The Global Surgery Unit is based on a ‘Hub & Spokes Model’.
Research ‘hubs’ are established in larger, usually urban hospitals. Each hub acts as an independent research centre, running clinical trials and cohort studies, and supporting research training and education within its local context. The hubs receive resources to support the delivery of local training and research at smaller, often rural, ‘spoke’ hospitals.
To date, hubs have been established in: Ghana, Rwanda, South Africa, Mexico, India and Nigeria..
The hub and spokes model ensures all local patients have the opportunity to be included in research studies and to benefit from the resources provided by their Hub.
Most importantly, we are engaging local surgeons; we believe long term sustainability can only be achieved if clinicians within LMICs are empowered to design and deliver the clinical research needed to improve surgical outcomes for their own patients.
Our ambition is to train front line clinicians and health professionals to deliver clinical prioritisation and research that will challenge and improve surgical practice within their own countries and where the need is greatest.
Working in this way, the NIHR GSU will build and strengthen research capacity in partner countries ensuring long-term sustainability of high quality research, and ultimately improving surgical outcomes for patients around the world.