Trust tops national table when it comes to research recruitment
Sherwood Forest Hospitals has just been named as top recruiter in the country for the United Kingdom Frozen Shoulder Trial.
The latest medical trial that the Trust is running is to help patients with frozen shoulder, a painful and debilitating condition causing stiffness and disability in the affected shoulder and arm. It affects around 1 in 12 men and 1 in 10 women of working age, causing interference with their work, domestic and leisure activities.
Treatment in hospital may involve, physiotherapy, manipulation under anaesthesia or arthroscopic capsular release (ACR) which is a keyhole technique, followed by manipulation to confirm restoration of range of motion in the shoulder.
Although all three of these treatments are regularly provided in the NHS, it is not currently known which one works best. The aim of the study is to answer the question: ‘Should adult patients with a frozen shoulder receive a programme of early structured physiotherapy, manipulation under anaesthesia or arthroscopic capsular release?’ The study aims to change best practice within the NHS and offer all patients the same treatment and care.
The study, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), will measure improvements in participants’ pain, function and general well-being at 3, 6 and 12 months following their entry into the trial. The study will also assess any problems or complications that may arise following these treatments.
Patients from both King’s Mill Hospital and Newark Hospital will be taking part in the study, with 47 patients being recruited.
Research Team Leader, Dominic Nash said: “The trial would not have been a success without the help of nursing and clinical staff across the Trust. It was a truly collaborative effort and the success of this trial will lead to even stronger associations with the trial sponsor (South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) and more studies being open at Sherwood Forest Hospitals.”