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Surgical Trials Group

The surgical trials group brings together experienced methodologists and surgeons with the aim of designing, securing funding for and delivering high quality surgical trials to strengthen the evidence base for surgical interventions and care of surgical patients. 

We are a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England Surgical Trials Initiative, a network of seven specialist surgical trials centres. We also work in partnership with the British Orthopaedic Association

We bring expertise in trial design and statistics, feasibility trials, data management, trial delivery, qualitative and mixed methods research, systematic reviews and research reporting. In addition, we have an expanding network of surgical colleagues who can lend clinical support to surgical trials. We also draw on wider unit expertise on involving patients and the public in our research and have a specialist PPI manager based within the wider Trials Unit.

We have an extensive portfolio of orthopaedic and other surgical trials and welcome new collaborations with surgeon colleagues to develop new trials. We also provide supervision for PhDs and MDs on topics relevant to trials in surgery.

Ongoing Trials

Trials in Other Surgical Specialties

If you are interested in discussing a collaboration please complete the Request for Trials Unit Collaboration Form (Form 1) (MS Word , 84kb). Please email completed forms to

We collaborate on grant proposals which are prioritised on the following key criteria:

  • Does the work address an important question to patients and clinicians?
  • Does it address a clear gap in knowledge?
  • What is the feasibility of the proposed clinical trial?
  • What is the potential to secure funding?

Prioritisation of topics is undertaken by a panel of senior staff members. In evaluating the importance of the question we will take into account the priorities of patients, carers and surgeons as identified through research priority initiatives such as the James Lind Alliance.

The team

The team draws on the wider expertise of the researchers within YTU depending on the requirements of individual grant applications.


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