Associate SSL recruitment - APPLY NOW


As part of the Royal College of Surgeons of England Surgical Trials Initiative applications are requested for the post of 3 Associate Surgical Specialty Leads for Orthopaedic Surgery. The aim is to provide training and mentorship opportunities for the next generation of surgical trialists who will be supported to become leaders of an expanded surgical trials portfolio over the next 5-10 years.

This post will support the activities of the existing Surgical Specialty Leads in Orthopaedic Surgery (Professor Xavier Griffin (Adult Trauma) and Professor Paul Baker (Adult Elective) and Professor Dan Perry (Paediatrics)), through the leadership of trainee research initiatives, clinical trials, and contribution to the RCS Surgical Trials Initiative activities. The post is only open to trainees with a National Training Number and will be for one year in the first instance (extendable to two). Trainees with an interest in any of the major subspecialties are invited to apply. Extensive trials experience is not a requirement but applicants should be considering a career in academic orthopaedics. Funds are available to support research activities including travel and subsistence costs required for the role. 

To Apply

To apply please forward a complete CV plus a letter of no more than one side of A4 describing

  1. which of the SSL roles (Elective/ Trauma/ Paediatric) best fit your interest
  2. your existing research activity
  3. your personal academic plans for the next 5 years
  4. how you feel that you could contribute to the surgical trials initiative

All applications should be submitted to the email address [email protected] no later than 23:59 on 29th February. Competitive interviews may follow (depending upon strength of applications).

Please read the below Job Description, Opportunity and Requirements Information before applying.

Associate Orthopaedic Surgical Specialty Leads - Role Description

The Royal College of Surgeons of England, with support from partners, launched the RCS Surgical Trials Initiative in December 2012. Surgical Specialty Leads (SSLs) have been appointed across most specialties and seven Surgical Trials Centres have been recruited and form the core of the initiative. Since launch, one of the overriding objectives of the initiative has been to develop trainee involvement in surgical clinical research by engaging with trainees, supporting trainee research collaboratives, and hosting events across all specialties. Associate Surgical Specialty Lead (Associate SSLs), will work closely with the SSL to develop and deliver surgical clinical research in their discipline. This is a unique opportunity for a trainee to be involved in this successful initiative and have the opportunity to shape the course of research in their specialty.


1. An opportunity for an orthopaedic surgery trainees within the subspecialty of the SSL to learn about trial design and conduct

2. To champion collaborative trials work with other trainees

3. Trainee to attend SSL +meetings in London and where appropriate, joint SSL and Surgical Trials Centre meetings

4. Trainee to be party to correspondence re SSL work

5. Trainee to be on a trial management group/steering committee

6. Expenses will be paid by SSL allocation

7. Trainee to be co-applicant on a new grant

8. To liaise with RCS and BOA clinical trial units


1. Trainee to have an NTN

2. Trainee to liaise with collaboratives within their field to co-ordinate pre-trial work to inform new trials

3. Trainee to work with at least one trial

4. Trainee to attend RCS SSL meetings and support the RCS Surgical Trials Initiative

5. Ability to team work with other trainees, and create or re-enforce established trainee research networks

6. Act as a focus to promote research opportunities amongst trainees including funding and training opportunities