Oxford Brookes to research into surgical robotics and minimally invasive surgery

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Surgery

'Robotic and minimally-invasive surgery’ is revolutionising the reach, timeliness, safety, and type of many routine operations in the NHS. However, these surgical developments have not been matched by advances in research capacity and future leadership-training for the relevant professional groups that will shape, perform, deliver these innovations.

'Robotic and minimally-invasive surgery’ is revolutionising the reach, timeliness, safety, and type of many routine operations in the NHS. However, these surgical developments have not been matched by advances in research capacity and future leadership-training for the relevant professional groups that will shape, perform, deliver these innovations. 

The National Institute of Health Research has recently awarded funding to establish a research academy “incubator” to build research capacity in all relevant professions including surgical trainees, Operating Department Practitioners (ODP), Theatre Nurses, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists. Central to this award is the involvement of The Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Health Research (OxINMAHR). Future research funding is likely to be sought in areas such as surgical consent, risk of post-operative infection and the effectiveness of post-operative rehabilitation.  

OxINMAHR's mission is to develop research capacity in Nursing and Allied Health professionals and they are therefore seen as critical. This new academy partnership. OxINMAHR provides a virtual home and specialty-specific research community for the clinical professionals that the National Institute for Health Research incubator seeks to develop. 

Prof Paul Carding, Director of OxINMAHR says " This is an excellent opportunity for Oxford Brookes to be involved in a national research academy incubator and will hopefully lead to many exciting research opportunities overt the next few years".  The Academy will be led from University College London, and OxINMAHR Director Prof. Paul Carding and academics Nigel Conway and Chloe Rich will join partners from Leeds, Bristol, Cambridge, and Oxford Universities.