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Research & teaching

Research and teaching

The Trust has a vibrant research portfolio of clinical trials, observational studies and laboratory studies including studies exploring:

  • new approaches to improve physiotherapy rehabilitation
  • advanced therapies to regenerate diseased bone tissue
  • new prosthetic devices to restore normal joint function
  • pharmaceutical treatments which aim to reduce the need for invasive surgery and speed up recovery.

Our research programmes are led by our own consultants, physiotherapists and nurses often working in close collaboration with other orthopaedic research teams across the UK and around the world. We also work closely with world-leading industry partners to ensure that our patients have access to the very latest innovations in orthopaedic care.

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Getting involved in research

If you are eligible to take part in one of our active studies we will contact you either prior to your visit or whilst you’re here at the hospital attending a routine appointment. If there is a study which you healthcare team feels may be suitable to you, a member of the research team will speak to you to assess your eligibility and find out if you would like to take part.

Each study has strict eligibility criteria which patients must meet before they can take part. This is to protect the patients’ health and safety and means that not every patient is able to take part in our studies. However, we are always expanding our portfolio so that we can offer as many patients the chance to be involved as possible.

If you would like to find out about any studies which may be suitable for you, or you are aware of a relevant study and would like to find out about how to take part, please discuss this with your healthcare team either during your appointment or via telephone or email. Alternatively you can This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who can advise about our current study portfolio. For more information on getting involved in research across the country please visit: the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) website.

If you have previously been involved in research then we would love to hear from you as we always welcome feedback to help us provide the best service possible to our patients. You can let us know your thoughts by completing the online feedback from via the following link: PRES (

As always, patient safety and confidentiality is our number one priority and all studies must have approvals in place to prove they are ethical and safe for patients to take part in and that patient’s involvement and details will be kept confidential at all times.