Update on surgical clinical trials
The Clinical Trials Initiative, led by the Royal College of Surgeons of England is a national network that has been established to help surgeons develop trials. It was set up following concern that developments in surgical research were progressing more slowly than those in other medical disciplines. The initiative consists of five trials units embedded within existing clinical trials units, which specialise in developing and running surgical trials. Research active surgeons are also being appointed as Surgical Specialty Leads. The most recently appointed Surgical Specialty Lead is in breast surgery and is funded by Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer, in partnership with the Association of Breast Surgery.
The initiative is overseen by the Clinical Research Initiative Steering Committee (CRISC), an independent group of stakeholders in surgical research which includes representation from Cancer Research UK, MRC and the Department of Health through the NIHR. It will complement existing community-led efforts that encourage trainee involvement; trainees are now developing trials through the independently established surgical research collaboratives.
For more information on the Clinical Trials Initiative and details of the most recently appointed Surgical Speciality Lead, please follow the links below.