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The Steering Group is responsible for coordinating and implementing the activity of the PSP. The Steering Group includes representatives of organisations that can reach and advocate for patients and clinicians, and is chaired by a James Lind Alliance Adviser.
Drawing on members' expertise and networks, the Steering Group will help encourage wider membership and support of the PSP. The Steering Group will agree the process by which questions on treatment uncertainties, in the form of questions for research, are gathered from patients, carers and health professionals. This may include a survey and discussion groups.
Once gathered, questions are then checked against existing research to ensure that the answers to them are not already known and are then sorted and categorised. An interim priority setting exercise takes place by email and/or post, resulting in a short list of questions. A final priority setting workshop then meets where partners debate the questions to finally arrive at a 'top ten' list of research uncertainties, which are agreed to be the most important questions for research. These uncertainties are then publicised and brought to the attention of potential research funders, with the aim of obtaining funding for that research.
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Jonathan Rees treats elective shoulder and elbow conditions, performing routine and complex shoulder and elbow surgery with an increasing emphasis on arthroscopic (keyhole) reconstructive surgery of the shoulder.
He also trains postgraduate orthopaedic surgical trainees and Fellowship shoulder and elbow surgeons.
Professor Rangan is a specialist shoulder surgeon in a University Hospital and tertiary centre. He is Chairman of Research Committee, British Orthopaedic Association; Member of Council, British Elbow & Shoulder Society; and Surgical Champion / Research Lead for Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons of England.
He has considerable experience and interest in clinical effectiveness research, particularly in management of shoulder disorders.
Jane Moser works as a Consultant Shoulder Physiotherapist at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford University Hospitals Trust. In addition she has a research remit for one day a week.
Jane treats patients with complex shoulder problems in the physiotherapy department as well as working in the outpatient shoulder clinics. She is particularly interested in patient information and the patient experience. Jane has been involved in research trials relating to Rotator Cuff Repair surgery and information. She is a member of the British Elbow and Shoulder Society.
Harry Akerman is a consultant anaesthetist at University Hospital Southampton and specialises in regional anaesthesia (nerve blocks to numb parts of the body- eg shoulders).
He has an interest in patient outcomes and a desire to find out more about what patients think about interventions with the aim of improving the overall patient experience. He is also an anaethetist for a weekly shoulder list.
View Steve Drew's profile (BMI Healthcare website)
View Tim Holt's profile (Oxford University Clinical Academic Graduate School website)
Terry Lawrence has a background in public health and research and recognises the importance of research, significantly, the need to ensure that future research meets the identified needs of patients and clinicians alike. Her involvement with the Shoulder PSP is as a patient. Terry has osteoarthritis and has had both shoulders replaced, so has personal interest in the advancement of clinical practice being informed through collaboration.
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John Radcliffe Hospital
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Horton General Hospital