9th Annual Severn School of Surgery Research, Audit and Quality Improvement Training and Prize Day

Category: Competitions - Other

Date: November 10th 2017

Location: Engineers House, The Promenade, Clifton Down, Avon, Bristol BS8 3NB

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A morning of session of academic and educational presentations followed by an afternoon of trainee research, audit and quality improvement presentations (offering an opportunity to win prizes for the best presentations). The deadline for abstracts is 6th of October, 2017. Details of how to prepare and submit abstracts can be found below.


Event Registration 

Registration is required to attend this event. Please email your name, job title and email address to csr-bristol@bristol.ac.uk

Places limited. Trainees book your leave now!


How to Prepare/Submit Your Abstract

Trainees from all surgical specialties in the Severn Deanery are invited to submit abstracts for consideration for presentation at the annual Research and Audit Day.

The submission categories are as follows:

  • Research abstracts
  • Audit abstracts
  • Quality improvement abstracts
  • Dragon's Den trial proposal

Please submit your abstracts in TWO formats:
First - including all details. Second - omitting authorship, institution and email information (2-4 below to allow for anonymised marking).

  1. Title of project. 
  2. Authors with presenting author underlined and responsible/senior author highlighted in bold. 
  3. Department where the work was performed. 
  4. Contact email address.
  5. Structured within 250 words or less (see below). 
  6. Save one file R, A, Q or D followed by a full stop followed by your surname then a number if submitting more than one abstract. E.g. A.Brown2. Please use your title as the file name for the anonymised version.

Research abstracts
- abstracts should take this format:

‘Introduction and aim, methods, results, conclusion.' Please also submit evidence of ethics approval where this exists.

Audit abstracts
- abstracts should take this format:

‘Audit standard and aim, methods, results, conclusion’ Please also submit evidence of audit registration in the appropriate NHS Trust. Abstracts submitted without this evidence will be rejected.

Quality or service improvement abstracts
- abstracts should take this format:

‘Problem, intervention, strategy for change, measures for improvement, effects of change and lessons learnt.’

Quality improvement projects do not compare practice to current standards (audit), and do not involve interventions or measuring outcomes that are not routine practice (research).
Quality improvement is about reliably applying evidence based medicine to routine clinical care. This should be achieved by applying quality improvement methodology i.e. small cycle tests of change (PDSA cycles) aiming for 95% reliability which ultimately bring about an improvement in patient safety or quality of clinical care, see http://www.institute.nhs.uk/quality_and_service_improvement_tools/quality_and_service_improvement_tools/plan_do_study_act.html

Dragon’s Den trial proposal
We invite you to submit ideas for new trials and to work with us to develop these proposals into full and fundable ideas. All proposals for RCTs in any type of surgery will be considered. Proposals should be submitted by 6th October, 2017 and contain the following information in no more than 500 words:

  • Name of lead and other team members, including specialty and grade. Each team must consist of at least one consultant surgeon
  • Background and rationale for the RCT, including existing literature reviews
  • Hypothesis to be tested
  • Trial design including suggested primary and secondary endpoints and details of intervention(s)

Submissions will be anonymised and judged by a panel of methodologists and surgeons. The main focus will be on the feasibility and deliverability of the idea rather than specifics of trial design. Mentorship will be offered to help you prepare the pitch

Authors will be informed of the outcome by 20th October 2017. Shortlisted individuals/teams will be invited to present their ideas in a Dragon’s Den at the annual Research and Audit training day on Friday 10th November 2017. The winning team will have the opportunity to help write a proposal to obtain funding to run the trial.

Deadline for submission for all categories is 6th of October, 2017.

Abstracts should be submitted to csr-bristol@bristol.ac.uk and clearly marked in one of the four categories.





  1. To provide training in basic research concepts
  2. Be inspired from research leaders and successful research projects/trials
  3. To provide an opportunity to present work and spread good ideas and practice

08:45 Registration and Coffee

09:00 Welcome. (Professor Rob Hinchliffe, Professor of Vascular Surgery, University of Bristol.)

09:10 Trials in ruptured AAA (IMPROVE). (Rob Hinchliffe, Bristol)

09:30 Trials in Emergency Medicine (AIRWAYS-2 Trial). (Professor Jonathan Benger, Bristol)

09:50 Anaesthesia trials in emergency surgery (FLOELA). (Dr Mark Edwards, Southampton)

10:10 Emergency resuscitation with aortic occlusion trial (UK-REBOA). (Professor Marion Campbell, Aberdeen)

10:30 Discussion (Jane Blazeby)

10:50 Tea and Coffee

11:15 Trainee presentation (Research/Audit) (Chairs: Natalie Blencowe and George Dovell)

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Introduction to the Dragons’ Den by Jane Blazeby (Dragons: Shelley Potter, Jonathan Sterne, Mark Edwards, Marcus Drake, Marion Campbell)


13:40 Trial 1

14:05 Trial 2

14:30 Trial 3

14:55 Trial 4

15:20 Summing up and key learning points (Jonathan Sterne)

15:40 Tea and coffee

16:00 Trainee presentations (Chairs: Barry Main and Ben Byrne)

17:00 The good, the bad and the ugly – Lessons from BJS (Jonathan Earnshaw, Editor-in-Chief British Journal of Surgery)

17:30 Close of meeting and award of prizes (Mr Stephen Eastaugh-Waring, Head of Severn School of Surgery)