Recruiting Centres

Centre/Clinician Inclusion Criteria

Each participating centre (and Principal Investigator; PI) has been identified on the basis of:

· Being an NHS out-patient neurosurgical, pain or orthopaedic clinic

· Having at least one lead clinician with a specific interest in, and responsibility for supervision and management of patients diagnosed with sciatica secondary to a prolapsed intervertebral disc

· Showing enthusiasm to participate in the study

· Demonstrating clinical equipoise (i.e., having no preference for either treatment)

· Ensuring that sufficient time, staff and adequate facilities are available for the trial

· Planning to provide information to all supporting staff members involved with the trial or with other elements of patient management

· Feasibility data confirms that they have a number of eligible patients

· Acknowledging and agreeing to conform to the administrative and ethical requirements and responsibility of the study including adhering to GCP, the trial protocol and other regulatory documentation

Sites Participating in NERVES:

  1. The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust
  2. Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
  3. The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust
  4. Royal Preston Hospital, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  5. Seacroft Hospital, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  6. The James Cook University Hospital, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  7. Solent Musculoskeletal (MSK) Services, Solent NHS Trust
  8. Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  9. Barts Health NHS Trust
  10. Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  11. Royal Stoke Hospital, University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust
  12. Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust




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