Foot and Ankle team praised for outstanding performance in research study

Release Date: 10/04/2019

Foot and Ankle team praised for outstanding performance in research study

The Foot and Ankle team at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital have been recognised with their contribution to a national research study run by Wright Medical Group.

Wright Medical Group, based in Memphis, Tennessee, is a global medical device company who supply a total ankle replacement device called INFINITY.

Consultants, nurses, physiotherapists and members of the Research department at the Oswestry-based hospital have won an award for recruiting a significant amount of patients to the UK INFINITY Total Ankle Replacement Clinical Study.

Charlotte Perkins, Research Study Support Officer, said: “This is a study which involves monitoring the safety and outcomes of the INFINITY device after it has been released on the market.

“Whenever the Consultants use the product on a patient, we follow up by meeting the patient and finding out if they would be happy to fill out a series of questionnaires.

“These surveys are sent to patients for 10 years following their procedure and ask questions around their pain level and mobility.”

The team received a trophy from Wright Medical Group highlighting their appreciation for recruiting 50 patients so far for this study.

Sarah Turner, Research Project Manager, said: “The primary objective of the research we’re conducting is to collect data around the INFINITY ankle replacement which will allow the company to evaluate the performance of the product. 

“The study was launched back in September 2016 so to recruit 50 patients is a real achievement for us, especially as the product isn’t used for all ankle replacements carried out at RJAH.

“The work is being led in the UK by Northumbria Healthcare Trust and nine other Trusts, including ourselves, are also recruiting patients with the goal to reach an overall total of 500 patients.

Mr Andrew Bing, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, said: “This research is going to be beneficial to not only the company but also the foot and ankle surgeons at RJAH as it’s extremely important to understand how the devices we’re using are impacting our patients’ quality of life

“Both the Foot and Ankle team and the whole Research department have worked incredibly hard to recruit patients for this study and I’m delighted to see our efforts recognised.”

The full team consists of Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons Mr Andrew Bing, Mr Nilesh Makwana, Mr Chris Marquis and Mr Simon Hill; Specialist Nurses Jane Herbert, Bethan Mallen and Claire Burgess; Research Project Manager Sarah Turner; Research Study Support Officer Charlotte Perkins; Research Nurse Claire Nicholas; and Physiotherapists Jane Leah and Noel Harding.

Photo caption (left - right): Research Project Manager Sarah Turner, Specialist Nurse Jane Herbert, Research Nurse Claire Nicholas and Research Study Support Officer Charlotte Perkins with Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons Mr Nilesh Makwana, Mr Andrew Bing, Mr Chris Marquis and Mr Simon Hill. 

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