Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit
The University of Nottingham
University of Nottingham

Trauma and Orthopaedics


NCTU has been awarded funding from the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) to support the development of clinical trials in trauma and orthopaedics in the UK.  

Are you a registered member of the BOA and have an interest in trauma and orthopaedic research?



How we will support you:


  • Sandpit events to develop study ideas
  • Research co-production workshops (question development, networking) 
  • Orthopaedic Trials Research Day, preceding BOA annual congress
  • Registration of appropriate T&O trials with the NIHR Associate PI scheme
  • Patient and public involvement and engagement in T&O research


  • New in-person and virtual training events for T&O Associate PIs/PIs/new CIs
  • Funded places on other NCTU short courses, please see further information at Short Courses

If you already have some experience in T&O clinical trials, for example as a co- or chief investigator, and are looking to collaborate with an experienced CTU to plan a future study, we would love to hear from you.  Please see Working with NCTU.


Our events:  

Developing your research ideas for trials in trauma and orthopaedics  

Date: 17th March 2023      Time: 9:00 - 13:00       Venue: Online 

free, online, half-day course from Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit (NCTU), to help you develop your research ideas into fundable research applications  

Course benefits: The Royal College of Surgeons of England has awarded up to 3 CPD points for this event 

Course description:  

  • Randomised clinical trials use robust methodology to ensure that healthcare interventions, such as surgical and other complex interventions, devices and drugs, are subject to a fair test of their effectiveness. Before designing a clinical trial, it may be necessary to complete preliminary feasibility research to assess whether a clinical trial is needed and to ensure the most appropriate design to address the research question. 

Course delivery:  

  • Online live talks and Q&A. 

Course content:  

  • Working with a CTU; defining your research question; feasibility; PPI; NIHR funding programmes. Whatever stage your research idea is at, this half-day course aims to help you chart a pathway to developing a randomised trial, including applying for suitable research funding. 


  • Ben Ollivere, Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma
  • Alexia Karantana, Clinical Associate Professor of Hand Surgery
  • Jane Daniels, Professor of Clinical Trials
  • Trish Hepburn, Senior Medical Statistician
  • Caroline Rick, Associate Professor of Clinical Trials


  • Open to clinicians, including allied professionals. Postgraduate research degree* OR equivalent research experience; seeking to develop research experience in clinical trials in trauma and orthopaedics research. 
    * ongoing or completed PhD, MD or equivalent 

To view our course flyer please click here

To apply for a place on this course please complete this form 


Funded places on our NCTU Short Courses

We are delighted to offer some new opportunities for BOA members and associates by funding a limited number of places on three NCTU short courses.

The courses on offer are:
·         Fundamentals of Clinical Trials 5-day course: (Normally £800)

·         Nottingham Systematic review course 4-day course: (Normally £985)

To be considered for a fully funded place on a course, you need to be a BOA member (full or associate) and *:
-          Have a demonstrable interest/track record in clinical trials research.
-          Have relevant research experience as evidence by any of the following:
                    o   Involvement in clinical research conduct
                    o   Peer-reviewed publication
                    o   Award of research funding
-          Have completed or be registered for relevant PhD
-          Have relevant external fellowship completed / in-progress
-          Be a PI or Associate PI for clinical trial(s)
*The indicators above are not exhaustive and it is not intended that applicants must fulfil all.

Applications to have a fully funded place on one of these courses has now opened! Please use this form to apply for your place.

Any further enquiries please get in touch with us via email:


Please keep visiting this page for regular updates on our programme of training and engagement events and our research. 



Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit

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