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Date(s) - 06/06/2015
9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Royal College of Surgeons of England

The RSTN Trials Day is back for a third year on Saturday 6th June 2015. The programme is below. It is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England for up to 6.0 CPD points.


It is FREE to register for the event here. The event is now almost sold out. If no tickets show, please contact mdgardiner@gmail.com.

Refreshments will be provided, including an excellent College lunch.

Each attendee will receive a certificate of attendance on receipt of their feedback form.

Accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England for up to 6.0 CPD points.

Drinks reception

We have reserved the Terrace at Tom’s Kitchen, Somerset House directly after the end of the meeting. Enjoy a drink and some food whilst enjoying the spectacular views down the River Thames. To register for the reception click here.

TK Terrace


Feedback from the RSTN Trials Day 2014

“great insight into national trials”

“well organised, lots of ideas for getting involved in research, nice!”

“lots of time for networking”

“Excellent speakers, interesting topics”

“strong lecturers and content; a well oiled timeline”

Feedback from the RSTN Trials Day 2013

“very well organised meeting covering a wealth of information and providing useful tips for how to get involved in clinical trials.”

“interactive and not intimidating and good to see that collaboration in clinical research is improving”

“lovely atmosphere, interactive, friendly, helpful”

“good range of talks. good introduction to running a trial”

Abstract submission

Abstract submission is now closed. There are four slots available for oral presentations additional proposals will be invited to present a poster.

The winner will be presented with a certificate and book prize from Oxford University Press.

OUP logo

We are grateful for support from our sponsors:

Q Med logo - Transparent      Eurosurgical logo     Smith and Nephew   Mentor logo   ethicon-johson-johnson nagor-logo

Click the link to download information about the event and sponsorship options: RSTN Sponsorship Information


Prof. Abhilash Jain MSc PhD FRCS(Plast), Surgical Specialty Lead for Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery

Session one

0940Sandpit SessionIn the Edward Lumley Hall
Prof. David Beard, Co-director, RCS Surgical Interventional Trials Unit (SITU), Oxford
1. Develop clinical trial ideas for topics relating to major trauma
2. Understand the steps to take an idea through to a clinical trial
3. Create a PICO for the trial idea

Session two

1130How to fund a clinical trial
Jonathan Cook BSc PhD, Associate Professor and Deputy Director of SITU, University of Oxford
James Henderson MD FHEA EurDipHandSurg FRCS(Plast), Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Bristol
1200All you need to know about pilot randomized controlled trials
Prof. Jane Blazeby BSc MD FCRS, Professor of Surgery, Bristol Surgical Trials Centre, Bristol
1. Understand an external pilot RCT
2. Why use an internal pilot RCT rather than an external pilot RCT
3. The role of feasibility studies

Session three

1400Keynote: Evidence Based Plastic Surgery Clinical Trials in the U.S.A.: Why it is Important
Prof. Ernest S. Chiu MD FACS, Director of the Helen & Martin Kimmel Wound Healing Center, NYU Langone Medical Center
1430BSSH National Audits
Emma Reay BSc FRCS(T&O), Trainee Lead for Hand Surgery
1435The trials and tribulations of being a trainee trialist
Vimal Gokani MSc MRCS, BHF Clinical Research Fellow in Vascular Surgery; Past President of ASiT
1445implant Breast Reconstruction evaluAtion (iBRA)
Oly Branford MA PhD FRCS(Plast), Specialty Registrar in Plastic Surgery, London
Marc Moncrieff MD FRCS(Plast), Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Norwich
1455National Audit of dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP)
Alana Durak Specialty Registrar in Dermatology, Cambridge
Aina Greig PhD FRCS(Plast), Consultant Plastic Surgeon, London
1505British Burns Association Trials update
Isabel Jones MD FRCS(Plast), Consultant Burn Surgeon, London

Session four: Dragons’ Den

1545Collaborative projects will be pitched to an expert panel and the audience.

A multi-centre, prospective cohort study investigating outcomes of sentinel node biopsy in Stage III cutaneous melanoma patients with ambiguous lymphatic drainage. 
Marc Moncrieff MD FRCS(Plast), Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Norwich

The INPUT Trial – Incisional Negative Pressure wound therapy Used in Trauma.
Hawys Lloyd-Hughes, Specialty Registrar in Plastic Surgery, London

National confidential audit of orthoplastic coding.
Jennifer Lane, Academic Clinical Fellow in Orthopaedics, Oxford

Can N-acetylcysteine have a future role in the management of hand nerve injury?
Frank Acquaah, Medical Student, London

1700Close and award of poster prize
Certificates will be awarded on receipt of the feedback forms.


Registration will be in the main entrance of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. The meeting will be held in lecture theatre 2 on the ground floor. Refreshments and the posters will be in committee rooms 1 and 2 and the council room.

Information for speakers

You need to register for the meeting here.

The meeting will be in Lecture Theatre 2. The sessions are very busy and so we will ruthlessly stick to time. A bell will go at the end of your allotted time.

PowerPoint presentations can be uploaded at the speakers platform in the lecture theatre. No presentations using your own laptop will be allowed.