CMR Surgical has launched a data-led training programme for its Versius surgical robot system, with the intention of reducing overall training time and improving standardisation in surgical care.

The seven-step programme uses data-driven metrics and benchmarking to assess skill levels. This data is captured through the training technology tools and standard observational data, and supports personalised feedback.

As a result it is expected that learning curves will be shorter, minimising the cost and time for teams to become proficient.

At the same time, the data can help to standardise surgeries with a view to improving outcomes for patients. At each stage of the programme surgeons and the wider surgical team must achieve key competencies to ensure this.

The programme was developed with consultation from surgical teams using Versius and uses Versius Trainer, the Versius eLearning platform and Versius Virtual Reality.

Mark Slack, chief medical officer at CMR Surgical, said: “We know that surgeons want a data-led, personalised approach to training, and by re-launching our training programme for new robotic surgeons, we are confident that we are helping to increase the proficiency of surgeons and standardising surgical care for patients.”

At Cardiff & Vale University Health Board, the gynaecological surgical team became the first team to be trained on the new pathway, after the announcement of the all-Wales National Robotic Assisted Surgery Process.

Dr Aarti Sharma, consultant gynaecological oncological surgeon at Cardiff and Vale, said: “Being the first team in the world to trial the new metrics-led training programme has really added to the sense of being a pioneer in bringing surgical robotics to patients in Wales.”

Dr Sharma continued: “Introducing a new way of working can be daunting but knowing that we have the gold standard in training has been both refreshing and inspiring.”

The CMR Surgical training platform will now be rolled out globally.