’s an opportunity to involved in this major trial at regional level – certainly good CV fodder. Contact Katy directly at if you’re interested…

We are looking for trainees to act as regional leads to raise awareness of the trial and to encourage local trainees to identify and recruit patients.

‘The impact of postoperative packing of perianal abscess cavities (PPAC2)’ is a national, multicentre, NIHR funded, trainee led randomised controlled trial investigating the use of wound packing in perianal abscess. We want to assess whether not packing these wounds results in less pain, better quality of life, less cost, and no more perianal fistulas or abscess recurrences than the usual treatment of continued would packing.

This is the first trial run by the North West Research Collaborative, alongside the North West Surgical Trials Centre. A trial summary is attached.

The regional lead will coordinate trainees at the recruiting centres to maximise recruitment and follow up. They will share information between the trial management group and trainees, and be responsible for presenting the trial at regional educational and research meetings. The regional trainee does not need to work at a site recruiting patients. We have a corporate authorship policy (PPAC2 Collaborating Group). Within this all those involved in the pathway of at least five patients, and Regional leads will be individually cited.

As of of today, we are now open to recruitment in 13 sites, with a total of 50 in set up. We are keen to open in more sites!

PPAC2 has centres in LSRG region currently in set up:

  • Homerton Hospital                  PI Mr Pedro Cunha
  • Royal Free                                PI Mr Massimo Varcada
  • Basildon University Hospital  PI Mr Shiva Dindyal
  • Broomfield Hospital                 PI Mr Abidemi Adeosun

We look forward to working with you. Many thanks.

Katy Newton, ST8 General Surgery HENW, On behalf of the PPAC2 Trial Management Group and North West Research Collaborative

New project RICOCHET looking at malignant biliary obstruction


West Mids research collaborative, with support from the Birmingham clinical trials unit, Uni of Birmingham and RCS, are running RICOCHET, a snapshot audit of investigative and management practice for patients with newly identified pancreatic cancer and malignant biliary obstruction. They are looking for trainees in both secondary and tertiary units to contribute to this national, trainee-led audit. All contributions are recognised individually with out corporate authorship policy.
Collect data as a team member, organise a local unit as a local lead trainee or assist with recruitment of multiple centres in your area as a regional trainee lead. They are still looking for regional leads within:

  • Yorkshire and Humber
  • Wessex
  • Wales
  • West Scotland
  • North West London
  • South London
  • North West
  • Northern Ireland
  • East of England.

More information including the protocol on their website. Learn more about lead roles here. Enquiries to Rich Wilkin.

Sign up here!

GlobalSurg-3 study


The GlobalSurg Collaborative is an international research network that focuses on improving surgical care in low- and middle-income countries. A total of 343 centres across 66 countries participated in GlobalSurg’s most recent study, which focused on surgical site infection. This was published in Lancet Infectious Diseases (impact factor 17) last month gathering widespread media attention, including the Telegraph front page, Times, Daily Mail, and BBC News. GlobalSurg has a corporate authorship policy, with all collaborators listed as PubMed-citable co-authors.

The next study focuses on quality of breast, colon, and gastric cancer surgery. It is designed to be relevant to both high and low resource settings, so participation from NHS units is encouraged. Teams of up to three individuals will collect data over 4 consecutive weeks on all patients undergoing surgery for breast, colon, and gastric cancer (in very busy centres you may collect just breast or GI cases). Each patient should be followed-up for 30 days. The window for data collection runs from 1 April 2018 – 31 October 2018. Multiple teams may participate at each centre collecting data over distinct 4 week periods within the data collection window.

The full protocol will shortly be published on the GlobalSurg website soon.

To get involved, please enter your details on our online google sheet and link up with anyone else already interested at your site.

If you have friends and colleagues abroad (particularly in low- and middle- income countries) who might be interested in participating, please do share this opportunity with them, or forward Dmitri’s email ( contact to them.

Please contact Dmitri directly if you have any questions about the project.

C-GALL trial calling for help


The C-Gall trial is requesting support from the trainee-led research collaboratives to increase recruitment. Full details of the study at This is a trial run through the health services research institute of Aberdeen University and the researchers are particularly interested in enhancing recruitment at the centres already enrolled (see below). They are also keen to have other centres involved.

Any questions, please contact Karen Innes, the C-Gall trial manager,

Enrolled Centre                                         PI
Aberdeen                                           James Milburn
Nottingham                                        Ravi Vohra
Taunton                                               Richard Welbourn
Royal Free (London)                       Brian Davidson
Glasgow                                               Simon Gibson
Fife                                                        Peter Driscoll
Newport (Wales)                             Michael Nutt
Coventry                                             Jawad Ahmad
North Tees                                         Talvinder Gill
Plymouth                                            David Stell
Aintree                                                 Hassan Malik
Liverpool                                             Chris Halloran
Borders                                                Jamie Young
Durham                                                Zaher Toumi
Yeovil                                                    John Spearman
Birmingham                                        Robert Sutcliffe
Cardiff                                                  David O’Reilly
Warwick                                               Paul Marriot

Pan-specialty National Delirium Audit


GeMRC (Geriatric Medicine Research Collaborative) are planning to conduct a pan-specialty national point prevalence study/ audit of delirium recognition on Wednesday 14th March (World Delirium Day). This will involve assessing all adults aged 65 years and older in admissions units (medical and surgical) in the UK on this date, as per NICE guidelines. They are currently refining our protocol and proforma to make it as simple and effective as possible. The documents can all be found on their website and will be updated prior to the day, but can be used for audit registration purposes.

Point prevalence of delirium has not been done in UK hospitals before, and should lead to publication in a high impact paper.  If you’re interested in getting involved or would like to know more then contact Carly Welch directly To register your site click on the website link above.