Research & Audit

@ The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital

  • The Research and Audit branch of BON aims to help support the development of new projects and ideas from Registrars in the region as well as facilitating delivery of projects, both local and national.
  • If you want to discuss a project then please feel free to email us:
    • James Archer:
    • Ahmed Nasser:

Click on the following links for current active projects – Login Required – Research & Audit Hub

Collaboration Benefits

  • Regular research meetings will allow small ideas to be developed into viable projects with maximisation of potential
  • Projects can be driven forward to completion within the group
  • Coordination of larger scale projects with bigger sample sizes to enhance statistical power of studies.
  • Trainees will be able to identify areas of research development in their own careers
  • Trainee leads on regional projects will demonstrate management, leadership and teamwork
  • CVs will be enhanced through publication and presentation
  • Peer support and interaction will foster a more cohesive learning opportunity.
Authorship Policy
All BON projects will list key authors and either all contributors as authors, or will utilise “Birmingham Orthopaedic Network” under the title with reference to complete author subsection at the end. We draw this method from the London Surgical Research Group.

Medical students / Core trainees / Junior doctors

Anyone interested in being involved in audits or projects should contact or detailing their current hospital/post and how long they are there for and we will aim to put them into contact with registrars or consultants who can help them

Current / ongoing studies:

  • British Early Diagnosis in Sarcoma Audit (BritE StAr)

    • A trainee led, collaborative, national, prospective, multi-centre audit.
    • Study participants: All patients with a diagnosis of bone and soft-tissue sarcoma are to be included.
    • Data collection duration:  to be collected over 12 weeks (September 5, 2022 to November 22, 2022)
    • Aims : To assess compliance with BSG, NICE & Scottish referral guidelines for suspected cancer in the UK for pelvic & appendicular sarcomas.
    • Study management group:
      • Project lead: Mr. Stevenson
      • Co-lead: Mr. Sophie Howels
  • Peri-Prosthetic Fracture study (PPF)
    • A trainee led, collaborative, national, retrospective, service evaluation.
    • Study participants: All skeletally mature patients whom sustained a femoral periprosthetic fracture
    • Follow up duration: outcomes to be collected over 10 years (January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2020)
    • Aims : To report the incidence and mode of fixation of femoral periprosthetic fractures in a large national service evaluation. The primary observation will be the mode of fixation for each fracture subtype. Secondary measures will evaluate patients’ variables, treatment variables, objective and subjective outcome measures.
    • Study management group:
      • Project lead: Mr. Ansar Mahmood
      • Co-lead: Mr. Ahmed Nasser
  • British Orthopaedic Oncology Management audit (BOOM):
    • This project is currently in the write up stages.
    • We organised and delivered a massive national multi-centre audit to assess the current management of metastatic bone disease in patients across the UK against the current guidelines.
    • This project helps to demonstrate the huge power of collaborative projects with data collected on over 1000 patients
    • The aim is to have the write-up submitted before the end of the year
    • Study management group:
      • Project lead: Mr. Stevenson
      • Co-lead: Mr. Govind Chauhan and Mr James Archer
  • Low Intensity Pulsed UltraSound (LIPUS) qualitative survey
    • This project has been written up and is currently awaiting publication.
    • A national survey was performed to analyse the current use of LIPUS devices in the UK. This has not been audited in any detail on a national level as advised by NICE IPG622. This data will assist in establishing the current practice in the UK and form the basis of future prospective evaluation of LIPUS use in UK, ultimately informing the creation of a LIPUS registry.
    • Study management group:
      • Project lead: Mr. Ansar Mahmood
      • Co-lead: Mr. Mohammed Elmajee
  • LIPUS registry
    • A national prospective registry
    • Study participants: All patients managed with low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) technology
    • Research question/Aim(s): to establish a national registry for LIPUS use across the United Kingdom, to be used to improve future research into the technology.
    • Study management group:
      • Project lead: Mr Ansar Mahmood
      • Co-lead: Mr. Ahmed Nasser