Orthopaedics research

Orthopaedic surgery is the area of healthcare which involves conditions affecting the bones and joints of the body as well as the spine.

Problems with these structures can occur through injury such as a car crash or an accident at work. Also, our joints and our spine can become worn as we get older (this can be known as arthritis).

The orthopaedic department provides a wide range of services to cover all of these injuries and conditions affecting the joints and the spine.

Our teams of specialists run many clinics in our orthopaedic outpatients departments at the University Hospital of North Tees and the University Hospital of Hartlepool. We run a smaller range of specialty clinics at Peterlee Community Hospital and Lawson Street Health Centre.

Diagnosis (finding out what is wrong)
Treatment (which may involve surgery or other measures such as physiotherapy) Rehabilitation (helping you get better after surgery) is all provided at the hospital.

At the moment, you could take part in a study if you have:

  • a hip fracture
  • a frozen shoulder

However we are always expanding the number of research studies that we take part in so it’s always good to check with your doctor or nurse if you are interested in taking part in .

If you choose to take part in one of our research trials, it may involve completing a questionnaire, blood tests and some other tests. If the research involves additional visits to the hospital then you will normally be paid for your travel costs.

We want to help you understand more about your condition and your treatments. Being involved in research can really help with this and help others with similar conditions in the future.

Clinical trials

The trust is a research active trust and we are committed to supporting research studies


If you are interested in taking part in any orthopaedic trials please contact:

Mr Rajesh Nanda
Consultant orthopaedic surgeon
Secretary 01642 624442