The OTS, with its broad membership across the generality of United Kingdom Trauma, is ideally placed to shape and influence the research agenda within the speciality.
Our membership enjoys a unique ability to improve awareness of trauma management through access by application to national datasets such as the Trauma Audit Research Network and National Hip Fracture Database. Such relationships have been built over time at both policy and research level with this institution and others. We as a group have published from such datasets which are only one part of the research effort within the society.
Portfolio trials in trauma have been driven inexorably by our members to a point where UK orthopaedic trauma research leads the global effort in seeking answers to the questions that matter most to ourselves and our patients. Successful recruitment to large scale trials is well established in UK orthopaedic trauma as a result and is in many ways the raison d'etre of our work.
Always a highlight of the annual meeting, the NIHR OTS Musculoskeletal Trauma Trials Day bring the Society’s membership together with researchers and research associates each year. The Dragon's Den affords a unique opportunity for those with research proposals to get the backing of the Society and the benefit of the input of some of the world's foremost Clinical Trials Units.
The role of the Research Committee is to coordinate and signpost research activity within our community. This covers clinical effectiveness research, but also basic science and translational research as well as innovation. The Research Committee is there to develop young research talent and support seasoned investigators. By this means we can provide the Society with an overview of the direction of travel of research within our speciality. We provide a portal for advice and for distribution of meaningful research findings for the membership through social media.