Shoulder Research User Group (SHRUG)

What is SHRUG?

The Shoulder Research User Group (SHRUG) is a patient and public involvement group formed in 2017, led by Professor Rangan. 

Based at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, the group is committed to improving the healthcare experience of patients accessing treatment for shoulder problems.

SHRUG  aims to ensure patients, carers and members of the public are given an opportunity to influence future treatments and care at both local and national levels.

As a SHRUG member you will be able to share your views with other patients, surgeons, physiotherapists, researchers and national societies such as the British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS).

Below are some examples of how you could be involved:

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

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

If you are a patient or member of the public interested, we would like to invite you to join this user group.

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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