"The aSSL role is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in colorectal research on a national scale, help support established researchers and develop new junior researchers whilst developing your own research interests and skills."
Deena Harji, ST7 General Surgery, Associate Surgical Speciality Lead for Coloproctology, RCSEng & ACPGBI Specialty Trainee Rep NiHR North East and Cumbria, President Dukes’ Club Chair, Northern Surgical Trainees Research Association
The Royal College of Surgeons of England, with support from partners, launched the RCS Surgical Trials Initiative in December 2012. To date, Surgical Specialty Leads (SSLs) have been appointed across most specialties and seven Surgical Trials Centres have been recruited and form the core of the initiative. Since launch, one of the overriding objectives of the initiative has been to develop trainee involvement in surgical clinical research by engaging with trainees, supporting trainee research collaboratives and hosting numerous events across all specialties. The SSLs are responsible for leading and carrying out the recruitment process for the Associate Surgical Specialty Lead (aSSLs), in their specialty. The post-holder will work closely with the two Colorectal SSLs to develop and deliver surgical clinical research in colorectal surgery. This is a unique opportunity for a trainee to be involved in this successful initiative and have the opportunity to shape the course of colorectal research.
1. An opportunity for a surgical trainee within the subspecialty of colorectal to learn about trial design and conduct
2. To learn about and perform a systematic review
3. Trainee to attend SSL +meetings in London and where appropriate, joint SSL and Surgical Trials Centre meetings
4. Trainee to be party to correspondence re SSL work
5. Trainee to be on a trial management group/steering committee
6. Expenses will be paid by SSL allocation
7. Trainee to be co-applicant on a new grant that they are involved with from the outset
8. To liaise with surgical clinical trial units and research design service
9. To champion work with other trainees (and other aSSLs) and participate in the National Research Collaborative Meetings.
10. To gain insight into the running of a National Trainees Club (Dukes’) by being a non-executive member.
1. Trainee to have an NTN
2. Trainee to demonstrate that colorectal surgery is highly likely to be their chosen subspecialty
3. Trainee to liaise with collaboratives within their field to co-ordinate pre-trial work to inform new trials
4. Trainee to work with at least one trial
5. Trainee to attend meetings and consider attendance at systematic review meetings
6. To apply and work with the RCS opportunities for systematic reviews
7. Demonstration of ability to team work with other trainees, and create or re-enforce established trainee research networks
8. To support the RCS Surgical Trials Initiative
9. Act as a focus to promote research opportunities amongst trainees including funding and training opportunities
Closing date Thursday 19 September at 12 noon
Interview on 1st October (venue to be confirmed).