Royal College of Surgeons Surgical Trials Initiative (RCS)

York Trials Unit is member of the Royal College of Surgeons Surgical Trials Initiative, a network of seven surgical trials units across the UK. Currently, less than 2% of government funding for medical research goes into surgical areas, despite the fact that a third of hospital admissions involve surgery. York Trials Unit is working with RCS and network members to support new surgical trials.

We welcome requests for collaboration on surgical trials. All requests should be initially made using the Request for Trials Unit Collaboration Form (Form 1) (MS Word  , 90kb) or, if it is an orthopaedic trial, using the BOA collaboration form (MS Word , 69kb). Please email completed forms to

Investigators are advised to approach YTU as early as possible in the development of a research proposal.