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Christopher Bretherton

BMedSci, BMBS (Hons), MRCS


DPhil student

  • Royal College of Surgeons of England Research Fellow
  • Honorary Trauma and Orthopaedic Registrar (ST6), Oxford University Hospitals Trust
  • British Orthopaedic Trainees Association (BOTA) Academic Representative
  • Oxford Surgical Collaborative for Audit and Research (OxSCAR) Vice-Chair

Trauma Registrar interested in collaborative research

I have led a number of trainee collaborative projects, coordinating 250 collaborators from over 80 NHS sites. Using this data, I co-led a successful NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) grant application for the Weight-bearing in Ankle Fractures (WAX) trial. This will determine the most clinically and cost-effective strategy for weight-bearing surgery for an ankle fracture. My DPhil will use behavioural change theory to facilitate early weight-bearing after ankle fracture surgery.          

I am leading a James Lind Alliance priority setting partnership (PSP) in “complex fractures", working with patients to determine research priorities for those injured during major trauma.

I am working with BOTA and Oxford Trauma to develop the NIHR/ RCS "Associate PI scheme". We aim to encourage surgeons to integrate research into their every-day practice, through involvement in multi-center clinical trials. 

Outside of work, I'm often found in the Iffley Road sports centre training with the University of Oxford Mixed Martial Arts club: watch this space for the first varsity!

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