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Health & Social Care Research Across North East & North Cumbria.


Meet the Team

In collaboration with the Royal College of Surgeons, surgical research covers all disciplines including; breast, cardiothoracic, colorectal, general, head and neck, hepatobiliary, neurosurgery, plastic and hand surgery, transplantation, emergency and trauma surgery, gastrointestinal, urology and vascular surgery.

The surgical specialty in the research portfolio delivers complex interventional trials, including the evaluation of medical devices and techniques for the delivery of patient care, where surgical intervention forms at least one of the study arms.

There are many cross cutting themes between the surgical specialty and cancer, cardio, trauma and emergency and musculoskeletal disorders.

Susan Ridge

Research delivery manager

CRN North East and North Cumbria

Bob Slight

Surgery specialty group lead

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Areas supported:

Anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain management, critical care, trauma and emergency, ophthalmology, ears, nose and throat, musculoskeletal, surgery and oral and dental

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Bob Slight's research experience

I work as a consultant thoracic surgeon at the Freeman Hospital. My research career spans 20 years and I’m also based at the Population Health Sciences Institute, Newcastle University. The research portfolio of my team is broad and includes surgical safety, digital health, artificial intelligence, behavioural change and population health.

Tips for getting involved in surgical research Networks matter, we hope our inaugural North of England Forum for Surgical Research will be a good initial starting point. Decide your objectives, is it more along the lines of clinical trials or developing grass roots ideas. Most importantly it’s a bumpy road, never give up!

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How to get involved


Visit the national specialty page here

Seek opportunities

Visit the Royal College of Surgeons website  to explore research opportunities and access support from specialists. In the last 27 years, the college has committed more than £45 million to support over 850 trainee surgeons in their research journey

Complete e-learning

For those interested in conducting their own research, complete this e-learning module on research methodology. It is part of the RCS PGCert programme, however it can be completed as a standalone module


Enquire about Surgical Fellowships, where members of the Royal College of Surgeons will receive 12 months of funding to complete their first significant research project.