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    Research at the ROH

    We have active research programmes across each of our clinical specialities including spinal services, oncology, arthroplasty and arthroscopy, pain management and physiotherapy.

Research at the ROH

We have active research programmes across each of our clinical specialities including spinal services, oncology, arthroplasty and arthroscopy, pain management and physiotherapy.

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.

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.

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 (myresearchexperience.com).

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.

Research FAQs

What are the different types of research?

There are three main types of study which ROH patients may be invited to take part in –

Observational

Observational studies usually just involve the completing of questionnaires about your health, treatment and recovery. They aim to collect as much data as possible to help improve understanding of how well current treatments and pathways work and to form the basis of further research.

Laboratory

Laboratory studies involve the collection and analysis of small samples of blood or tissue, usually taken from those removed routinely during surgery. We collect tissue for a variety of different reasons such as exploring biological factors which lead to the development of a condition, identifying why some treatments work better than others and predicting which treatments will be most suitable for a patient.

Interventional

Interventional studies are usually referred to as clinical trials. This is where we test one type of treatment (usually standard-care) against a different type of treatment (it may be a new drug, physiotherapy treatment or a new surgical technique) to see which one works best.

All research studies must have ethical and safety approvals in place to ensure that the patients’ wellbeing is always at the centre of all studies. Patients who are suitable to take part in any of our studies will be provided with all of the key information before deciding whether they wish to consent to taking part.

What happens if I don’t want to take part?

It is completely up to you whether or not you would like to participate. If you decide not to take part in the study, the standard of care you receive will not be affected in any way. You can also withdraw at any time if you change your mind about taking part after signing the consent form. If you have any questions or concerns, please ask the research nurse or contact the research department.

What happens if I change my mind after consenting to take part in research?

If you consent to a study and decide later that you no longer want to take part, you are still free to withdraw (come out of the study) at any time and you do not need to give a reason. If you decide to withdraw, the standard of care you receive will not be affected in any way and you will continue in the normal pathway. If you have any questions or concerns, please ask the research nurse or contact the research department.

What happens to my data and who can see it?

All information collected during a research study is kept strictly confidential, with only necessary individuals having access to your data. When you are approached about taking part in a research study you will be given a study specific participant information sheet which will explain who has access to your data. If you have any further questions or concerns regarding this, please ask the research nurse who will be consenting you if you decide to take part.

How will GDPR affect me?

The research team at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital will be using information from you and/or your medical records in order to undertake the studies and acts as the data controller. This means that we are responsible for looking after your information and using it properly. The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will keep identifiable information about you for 15 years after the study has finished.
Your right to access, change or move your information is limited, as we need to manage your information in specific ways in order for the research to be reliable and accurate. If you withdraw from the study, we will keep the information about you that we have already obtained. To safeguard your rights, we will use the minimum personally-identifiable information possible.

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will use your name, NHS number and contact details to contact you about the research study, and make sure that relevant information about the study is recorded for your care, and to oversee the quality of the study. Individuals from The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and regulatory organisations may look at your medical and research records to check the accuracy of the research study. The only people in The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust who will have access to research information that identifies you will be people who need to contact you regarding the study you are participating in, or audit the data collection process. The people who analyse the information will not be able to identify you and will not be able to find out your name, NHS number or contact details, unless you consent to this when deciding whether to take part in the study. You can find out more about how we use your information here. (www.hra.nhs.uk).

Can any routinely collected information or samples be used for research without my consent?

Information which is routinely collected about you in your medical records and/or surplus biological materials (such as blood or tissue samples removed during the course of your routine care) may be used in research which has been ethically approved. This would only be done without your consent where there is no impact on your care and no information which could identify you is to be shared with anyone outside of your healthcare team. If you would like to find out more about this or to register your wishes with regard to the anonymous use of surplus tissue and/or clinical information, please email the research department directly on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Who can I speak to if I have concerns?

Information about the study specific team will be provided on the participant information form. Alternatively, you can contact the research team on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0121 685 4316. If you wish to seek some independent advice, please contact the local Patient Advise Liaison Service (PALS) on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0121 685 4128.