Trauma & Orthopaedics Research Projects

Trauma & Orthopaedics research taking place at North Bristol NHS Trust

Our Trauma Research team undertake both commercial and non-commercial, national and international, device and ctIMP studies. An integral part of South West Regional Trauma Centre based at NBT, this highly skilled team are able to include patients in the crucial early phases post traumatic injury in a sensitive and caring manner.

The Bristol University Musculoskeletal research team are based at North Bristol NHS Trust.  This partnership enables clinicians and researchers to closely collaborate both locally and internationally to deliver high quality research based on our multidisciplinary expertise. The Avon Orthopaedic Centre has a long history of being one of the leading centres in the country for research and innovation in orthopaedic care.

Current studies:

Outcome of Ankle Fracture Treated with Primary Tibiotalocalcaneal Nail Study

Our research trial aims to answer the question of whether the functional and quality of life outcomes of ankle fractures treated with a primary tibiotalocalcaneal nail, a metal rod passed through the bottom of the heel up into the shin bone to hold the broken bone ends, is a viable option for patients who are deemed not suitable for fixation with plate and screws or in a plaster cast.

Eligibility includes patients who sustain ankle fractures present with a plethora of comorbidities, mobility issues and age groups. Certain groups of patients require a low risk, weight bearing method of operative management to help with pain and give them function. We aim to see whether the use of the tibiotalocalcaneal nail is a suitable option and a certain category of patient. Any patient who has undergone a primary tibiotalocalcaneal nail for treatment of an ankle fracture will be included in this trial.

Host Site: North Bristol NHS Trust

Chief Investigator: Mr Andrew Riddick

End Date: 01/01/2022

Trauma & Orthopaedic Research team