The NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Global Surgery

Improving surgical outcomes through collaborative research

Our Goal Is Capacity Building Through Education & Training Education and Training forms the backbone towards delivering the objectives of the GSU. In addition to the bespoke training developed to strengthen both research and research management capacity across all of our partners, the Unit supports Clinical and non-Clinical PhD studies. These studies are linked to the wider research carried out by the Unit.

Education Centre

The GlobalSurg Education Centre provides online training and resources relevant to global surgical research. At the centre you will find open access training materials for our cohort studies and video tutorials on how to use REDCap – our online data entry platform.

We will also be adding modules related to undertaking research wherever you are in the world – these will be open access and freely available to all!

Global Surg - Medical Students

You can now access the following modules:

  1. Research Foundations
  2. Data Management
  3. Statistics & Data Analysis


In order to access the modules, you will need to have a Google account to enable access to the Google Classrooms platform.

Details on creating an account can be found here.

Future Leaders Programme

The Future Leaders Programme produces new cohorts of surgical research leaders, aiming to provide increased sustainable research leadership capacity and capability through the following strands:

MSc in Global Surgery: GSU Nigeria Hub based at University of Lagos has established an international masters programme.

  • PhD in Clinical Sciences: established in GSU Ghana Hub (University of Clinical Sciences, Tamale) – the first of its kind across West Africa.
  • MSc in Surgical Science:
  • 15 Hub-UK fellowships offered and all near completion

Further fellowships to be offered to LMIC surgeon trainees from our partner countries.

Management Programme

Research Management has been identified as a key requirement for capacity strengthening in LMICs. The Management Training Programme has been designed to meet this need, providing bespoke training for clinical research management teams and an infrastructure to support research and knowledge transfer.

Senior Directors Programme

Sustainable research leadership capacity is created through the Hub Directors Programme. This programme aims to produce leadership training packages, equipping Hub Directors to lead on all aspects of the research programme. Hub-to-hub exchange fellowships strengthen the exchange of knowledge and best practice.

The GlobalSurg Data Centre aims to give our collaborators better access to the datasets collected during our international cohort studies. The centre is an online home for the collection, analysis, visulation and reporting of data in our Global Surgery projects. We hope to share data to establish best practice, and ultimately, to improve outcomes for surgical patients worldwide.

At the GlobalSurg Data Centre you can see real time updates on data entry from our current study – at the moment GlobalSurg 3 is collecting data on patients undergoing surgery for breast, gastric and colon cancers. Visit the GS3 in numbers page to see live updates on how many countries are registered to take part, how many teams are actively collecting data and how many patient records have been entered into the study.



As we complete cohort studies we will add applications that allow visualisation and interaction with the complete dataset (please be reassured that we not allow access to patient or hospital level data) – you can see an example of this by visiting the GS2 data explorer and GS3 data explorer. Using this new application, any variable can be compared with any other variable – click the ‘Data’ tab to begin exploring!

We will also be blogging here about all things data – tips on data analysis, how to best present data – if you have a data-related topic you like us to cover, let us know by contacting us!

Data Set Explorer - Global Surg


Outcome of surgery is not dependent solely on surgeons skills but on the completeness of the Surgical Nursing competence & compassionate care.

The global nursing workforce is made up of approximately 27.9 million men and women, accounting for almost 50% of the global health workforce.

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Bringing together surgeons, researchers and policy makers to set the local research agenda according to patient need in LMIC and ensuring all patients have the opportunity to take part in our research.