The upper GI unit at Leicester Royal Infirmary offers cancer care to patients in the Leicester, Rutland and Northampton areas, with outreach services for Northamptonshire.
The unit is involved in the management of antireflux surgery and Leicester is an NHS implanting centre for LINX therapy. Five of our six surgeons offer bariatric surgery including endoscopic suturing techniques, for which Leicester is the UK training centre.
The team is made up of six consultants.
We provide excellent education to foundation doctors, core and higher surgical trainees. As well as a weekly educational programme, we offer a wide variety of academic expertise within the team.
Our unit’s consultants include the regional core and higher general surgical training programme directors. All our consultants examine for the University of Leicester undergraduate examinations. Four of our consultants are involved in national recruitment programmes for core or higher general surgical training, and two examine for the part three exit examination in general surgery.
Two of our consultants are regional conveners for the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) educational supervisor (TrACE) training course. One consultant regularly instructs on the RCS care of the critically ill surgical patient course, and three consultants teach the RCS basic surgical skills course.
The department has an active research programme, with a number of recently completed funded investigator-led clinical trials.
These trials have led to a number of national and international presentations and to peer-reviewed publications. Follow on work from these studies is underway, with an application for a programme grant with the clinical trials unit and the research design service.
Half of our team hold honorary academic positions with the University of Leicester in recognition of ongoing academic and educational excellence, and we have collaborations in place with the Leicester Biomedical Research Unit, the Leicester Clinical Trials Unit, the University of Leicester and DeMontfort University.
We are actively involved in a number of multi-centre portfolio studies including enhanced perioperative care, minimally invasive oesophagectomy, and the anti cancer effects of aspirin.