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 these activities below.

New! for BESS 2022

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. 

National clinical trials


PROximal Fracture of Humerus: Evaluation by Randomisation Trial

CI: Prof Amar Rangan

Trial publication link-1

Trial publication link-2

This trial is complete


United Kingdom Rotator Cuff Trial

CI: Prof Andrew Carr

Trial publication link

This trial is complete


Can Shoulder Arthroscopy Work? Trial

CI: Prof David Beard

Trial protocol publication link


Clavicle Trial

CI: Mr Philip Ahrens

Trial protocol publication link

This trial is complete


United Kingdom FROzen Shoulder Trial

CI: Prof Amar Rangan

Trial weblink


PROximal Humeral Fracture: Evaluation by Randomisation – 2

CI: Prof Amar Rangan

Trial in final stages of commissioning, trial due to start January 2018


Patch Augmented Rotator Cuff Surgery

CI: Prof Jonathan Cook

Trial weblink

BESS Summary Page


UK Traumatic Anterior SHoulder Dislocation Study

CI: Prof Jonathan Rees

Trial weblink


Getting it Right Addressing Shoulder Pain

CI: Prof Sally Hopewell

Trial weblink