The trauma and orthopaedic service takes an active part in research and development (R&D).

The R&D department develops opportunities to find innovative treatments and looks for ideas for new products or procedures to help further improve patient care. Visit the Research page.

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.

The Trauma and Orthopaedics trials team is primarily based in the Gait Lab, within the fracture clinic at Royal Stoke. Please telephone 01782 676532 if you have any queries.​

We also have close links with Keele primary care science musculoskeletal research centre, where the team work closely with Arthritis Research UK and local GPs to improve care of musculoskeletal conditions.

Examples of trials that we have been involved with at the hospital include:​

  • ​Fracture fixation ankle surgery use of tourniquet and early recovery
  • UK fixation of distal tibia fractures
  • Wound management of open lower limb fractures​