Trauma & Orthopaedic research

Our aims are:

  • To develop a research network of trauma and orthopaedic physiotherapists.

  • To disseminate information to share the latest evidenced based practice.

  • To generate and foster collaboration to develop research capacity amongst physiotherapists.

Please let us know if you are participating in any research or would like us to promote relevant trials within our newsletter.

Research training and development:

We would also like to inform members of the upcoming ICA HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme for non-medical healthcare professions. These are personal training awards for healthcare professionals who wish to develop careers that combine clinical research and research leadership with continued clinical practice. 

If you are an aspiring or early career clinical academic, or an organisation developing clinical academic careers, the NIHR Academic Training Advocates for non-medical clinical academic careers may be able to help you.

They promote NIHR training and career opportunities, advocate for non-medical clinicians and support individuals beginning or continuing a research career. There are useful guides and links to further information in their NIHR webpage.

Take part: 

Foot and ankle surgery priority setting partnership

A survey has been launched this week as part of a consultation led by the British Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (BOFAS), bringing together organisations, individuals with foot & ankle conditions, carers and clinicians to identify their research priorities in the field of foot & ankle surgery.
If you are a professional working with individuals with foot & ankle conditions, we encourage you to take part in the survey here to give your perspective on where research should be directed. The survey takes just 5 minutes to complete and is open to anyone with a personal or professional connection to foot & ankle conditions.
This is an independent & transparent James Lind Alliance initiative, which if you are not familiar with it, it is well-respected by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and other research funders as an inclusive consultation giving the whole community the opportunity to develop a list of Top 10 research priorities. The goal is to increase government funding for foot & ankle surgery research and the process has a track record of success, incentivising researchers to respond to patient priorities and bringing greater cohesion amongst organisations.
Together we can ensure a brighter future for those affected by foot & ankle conditions so please make your opinions count. For more information visit: and please forward the link on to colleagues or individuals with a connection to foot & ankle conditions so that we can receive a wide range of responses from all within the community. Thank you for your co-operation and time.


Help improve how we measure outcomes on patients with open lower limb fractures. 

Core Outcomes for Open Lower Limb Fractures Study

Click Here To Start Delphi Survey

Dear ATOCP Member,

We want to know the most important outcomes to measure for patients recovering from open lower limb fractures. In order to gain a consensus, the views of patients and healthcare professionals will be collected using a survey. 
As a healthcare professional or researcher involved in the care of patients with open lower limb fractures we would like to invite you to take part in this process.
The survey consists of 2 rounds and will take no longer than 5-10 minutes each to complete. The first round is now open and will close in approximately 2 weeks. You are asked to score outcomes that have been developed from in depth interviews with patients and from a systematic review of outcomes used in published literature on open lower limb fractures. In the second round we will ask you to re-evaluate your scores in order to gain a consensus across different stakeholder groups. I would be delighted if you could complete the survey within 2 weeks.
This project is supported by the Orthopaedic Trauma Society Membership and the Trauma, Audit and Research Network. In addition, Major Trauma Centre lead clinicians identified the need for a set or core outcomes for open lower limb fracture as a major area of research need at the National Open Fracture Summit in Newcastle last year.
Your contributions will help improve how we undertake research in the future, and we hope will ultimately lead to improvements patient care.

My name is Alex Aquilina and I am a Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgical trainee and this research project is being undertaken as part of my PhD at the University of Oxford supervised by Prof Matt Costa, Prof Xavier Griffin, Dr Liz Tutton and Prof Ray Fitzpatrick.
If you would like further information on the study please click here

Please don’t hesitate to get back to me with any questions or queries.

Best wishes,

Alex Aquilina
Clinical Research Fellow and DPhil Student
Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery,
University of Oxford, NDORMS
Kadoorie Centre,
Level 3, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, OX3 9DU

: 07970447105


National multicentre studies:

Below are some examples of recently completed and ongoing RCTs:

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