Latest news and updates


End of recruitment and next steps.....

31st December 2017

Recruitment for the trial has now closed, our final total is 163 recruits which exceeds our revised target of 148 which is great news! A big thank you to all the patients who have taken part and to the research teams at trial sites. We will continue to collect data for the trial until February 2019 at which point we will analyse the data, write up the report and submit it to the trial funder by the end of June 2019. We will then ensure that a summary of our results is made available to everyone who took part and anyone with an interest in our research.


Additional site opened

27th September 2017

One additional site, Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham has today been opened to recruitment taking the total number of sites participating in the trial to 12.


Site Opening Milestone Reached

15th August 2016

We are very pleased to announce that all 11 trial sites are now open for recruitment! There are no plans to open any more sites at the moment, and we can now focus on recruiting towards our 200 patient target. We’d like to thank the research teams at all our sites for their hard work so far and wish everyone good luck with their recruitment.


Recruitment Milestone Achieved

13th July 2016

The 60th NERVES patient was recruited by Dr Cathy Price and team at Solent MSK Services on the 13th July 2016. This is a great achievement as recruitment has been difficult over the summer months and every single patient recruited makes a difference. Well done to the team at Solent!


Recruitment Update

30th June 2016

June has been our best month ever for recruitment with 8 patients recruited from 3 different sites.  A special mention goes to Dr Cathy Price and Research Physiotherapist Anna Thornhill at Solent who recruited their first patient this month, but also a big thank you to everyone at the Walton Centre and Salford Royal Hospital for their continued hard work and enthusiasm – keep up the good work!


Site Opening Update

14th April 2016

Great news – James Cook University Hospital and Solent MSK Services opened to recruitment today so we’d like to welcome Dr Nitin Mukerji (PI at James Cook) and Dr Cathy Price (PI at Solent) and their research teams on board! We wish you every success with recruitment.


Site Opening Update

1st March 2016

We’d like to welcome the Dr Ganesan and the team at Seacroft Hospital to the NERVES trial as they opened to recruitment today. Good luck!


Site Opening Update

1st December 2015

Welcome to Mr Aprajay Golash and his team at the Royal Preston Hospital who opened to recruitment today – we wish you all the best for recruitment.


Recruitment Milestone Reached

26th October 2015

We are pleased to announce that the team at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital recruited their first patient today, taking the recruitment total up to 30 patients! Well done team!


Site Opening Update

7th October 2015

Today Mr Adrian Gardner and the team at Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham joined the NERVES trial as the first site open to recruitment in the main trial! Welcome on board everyone! 


Trial Progress Update

1st October 2015

During the month of September it was agreed with the trial funder that the pilot phase had been a success and we can now continue to the full trial. Well done to the research teams at our pilot sites, the Walton Centre and Salford Royal Hospital, for all their hard work in getting the trial up and running and helping us iron out minor teething problems.



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