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North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust - 70 years of the NHS


July 2018

New Honorary Fellows

Congratulations to our four ASU Faculty members who have been awarded an academic title from the University of Central Lancashire.  This will help the ASU based within North Cumbria NHS Trust achieve its academic transformation plan transforming the department of surgery into a more focused academic department leading to the improvement in patient healthcare. 

1.   Honorary Senior Lecturer: Mr Ioannis Michalakis, Consultant Breast Surgeon, NUCH

2.   Honorary Lecturer: Mr Shafiq Rehman, Specialist Registrar Surgery , ASU Coordinator and MMBS Undergraduate tutor UCLan

3.   Honorary Lecturer: Mr Salman Ahmed, Specialist Registrar Surgery, Northern Deanery

4.   Honorary Lecturer: Mr Adnan Muhammad, Clinical Research Fellow , Department of Surgery NUCH.

June 2018

Laparoscopy and suturing course
A laparoscopy and suturing course was held by the Academic Surgical Unit at CIC on 21st June. The day was attended by 14 foundations trainees and physician associates who are interested in a career in surgery and to give them the basic knowledge as well as critical practical skills in the procedure.

The attendees learned from Trust surgeons and got to practice their techniques on the equipment in practical sessions. At the end of the day all of the participants were able to perform basic laparoscopic tasks including laparoscopic dissection and suturing, and pneumoperitoneum in simulation.

​​GP Training Course
The Academic Surgical Unit ran its first GP Training Course on 28th June in CIC. A variety of topics was discussed by some enthusiastic speakers who are all surgeons at North Cumbria University Hospitals. This was an excellent chance for GPs and Consultants to engage with each other.  

Can we put the following somewhere where we can get people’s attention. Also have we advertised this across the Trust so people know it’s happening i.e Annual Surgical Prize. 

Creative Innovation Zone event in north Cumbria 


An event which brought together some of the finest creative minds in health was held at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust (NCUHT) Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.  The event was held in collaboration with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and hosted by Professor StJohn Crean, UCLan and Professor Ruben Canelo, Director of the ASU. 

​The keynote speaker at the event was Professor John Wright, Chief Investigator and clinical epidemiologist at the Bradford Royal Infirmary. Professor Wright and Ian Beesley have recently worked on one of the largest health research studies in the world called "Born in Bradford."  The study is a powerful way of understanding the many influences that shape our lives and our health outcomes. 

​The event also heard from Ruth Raban, Partnership Development Manager for UCLan Innovation and Enterprise, who talked about how UCLan and NCUHT can learn from each other for the benefit of patients, not just in Cumbria and Lancashire but across the plate. 

​Professor Ruben Canelo said, "This is a fantastic development for the surgical team and the Trust. We have some of the best surgical teaching in the country and strive to be at the forefront of clinical research".

Annual Surgical Prize 2018

28th September - Following the success of the first Academic Surgical Prize we are holding this successful Awards Event again. We will be asking for your research submissions soon so watch this space and find out how you could win £250!