BESS supports upper limb orthopaedic research through its pump priming grants and survey circulation. In addition to this, we are proud to support two James Lind Alliance projects: common shoulder problems; and elbow conditions. BESS members have also been involved in several multi-centred national surgical trials. You can find out more about these activities below.

Pump priming grants

Elbow conditions
Common shoulder problems


We are inviting people to submit systematic reviews and meta-analyses for presentation in our research session. These can be submitted via the BESS abstract submission portal but will be assessed separately from the other applicants. This is to recognise that, when done well, these methods of evidence synthesis can give clinicians a good steer about their own clinical practice. 

Submit an abstract for our Systematic reviews and meta-analyses session at BESS 2023

National Clinical Trials

Current clinical trials

HUSH Trial 

CI: Steve Gwilym

The HUSH Trial (


PROximal Fracture of the Humerus PROFHER 2 – Trails and Statistics, University of York

Cl: Amar Rangan

Clinical Trial


UK Traumatic Anterior Shoulder Dislocation Study

CI: Prof Jonathan Rees

Clinical Trial


Reverse or Anatomical replacement for Painful Shoulder Osteoarthritis

Cl: Ian Trail and Jo Dias

Clinical Trial

SPiRIT Trial 

SPiRIT – Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences

CI: Steve Gwilym

Clinical Trial

SOFFT Trial 

SOFFT – Health Sciences, University of York

CI: Adam Watts

Clinical Trial

Completed clinical trials


PROximal Fracture of Humerus: Evaluation by Randomisation Trial

CI: Prof Amar Rangan

Trial publication link-1

Trial publication link-2


United Kingdom Rotator Cuff Trial

CI: Prof Andrew Carr

Trial publication link


Can Shoulder Arthroscopy Work? Trial

CI: Prof David Beard

Trial protocol publication link


Clavicle Trial

CI: Mr Philip Ahrens

Trial protocol publication link


Patch Augmented Rotator Cuff Surgery

CI: Prof Jonathan Cook

Trial weblink

BESS Summary Page


Getting it Right Addressing Shoulder Pain

CI: Prof Sally Hopewell

Trial weblink