Surgical Specialty Leads for Clinical Trials

The BOA is, for the first time, sponsoring ‘Surgical Specialty Leads’ for trauma and orthopaedics and three excellent candidates have been appointed to these roles and take up these positions as 1st November 2019. These positions will cost £62,500 over three years and have been funded as a result of our research fundraising. We are really grateful to all those members, donors, fundraisers and supporters, who have so generously donated and supported this work.

The Surgical Specialty Leads are positions coordinated through the RCSEngland and the aim is for them to act as a conduit for clinicians interested in developing trials and to provide a forum for discussion of proposals that can be processed through appropriate funding bodies. They will each chair a clinical research group to help develop new trials in their field. The three appointees will work collaborative with the BOA, with our funded clinical trials unit and with other stakeholder individuals to make progress in supporting development of research and trial.

Mr Peter Hutchinson, Director of Clinical Research at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, commented:

“The appointment of three new surgical speciality leads in Orthopaedics and Trauma is a fantastic development. It provides a major opportunity to broaden the spectrum of clinical research and the surgical trial portfolio. Their research will enable  important questions to answered  and improve the treatment for patients with disorders of and injury to the musculo-skeletal system.”

Biographies for the three appointees are provided below. We will be supporting them over the next three years and will provide members and donors updates on their progress and ways to get involved.

Surgical Specialty Leads

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Daniel Perry

Daniel Perry is Associate Professor of Children’s Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Oxford, an NIHR Clinician Scientist and a Consultant Children's Orthopaedic Surgeon Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. 

Dan has united surgeons throughout the UK, such that they are now working together to change the face of children’s research worth about £7m. Dan’s love is to make clinical trials accessible – both to children, parents and surgeons. He keenly integrates cartoons, animations, videos and text message communication to make trials easy for everyone! 

Dan is a member of the NIHR HTA Commissioning Board, is an Editor of the Bone and Joint Journal and is the clinical lead for hip screening within Public Health England.

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Paul Baker

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon , South Tees Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Paul trained and currently works in the North East of England. He specialises in lower limb arthroplasty with a specific interest in revision knee surgery. He is a member of the BASK revision knee working group and sits on the BASK research committee. His research interests include the delivery of occupational advice to facilitate return to work after surgery, interactive platforms to educate and support patients undergoing hip and knee replacement and the measurement of patient experience and satisfaction. During his training he was the inaugural National Joint Registry (NJR) research fellow, and also founded the North Easts trainee orthopaedic research group (CORNET).

Paul is the current Research and Innovation Director for South Tees NHS Trust. He has worked with the NIHR CRN in a number of roles leading the injuries and emergencies and orthopaedic portfolios in the North East and North Cumbria region. Since November 2019 Paul has been the Royal College of Surgeons of England speciality lead for adult orthopaedics and is involved with their MSK robotic surgery programme. He is an NIHR HTA grant holder for the OPAL study (Occupational advice for Patients undergoing Arthroplasty of the Lower limb) which was conducted in collaboration with the BOA surgical trails centre at York Clinical Trails Unit. He has published over 75 research papers predominantly focussing on registry knee replacement outcomes, patient reported outcome measures and returning to work after joint arthroplasty.

Co-Chair, BOA Research Committee: Research for Optimising Orthopaedics

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Xavier Griffin

Professor of Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery,, Barts Bone and Joint Health, London

Professor Xavier Griffin spearheads academic orthopaedics at QMUL and Barts Health, having joined as the inaugural chair of Bone & Joint Health. Xavier’s vision is for worldclass excellence in research and clinical academic training; providing opportunity for the next generation of clinician scientists to realise their aspirations.

Xavier is a NIHR Clinician Scientist and has been awarded over £10m of research funding. His research is focused on the clinical and cost effectiveness of new and existing treatments to improve bone and joint health and has been cited by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence. He has a passion for developing methodologies which harness the speed, power and efficiency of routinely-collected data but are coupled with the great advantages of randomisation.

Xavier’s clinical expertise is orthopaedic trauma surgery specialising in pelvic fractures. He enjoys working as part of the team at the busiest orthopaedic trauma hospital in Europe – The Royal London.

Speaker, ‘Simple Ankle Fractures in Complicated Patients – What Do We Really Know?’ – BOFAS/OTS Revalidation
Speaker, 'Knowledge into Practice – Trials in Orthopaedic Trauma’ – OTS Revalidation
Speaker, ‘The WHiTE Hip Fracture Studies: The Ghosts of Past, Present and Future’ – Hunterian Lecture
Speaker, '360 Revalidation Upper Limb, Trauma and Paediatrics (BJ360)'
Speaker, 'BOA Research Committee: Research for Optimising Orthopaedics'
Speaker, 'National Hip Fracture Database – Driving Quality Improvement in Hip Fracture Care and Beyond'