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Research Resources

Evidence Based Guidelines In Hand Surgery And Therapy

- Produced by FESSH (Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand), 2017 

Download Guidelines

Updated process for research support

Details below on the rocess for individuals wishing to recruit therapists for research using survey or other research methods

Click here for full instructions

Download proforma for surveys

Download proforma for other research

How to submit a BAHT abstract/free paper

Free paper and poster abstracts should be a maximum of 300 word and should follow the format: Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusion.

Posters are usually requested to be A1 or A0 size.

Click here to view the full document.

What to do if you would like to survey BAHT members, or advertise other research projects through BAHT

Click here to view full details

CSP research funding

Click here for details of CSP-funded bursaries.

National Institue for Health Research (NIHR)

BAHT has self-declared as an NIHR non-commercial partner. The National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN) Portfolio is a database of high-quality clinical research studies that are eligible for support from the NIHR Clinical Research Network in England.

This enables those participants who are successfully awarded a research grant by BAHT CEC and who meet the NIHR criteria* to automatically be eligibe for NIHR clinical research network support costs which provide additional resources and finances in addition to their funding to assist with the research process.

*NIHR criteria: must be research conducted in the NHS, in England.

For more information on whether your project would meet the NIHR criteria and further details please go to:

The National Institute for Health Research have published a new handbook for aspiring clinical academics from the non-medical professions (i.e. relevant for physios and OTs working in hand therapy!). This guide is also has information for managers and discusses building clinical academic roles (so please share with your therapy leads).

National Institute for Health Research (PDF - 1.37MB)

Council for Allied Health Professions Research (CAHPR)

The aims of CAHPR are to:

  1. Develop AHP research
  2. Strengthen evidence of the profession's value and impact for enhancing service user and community care
  3. Enable the professions to speak with one voice on research issues thereby raising their profile and increasing their influence

There are local hubs across the country, check out what's going on in your area:


The Strengthening and Stretching for Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hand (SARAH) programme is an evidence-based hand exercise programme recommended by the NICE guidelines for the management of rheumatoid arthritis in adults.

A team of SARAH implementation researchers, clinicians, and information technology experts from the Centre for Rehabilitation Research in Oxford, University of Oxford have developed a simple online training course (iSARAH) to train NHS physiotherapists and occupational therapists to deliver the SARAH programme to their patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

iSARAH is provided free of charge, and an active NHS email address is required for course registration. iSARAH is made up of four simple instructional modules with exercise videos and illustrations, a section on frequently asked questions, and a self-assessment. A course certificate can be downloaded on successful completion of the training. iSARAH takes about 3-4 hours to complete.


Visit and enrol for iSARAH training.

More information

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Reconstructive Surgical Trials Network (RSTN)

RSTN is the clinical trials network for plastic surgery and hand surgery in the UK. It is part of the Royal College of Surgeons clinical trials initiative and is supported by BAPRAS and BSSH.

Full information can be found on the RSTN website - see here

Join their mailing list to find out about current research projects.