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Teaching Programme

The Academic Surgical Unit offers opportunities to strengthen surgical clinical excellence ​by providing research training and education. It aims to provide high quality teaching and training for Medical Students, Foundation Doctors and Physician Associates. 

  • Successful running of a weekly teaching programme for surgical junior doctors (we demonstrated an improvement in the GMC Survey results and a balance between training, service pressure and staffing crisis).

  • Organising of surgical workshop and laparoscopic training day in support with Ethicon and Applied Medical.

  • Weekly surgical journal club for ongoing professional development and training.

  • The buddy system for foundation doctors helps their rotation in surgery and career development supported by their senior peers.

  • MBBS programme for Surgery 


Events //

Annual Surgical Prize - 30th November 2018

The Academic Surgical Unit (ASU) ran another successful Annual Surgical Prize in Carlisle. This was a one-day event ran by the ASU for researchers within the NHS.  The event was an excellent opportunity to listen to research submission proposals and to discuss the exciting areas of research which were taking place locally and nationally across the NHS.

Eleven competitors were given the opportunity to present their research and to answer questions from a Panel of Judges. The quality of the presentations were all of a high standard and the ASU was happy to announce the winners on the day as the following:

Joint 1st

  • Mr Leo Brown, North Tees Hospitals 

Mr Leo Brown was delighted to win the prize and stated, "I'm very grateful to have been awarded this year's prize. Many thanks to all at the Academic Surgical Unit for organising this excellent competition. It's a great opportunity for trainees to share their research with useful feedback and interesting discussion." 

  • Dr Jen Ong, North Cumbria NHS Trust

"Post-radiotherapy thyroid function testing in head and neck cancer." ​






Winner of the F1 categorgy 

  • Dr Jonathan Russ, City Hospitals Sunderland.

"Review of day case rates of primary inguinal hernia repair, umbilical and hernia repair and laparoscopic cholecystectomy." 

Annual ASU Faculty Dinner

22nd November 2018






The ASU held it's first Gala Dinner at the beautiful Crown Hotel in Wetheral on 22nd November.  This was an enjoyable evening attended by faculty members and external guests.  The keynote address was given by Dr Jorge Garcia-Lara, a  Senior Lecturer in Microbiology from the University of Central Lancashire  (UCLan). 

Past Events

Creative Innovation Zone Event - 8th March 2018 

Press Release

Re-merge data feedback from delegates

Regional Surgical Registrars Training Day - 6th April 2018


Y1 Laparoscopic Skill Course - 21st June 2018


GP Training Event - 28th June 2018 


Annual Surgical Prize 2017

—Winner – Award for Best Presentation: Jane Carter (ST3 General Surgery Registrar at Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle)  title:  ‘A highly predictive model for diagnosis of Colorectal neoplasms using micro RNA’ 

—Winner – Award for Best Publication: Sorena Afshar (General Surgery Registrar training in North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust) title: ‘Biomarkers of colorectal cancer risk decrease 6 months after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery’