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

Midlands Regional Spoke Launch Meeting of the National Institute for Health Research Healthcare Technology Co-operative (HTC) for Colorectal Therapies

All trainees interested are welcome to register to attend the Midlands Regional Spoke Launch Meeting of the National Institute for Health Research Healthcare Technology Co-operative (HTC) for Colorectal Therapies. This one-day event will be held on the 23rd April 2015 at The Studio in Birmingham.

The HTC in Colorectal Therapies was formed in April 2013 with the objective of bringing together experts from the NHS, academia and industry with funders, professional bodies, and patients/public to solve (NHS) unmet clinical needs in colorectal disease.  The anticipated outcome of this meeting will be development of new and exciting collaborations, which will go on to seek funding to support innovative solutions that improve the care of patients affected by colorectal disease. For more on the HTC please go to our website; colorectal.htc.nihr.ac.uk

To register and for more information just visit: http://colorectal.htc.nihr.ac.uk/networking-events

Or see this flyer: HTC 23 April Regional Meeting Flyer [1]

Bluebelle – wound dressing survey now available

The final protocol for the Bluebelle study’s wound dressing survey project is now available!

The project will be starting in January and is looking to collect data at 15 centres in the West Midlands.  Anyone can be involved from medical student to consultant!

Thank you to all those who have expressed an interest in being involved in this study.  Please see the Bluebelle study page on this website for further details.

Please contact Andy Torrance at adwtorrance@doctors.org.uk to get involved

December Monthly Meeting

Ms Adele Francis is our next guest speaker at the West Midlands Research Collaborative meeting tonight. Her main research interests include neoadjuvant therapy and surgical overtreatment of breast cancer. She is the Royal College of Surgeons Surgical Speciality Lead for Breast Surgery and is tasked with the development of networks to deliver multi-centre studies which will involve the trainees.

She will be talking about clinical trials in breast surgery and the opportunities for, and key role of, trainees in such trials. Her profile can be viewed at http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/mds/featured-research/breast-aware/researchers-breast-cancer.aspx

The meeting is in the Education Centre, 1st floor (above the main atrium), QEHB on Monday 1st December at 6.30 pm.

Also, on the agenda there will be presentations on 3 studies (ROSSINI2, ROCCS, PPOP) that are being prepared for NIHR funding in January 2015 – check out our website for more details (http://wmresearch.org.uk/?page_id=2). There are opportunities for the trainees on the Trial Management teams for these studies.

As ever feel free to attend.

September Monthly Meeting

The September meeting this month will be taking place on the 1st September at 18:30 in the usual place.

This month will we be discussing all ongoing/upcoming studies and trials.

Special guest speaker this month will be Prof. Chetter who is a Vascular Surgeon from Hull.

Newcomers more than welcome!