Project information

Orthopaedic Research Institute (ORI)

We are driven by the needs of our patients, clinical colleagues and wider society to produce high quality academic outputs, which lead to better patient care across the fields of orthopaedic surgery and related diseases.

Ten years

Charity information: Bournemouth University

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  • Need

    Need

    The UK’s population is getting older and as life expectancy increases, there is a corresponding rise in the need for orthopaedic intervention. Surgery is not risk free and there is still a high death rate from injuries such as a broken hip. By reducing falls in the elderly, and by optimising care and recovery for those who do fall and require surgery, we can help to save lives and greatly improve quality of life.

    Solution

    ORI will run a series of research projects with NHS hospitals and industry partners to improve patient care. This research will translate directly into improved training for surgeons; improved surgical and rehabilitation techniques; and the introduction of the latest technologies and medical devices for orthopaedic patients. These measures will drastically improve care for patients, by speeding up recovery, preventing complications, and reducing surgery induced morbidity and mortality.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improving quality of life for patients with musculoskeletal disease.

    Activities

    » Research and subsequent treatment to help reduce falls in the elderly, and by optimising care and recovery for those who do fall.

    Through impact case studies: research will change practice which will lead to better outcomes for patients.


    Aim 2

    Effective non-surgical treatments for osteoarthritis sufferers.

    Activities

    » Using research to inform practical management techniques through activities such as the Cycling Against Hip Pain initiative.

    Through impact case studies: research will change practice which will lead to better outcomes for patients.


    Aim 3

    Improved outcomes for patients following orthopaedic surgery.

    Activities

    » Undertaking research and developing improvements in the enhanced care pathways to accelerate recovery from surgery.
    » Development of highly innovative virtual reality training techniques for orthopaedic surgeons.
    » Researching and developing the best rehabilitation processes following surgery.

    Through impact case studies: research will change practice which will lead to better outcomes for patients.


    Aim 4

    Reduction in mortality and complications for patients with hip and fragility fractures.

    Activities

    » Working with local hospitals to introduce novel and new technologies to hip fracture pathways that can reduce complications of surgery.

    Through impact case studies: research will change practice which will lead to better outcomes for patients.


    Aim 5

    Accelerating the development of new medical devices to help patients leading to improved outcomes.

    Activities

    » Studying the ability of gyroscopes to drastically reduce falls in the elderly; developing prototypes for individual use.
    » Developing new technologies that increase tissue microcirculation, which can help to speed up healing and reduce swelling and oedema.

    Through impact case studies: research will change practice which will lead to better outcomes for patients.


  • Impact

    Impact

    ORI’s success will be visible in improved outcomes for patients; these will vary depending on projects but could include reduced mortality, better pain management, reduction in hospital readmissions or a reduction in surgery. ORI will achieve this by:
    Identifying the problem > undertaking research into the problem and solutions > issuing new guidelines / changing care pathways > patient outcomes changed

    Risk

    The risks of the clinical research are already mitigated by the various codes of practice which ORI follows, including those issued by the NHS and by the university. All research studies are ethically approved, for instance. Lack of funding is a real risk, and this is being mitigated by seeking to establish a broad portfolio of funding streams from sources including philanthropic donations, the health service, industry partners and the NIHR.

    Reporting

    Donors will receive personalised reports, meetings and project visits, in addition to being able to view project updates on the ORI website here: https://microsites.bournemouth.ac.uk/ori/

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £262,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £60,000 Pump-priming over 3 years To support ORI's administrative costs over it's first three year period
      £125,000 The CHAIN exercise programme Pain reduction and increased mobility through exercise including static cycling
      £20,000 Gyroscopes in fall prevention Research into the use of gyro-stabilisers to improve balance in the elderly
      £20,000 Virtual reality surgery Evaluation of surgery VR systems to determine which is the most effective
      £37,000 Gait analysis research Research Assistant to build up a database of 1000 'normal' gait analysis samples

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Anonymous £2,000 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    ORI is based at Bournemouth University but it will benefit patients across the UK and further afield through its research and innovations. Over 37% of the Bournemouth population is over 50 years old with 22% over 64 years old. The Royal Bournemouth Hospital is correspondingly one of the largest hip and knee replacement centres in Europe. Bournemouth and the surrounding (mostly rural) country of Dorset have areas of social deprivation adjacent to some of the highest land values in the UK.

    Beneficiaries

    Orthopaedic patients and older individuals who are at risk of falling. A key aim of ORI is to work with patients – and to develop procedures which can be disseminated to hospitals and healthcare providers – to delay or even prevent the need for surgery.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    ORI combines world-class research with clinical best practice, and it is run by one of the top consultant orthopaedic surgeons in the UK. ORI bridges the gap between academic research, the NHS and private industry, ensuring the patient is always at the centre of its projects. There is great demand owing to the high numbers of older people living in this region, and Prof. Middleton’s research has already shown significant results.

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    People

    Professor Rob Middleton

    Head of ORI; Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Bournemouth; Clinical Director Trauma and Orthopaedic Team at Poole Hospital.

    Associate Professor Tom Wainwright

    Deputy Head of ORI; Clinical Researcher in Orthopaedics; Physiotherapist.

There is huge potential for our research to make a real difference to clinical practice and patients in the UK.

Prof. Rob Middleton