October meeting

October will see the launch of the RIFT audit. This will be the next multicentre audit from the WMRC and follows in the footsteps of the very successful appendicitis audit in 2012.
The audit will be fully explained with extended discussion around all aspects of the audit.
We would encourage consultants from across the region to attend with a view to being a local PI and any grade trainee/doctor to come to hear how they can set up the audit in their hospital.
This will be a very informal meeting with the emphasis on interaction. It is an ideal opportunity to come along and get involved.

Right Iliac Fossa pain Treatment (RIFT) audit

The West Midlands Research Collaborative – RIFT Audit Group

Background: Right iliac fossa (RIF) pain is a common presenting symptom. Differentiating those patients who may have acute appendicitis (AA) is clinically challenging. The Alvarado and AIR appendicitis risk stratification scores have been developed to guide the investigation and management of AA, but are rarely used in clinical practice. The current investigation and management of RIF pain and AA varies across the UK.
Endpoints: The audit standards are: 1) All patients at low or medium risk of appendicitis should have imaging prior to operative management; 2) where appropriate, appendectomy should be performed laparoscopically.
Methods: Data will be collected over a two-week period in the spring of 2017, and will include: the clinical presentation; the laboratory investigations; imaging results; operative method; histological results and 14-day re-admission rate. Participation from 100 centres is estimated to recruit 1000 patients with right iliac fossa pain who may have appendicitis. The study will be performed using a standardised pre-determined protocol and an anonymous, online database (REDCap).
Conclusion: This study will describe the risk stratification and current management of right iliac fossa pain and acute appendicitis in the UK.

National Research Collaborative Meeting 30/11/16

The next National Research Collaborative Meeting is being held in London on 30/11/16. It is always an excellent meeting with presentations on current projects as well as sessions to learn about developing new ideas. NASBO, which is the latest national audit, began in Sheffield last year. Registration is free and can be done at www.nrcm.uk.

Meeting 11th July

We are looking forward to a education packed meeting tonight. It is the first in a series of ‘How to……’ presentations. Tonight it will be ‘How to do a systematic review’. There will also be a recent review discussed and updates on funding applications and publications from one of our recent projects.
Come along to get involved and make sure that you take full advantage of the opportunity to be part of the next project.
Miss it and Miss out!

‘How to…..’ series

The committee are really excited to announce the first in a series of ‘How to….’ themed meetings. The July meeting is going to be themed towards ‘How to write a systematic review’.
This will involve senior members within the collaborative that have expertise in doing this passing on their know-how and culminating in an example of a review that is due to be submitted in the near future.
This promises to be a really useful meeting for all grades of doctors who do not feel confident in writing a review.
All are welcome.
Further details will be released nearer the time.
July 4th. QE Education Centre.

6th June Meeting

Following on from the discussion at the May meeting, two presentations are pencilled in for Monday 6the June. Sekhar Marla will be presenting his SSI in breast surgery audit and a PICO system study will also be presented and discussed. Further presentations will be added in due course.

In other news, WMRC are pleased to respond to trainee requests with digital certificates for participation at meetings. These can be added to portfolios to be used as evidence at annual ARCPs.

Everyone is welcome at the Monday meeting.

Once again there will be more pizza than you can eat!

Next Meeting

Monday 9th May Meeting.

An exciting line up of presentations and discussion at our Monday meeting. Opportunities to join a team for a new study, updates on progress of current projects and presentations on both CholeS and MASDA, both of which are due to be presented at National meetings soon.

As an added bonus, there will be free pizza for all.

See you at 6:30 in Seminar Room 2, Education Centre, QE

MASDA update

REDCap is now operational and we are sending out login details to all our registered users

Please follow this link to the website

If you have started collecting data and not told us as yet, please contact us at masda@wmresearch.org.uk so that we can calculate the end date of your 90-day data collection period.

Our REDCap user guide can be accessed here or via the REDCap site once logged in.

MASDA protocol now available

The latest MASDA study protocol is now available on our site. Please see the MASDA page for more details and to download

MASDA study

We are pleased to announce the launch of the National MASDA (Mastectomy Decisions Audit)!
This is a multi-centre prospective audit exploring the reasons for recommending mastectomy in the UK in 2015. We aim to involve ALL breast units, in order to provide a comprehensive view of current practice. The audit will capture variations in practice and inform design of a future randomised trial. Data will be anonymised. Individual units will be able to access their own data on request. Please see the MASDA study page for more information.

Research Collaborative event – Birmingham 21st October 2015

Please follow this link for details of this exciting upcoming event supported by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh