Shoulder Research User Group (SHRUG)

What is SHRUG?

The Shoulder Research User Group (SHRUG) at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough is a patient and public group. Its engagement with research teams on local and national trials facilitates impactful changes to care and improved upper limb services in the NHS.

SHRUG was formed in 2017 by Professor Rangan to ensure patients, carers and members of the public were given a voice and an opportunity to inform and influence research.  Since inception; SHRUG has contributed to both local and National trials, impacting the practices of upper limb surgeons and physiotherapists today.  SHRUG also provides an invaluable resource to societies, charities, and trial units.

As a SHRUG member you will be given many opportunities to have a voice.

Below are some examples of how you may be involved:

  • Discuss new projects/ study ideas
  • Become a public co-applicant on a clinical trial
  • Discuss and debate research applications for funding allocation
  • Contribute to patient and public panels to inform research teams on multi-centre trials
  • Help to write, design and format patient information leaflets/ website content
  • Direct involvement and engagement with staff at your local hospital who can implement change
  • Opportunities to attend local and national conferences where you have had direct involvement
  • Opportunity to learn about new treatment options being explored

For more information on public involvement in research, go to NIHR Involve and/ or watch this patient experience animation

By joining and contributing to SHRUG you are contributing to future healthcare……

You can make a difference!

Any reasonable expenses encountered as a result of SHRUG involvement will be covered (travel etc..)

How to get involved?

We are looking for patients, carers and members of the public to join SHRUG and provide input on current upper limb research areas of interest.

If interested, please click the link button to add your details and we will be in touch, alternatively contact the team at

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