Severn School of Surgery Research and Audit Day

Category: Training - School of Surgery

Date: September 20th 2012 1:00pm until 6:00pm

Location: Room LG08, Centre for Surgical Research, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol Canynge Hall, 39 Whatley Road BS8 2PS

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Trainees from all surgical specialities in the Severn Deanery are invited to submit abstracts for consideration for presentation at the annual Research and Audit Day. The three categories (and corresponding prizes) are:

  • Research abstracts (prize £500 of additional study leave expenses).
  • Audit abstracts (prize £250 of additional study leave expenses).
  • Quality improvement abstracts (prize £250 of additional study leave expenses).

Please submit your abstracts in TWO formats with one including all details, and the second omitting authorship and institution information (to allow for anonymised marking).

  • Title of project.
  • Authors with presenting author underlined and responsible author highlighted in bold.
  • Details of the department from where the work originated.
  • Structured within 250 words or less (see below).

Research abstracts

Abstracts should take this format: ‘Introduction and aim, methods, results, conclusion and interpretation.' Please submit evidence of research ethics approval or justification for its absence (from the ethics committee).

Audit abstracts

Abstracts should take this format: Audit standard and aim, methods, results, conclusion and clinical relevance’. Please submit evidence of audit registration in the appropriate NHS Trust.

Quality or service improvement abstracts

Abstracts should take this format: ‘Context, problem, assessment of problem and analysis of causes, 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). They do, however, aim to acquire knowledge about local services in order to improve them. Examples include; improving discharge summaries, and improving weekend handover.

Please note that abstracts not meeting these standards will not be considered for shortlisting. The judging panel of surgeons will include:

  • Professor Jane M Blazeby, Professor of Surgery, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
  • Mr Marcus Brooks, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
  • Mr Tim Cook, Program Director and Consultant Surgeon, Gloucester Royal Hospital
  • Mr Thomas Pinkney (visiting speaker and SpR in general surgery, West Midlands Deanery)
  • Miss Anne Pullyblank, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, North Bristol NHS Trust
  • Mrs Carrie Rodd, Consultant Surgeon, Gloucester Royal Hospital

Abstracts should be submitted to Professor Jane M. Blazeby at (Please contact her directly if further details are required.)

The deadline for submission is the 20th of July, 2012.
Prize winners will be announced at an evening dinner at Bordeaux Quay on the 20th of September.


UPDATE: Final Programme

13.00 Light lunch and registration

13.25 Welcome and introductions
Professor Jane Blazeby

Audit Presentations
Chaired by Mr Jonathan Rees (NIHR Clinical Lecturer, General Surgery)

13.30 Emma Upchurch
Extended VTE prophylaxis following urological surgery: are patients doing their bit?

13.37 Kerry-ann Hanks
Assessing the need for temporal artery biopsy in a district general hospital.

13.44 Simon Davey
Reversal of ileostomies, have we improved since 2002-2003?

13.51 Sean Strong
A prospective multicentre audit of outcomes following appendicectomy

13.58 Rachel Cave
Adherence to British Society of Gastroenterology guidelines for the management of acute pancreatitis in our Trust

14.05 Paul Rai
Abbreviated mental test score for hip fracture patients

14.12 Rachael Forsythe
PIP, pop, paparazzi! Media coverage of the ‘Poly implant Prosthèse scandal.’ The impact on breast cancer services and use of the fast track referral pathway

14.19 Alex Varey
Are we missing metastatic disease or other primary malignancies in patients with newly diagnosed melanoma by no longer routinely performing staging imaging?

Invited speaker to be introduced by Professor Jane Blazeby

14.30 Mr Thomas Pinkney, West Midlands Research Collaborative
‘Trainee-led surgical research - lessons learnt from the ROSSINI Trial’

SPARCS update

15.05 Mr Steve Hornby

15.10 Tea and coffee

Research presentations
Chaired by Professor Jane Blazeby (Professor of Surgery and Honorary Consultant Upper GI Surgeon)

15.30 James Barnes
The effect of cyclical chemotherapy on the mechanical and structural properties of bone in a rabbit model of limb lengthening

15.37 Alex Torrie
Publish or perish: how to avoid perishing

15.44 Joseph Ward
Towards standardised outcome reporting in reconstructive breast surgery

15.51 Natalie Blencowe
Written information in oesophageal cancer surgery: a review of patient information leaflets

15:58 James Williamson
The portrayal of bariatric surgery in the UK print media

Arrival of Professor Norman Williams and accompanying Presidential Party from the Royal College of Surgeons of England

16.05 Julia Blackburn
Biofunctionalisation of orthopaedic titanium

16.12 Victoria Penga
Aorto-caval fistula: current management strategies

16.19 Elinor Farrell
A systematic review of audio-visual information disclosure for informed consent for invasive healthcare procedures

Quality Improvement presentations
Chaired by Miss Anne Pullyblank (Clinical Director and Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, North Bristol NHS Trust)

16.30 Ishtiaq Rahman
Is increased low molecular weight heparin prophylaxis associated with increased pericardial effusions after surgery of the proximal thoracic aorta?

16.37 Henry Burnand
Why do day cases stay overnight? Interventions to improve foot and ankle throughput by early communication with the multi-disciplinary team

16.44 James Smith
Admission proforma significantly enhances the orthopaedic admission clerking and improves venous thromboembolism prophylaxis rates

16.53 Close of presentations
Professor Jane Blazeby

Invited guest

17.00 Trainees’ forum
Professor Norman Williams, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

18.00 Close

19.30 Severn School of Surgery Dinner (including presentation of prizes), Bordeaux Quay