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Got a Trial....

If you wish to discuss a new trial proposal, require assistance with a grant application or need general help and advice on trial design, statistics, databases etc then please contact Tony Coffey on 0151 794 8929 or or the director Nigel Bundred


BOSTiC: Traiing in Research Methods for Surgical Trainees

Our colleagues at The Bristol and Oxford Surgical Trials Units are running a three day surgical research training event for surgical trainees (all specialties) in Spring 2016 (Wednesday 27th April to Friday 29th April inclusive) at the University of Bristol.

This course is designed for surgical trainees wanting to learn about trials methodology, and to be involved in high quality research projects.  

The attached flyer and website provide further details, including application.

Any queries regarding the course to be directed to Ms Kate Taylor, Senior Executive Assistant, BOSTiC please.  Tel: 0117 331 4540, email 

BOSTiC Flyer


Trial Adoption Proforma

Click Here to download the Trial Adoption Form. Please save the form to a folder on your computer before you complete it, this will allow the information in the form to be saved. If you complete the form online, you will not be able to save the information that is entered.

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Latest News

Device development evidence and commissioning event

The NWSTC, in collaboration with the Innovation Agency and Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network, our partners in the organisation of this event, recognised the need to develop or evaluate surgical and medical devices through Clinical Trials in order to show efficacy or financial savings to promote procurement within the NHS.


Professor Nigel Bundred, Director of the NWSTC, plus our partner organisations' Directors, were delighted to invite MediTech .....

Upcoming awards that we can support you in applying for

Below is a list of a number of upcoming awards that might be relevant to your surgical speciality and/or career progression.

We at the NWSTC would obviously be delighted to support you with any award you wish to apply for, just get in touch with us at

Health technology assessment programme – commissioned call: 17/13 Department of Health including NIHR

This supports research investigating the extent to which cytoreductive surgery .....

Local surgeon appears in ITV drama

Little Boy Blue, the ITV drama about the Rhys Jones murder, used real doctors and nurses to make the attempted resuscitation scenes as realistic as possible.  Mr Kulbir Mann, a General Surgeon and Co-Chair of the Liverpool Trainee Research Collaborative, which is affiliated to the NWSTC, played the role of the team leader during the heart breaking scenes.  In an interview with the Liverpool Echo, he said ‘the cast studied the real coroner’s report from Rhys’ .....


Packing of Perianal Abscess Cavities - full study now in set-up

The Phase III Randomised Controlled Trial assessing the impact of postoperative Packing of Perianal Abscess Cavities in now funded and in set-up.  Packing changes are very painful for patients that have undergone this procedure.  The primary aim of this study is to assess the pain of wound cavity packing changes versus no wound cavity packing at all, as well as the wound cavity healing rate of both techniques as a secondary aim. Other secondary aims will also be assessed.  A .....