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Date(s) - 21/06/2014
9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Royal College of Surgeons of England

We are grateful for sponsorship from:

Smith and Nephew        V7 CCRE2013


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We are now fully booked. One or two delegates often drop out and so please still register at the bottom of the page. We will do everything we can to squeeze you in!

The RSTN Trials Day is back again following the success of last year. It is open to undergraduates all the way through to consultant plastic surgeons and orthopaedic hand surgeons. We hope to keep it relaxed but informative.

We are very fortunate to have internationally recognised leaders in the world of surgical trials speaking from the IDEAL CollaborationBristol Surgical Trials Centre and Oxford Surgical Intervention Trials Unit (SITU).

There will be updates on current projects that you can get involved with. New for this year we have a Dragons’ Den session for collaborative projects to be pitched to a panel (with plenty of audience participation) and a poster prize. Details for abstract submission are below.


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”


Poster prize

The Trials Day is an excellent opportunity to pitch ideas to your peers and receive feedback. The RSTN supports collaborative projects whether they are trials, observational studies or other research. We welcome abstract submissions of no more than 250 words for the poster competition, sponsored by Oxford University Press.

Present your abstract in whatever format you consider most effective for selling the idea. For clinical trial ideas, you should consider the “PICO” format.

Submit the abstracts here. The abstract deadline is Friday 13th June 2014.

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

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Tickets are FREE but limited to 120. Please use the booking form at the bottom of the page.

Refreshments will be provided, including an excellent College lunch.

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

The day is badged by BAPRAS and is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England for up to five CPD points/hours.

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Registration will be in the main entrance of the Royal College of Surgeons. 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.



Abhilash Jain, Surgical Specialty Lead for Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery

Session one: surgical trials methodology

0940The IDEAL Collaborative and surgical trials
Prof. Peter McCulloch, Nuffield Department of Surgery, University of Oxford
1010Ins and outs of statistics for surgical trials
Virginia Chiocchia, Statistician, Oxford Surgical Intervention Trials UnitThe aims are:
1. To understand the importance of statistical thinking throughout the trial
2. To understand what makes a good trial design
3. To understand the impact of reporting guidelines on the design and implementation of the trial
1030Pragmatics of research trials and regulatory governance
Victoria Rush, Clinical Trials Manager, Oxford Surgical Intervention Trials UnitThe aims are:
1. To gain an understanding of how regulations governing research came about
2. To review key research governance legislation
3. To understand why it is relevant to surgical trials

Session two: get involved!

1115How to get involved in the RSTN Network
Matthew Gardiner, Trainee Lead for Plastic Surgery, RSTNThe Interface Hand Fellow Group
Emma Reay, Interface Hand Fellow, Newcastle.
Shehan Hettiaratchy, Consultant Plastic Surgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
1130NINJAs unite: update on the first RSTN trial
Aina Greig, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, St Thomas’ Hospital
1200implant Breast Reconstruction evaluAtion (iBRA)
Shelley Potter, NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Surgery, Bristol
1215An interactive quiz: outcome selection, measuring and reporting within the context of large scale pragmatic or smaller single centre explanatory studies (don’t worry you won’t get picked on!)
Prof. Jane Blazeby, Professor of Surgery, Bristol Surgical Trials CentreThe aims are:
1. To understand what an outcome is and how to select this in the context of the trial design
2. To understand key methods for outcome measurement (with minimal bias) and follow up in trials
3. To understand outcome reporting in trials

Session three: inspiration to underway – getting a trial off the ground

1400Trainee-led surgical research: lessons learnt from the West Midlands Research Collaborative and the ROSSINI Trial
Tom Pinkney, Senior Lecturer and Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, BirminghamThe aims are:
1. To understand the history of trainee-led research collaboratives and why they are a good idea.
2. To provide an update on the progress of trainee-led research to date and how to set up a successful collaborative group.
3. To share lessons learnt from designing and running the first trainee-led prospective multicentre RCT.
1430BAPRAS trial prize: tranexamic acid in major burns
Shehab Jabir, Core Trainee in Surgery, East of England
1452BSSH trial prize: repair of nail bed injuries?
Mo Akhavani, Interface Hand Surgery Fellow, Manchester (on behalf of Richard baker)
144510 things to think about when designing surgical trials
Prof. David Beard, Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences and Co-Director of RCS Surgical Trials Unit (SITU) Oxford

Session four: Dragons’ Den – multi-centre collaboration

1530Collaborative projects will be pitched to an expert panel and the audience.National practice survey of necrotising fasciitis
Suzanne Murphy, Clinical Research Fellow in Plastic Surgery, CambridgeScalpeL Incision versus Cutting Electrocautery Trial (SLICE)
James Haddow, Clinical Research Fellow in Surgery, National Centre for Bowel Research and Surgical Innovation, QMUL

Mallet Injury Splinting Trial (MIST)
Aenone Harper, Specialty Registrar in Plastic Surgery, Bristol

Minimising morbidity and mortality in pretibial lacerations by an optimised management protocol
Graeme Glass, ACL and Specialty Registrar in Plastic Surgery, London

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



Bookings are closed for this event.