The trial team are successful in securing additional funding to allow the trial to be extended for 22 months. This extension will allow recruitment of another 90-120 participants, to mitigate against the negative effects of the pandemic on the trial results. Recruitment will recommence in the summer.
NHS physiotherapy services begin to resume across the U.K. from September onwards. The trial participants whose treatment was delayed by the pandemic start to receive their allocated treatment over the coming months. However, this treatment is much later than planned and in some cases received after the participant had completed their 12-month trial questionnaires.
The recruitment period official ends on the 30 April, however no recruitment has taken place since mid-March due to the pandemic.
Recruitment reaches 267 by mid-March, meaning our minimum recruitment target of 264 has been achieved. Unfortunately, no further recruitment takes place for the remainder of the recruitment period, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Physiotherapy services across the U.K. are suspended whilst the NHS redeploy staff and resources to deal with the pandemic. Approximately 90 trial participants were waiting for their allocated treatment at this time.
Recruitment hits 250!
Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Foundation trust recruits their first participant.
Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Foundation trust opens to recruitment.
James Cook University Hospital opens to recruitment.
Recruitment hits the halfway mark - 132 participants.
The trial hits 100 participants recruited.
Southmead Hospital, Bristol recruits their first participant!
Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham recruits their first trial participant!
Southmead Hospital, Bristol opened to recruitment this month.
King's College Hospital (London), Ninewells Hospital (Dundee), Western General Hospital (Edinburgh) and The Walton Centre all recruited their first participants this month!
Our superb research nurse, Emily, at Dorset County Hospital won the 'Rising Star' category at the Wessex Clinical Research Network Awards for her work on setting up a neurology research portfolio within the hospital. Well done Emily! https://www.facebook.com/DCHFTResearch/
The following trial sites opened to recruitment this month:
King's College Hospital, London
Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham
Ninewells Hospital, Dundee
Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
The Walton Centre, Liverpool
Dorset County Hospital recruits their first participant!
The Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield recruits their first trial participant!
Salford Royal recruits their first trial participant!
Trial sites open to recruitment this month:
Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield
Dorset County Hospital
St George's University Hospital recruits their first participant!
The first trial site opened to recruitment - St George's University Hospital, London
Ethical and Health Research Authority approval granted
Trial team notified of successful funding application