Forming part of the Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery department we are a specialist research department led by Chief investigator Professor Hemant Sharma. We have a dedicated team of consultants, nurses and physiotherapists who help to develop, run and review trials to develop different and better care for patients with Orthopaedic problems.

We have a dedicated research nurse who manages a growing portfolio of clinical trials and delivers evidence based research and innovation; based at Hull Royal infirmary in the Orthopaedic Bio Skills building.

The goal of the orthopaedic research department is to develop fundamental knowledge to advance treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and diseases and improve patient care.

Our current research interests include both adult and paediatrics;

  • External frame versus internal locking plate for articular Pilon fracture fixation in adult patients – a multi-centre randomised controlled trial
  • Randomised control trial comparing functional outcomes for Navigated kinematically aligned Total Knee Replacement (TKR) versus navigated mechanically aligned TKR
  • Feasibility study; Segmental Tibia fractures, reamed Intramedullary nailing versus external circular frame fixation
  • Lateral Compression type-1 (LC-1) pelvic fractures occur when older adults with weak bones fall onto their side. We are trying to find new treatments to help people have better outcomes.
  • Knee Arthroplasty versus joint Distraction Study for osteoarthritis
  • Surgery or Cast for Injuries of the Epicondyle in Children’s Elbows: A multi-centre prospective randomised superiority trial of operative fixation versus non-operative treatment for medial epicondyle fractures of the humerus in children
  • Solario: Short or long Antibiotic Regimes in orthopaedics comparing outcomes for patients receiving systemic antibiotics for bone infection combined with local antibiotics.
  • Crafft Study: Children’s Radius Acute Fracture Fixation Trial comparing non surgical casting vs Surgical reduction in distal radius wrist fractures. More information can be found at

For further information on our research or how to get involved please contact:

Kim Dearnley Research Nurse
Orthopaedic Bio Skills Building
Hull Royal Infirmary
Anlaby Road

Call us on 01482674771
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