£2million grant to improve the treatment of patients with joint infections after total hip or knee joint surgery

Thursday, 21 November 2013

The Musculoskeletal Research unit at North Bristol NHS Trust have been awarded £2m from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) under its Programme Grants for Applied Research Programme to lead a major multi-centre research programme to improve the treatment of patients with deep prosthetic joint infections after total hip or knee joint surgery.

After surgery, about one person in a hundred develops a bacterial infection around their new artificial joint and if left untreated infection can result in severe pain and disability.

Currently little is known about why some artificial joints become infected and what the best treatment is.  This five year programme, led by Professor Ashley Blom at Southmead Hospital Bristol, will provide national recommendations on the surgical management of such infections.

Professor Blom said: “This important research will help us to gain knowledge on predicting and monitoring infection as well as providing evidence about best practice in the management of infection.”

The NIHR is funded by the Department of Health to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. Since its establishment in April 2006, the NIHR has transformed research in the NHS.

It has increased the volume of applied health research for the benefit of patients and the public, driven faster translation of basic science discoveries into tangible benefits for patients and the economy, and developed and supported the people who conduct and contribute to applied health research.

The NIHR plays a key role in the Government’s strategy for economic growth, attracting investment by the life-sciences industries through its world-class infrastructure for health research.

Together, the NIHR people, programmes, centres of excellence, and systems represent the most integrated health research system in the world. For further information, visit the NIHR website (www.nihr.ac.uk).

This press release summarises independent research funded by the NIHR under its Programme Grants for Applied Research Programme (Grant Reference Number RP-PG-1210-12005). Research Partners are:

  • North Bristol NHS Trust
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Exeter
  • Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust
  • Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
  • University of Technology, Sydney