The SWUK Burn Care ODN is fortunate to have the Children's Burns Research Centre.  This is a multi-disciplinary consortium led by the University of Bristol in partnership with the University of the West of England, Cardiff University, University of Bath and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol).

The Centre is based with the South West UK Children's Burn Centre at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, and has an office at Cardiff University.

The Children's Burns Research Centre forms part of the Burns Collective alongside the Birmingham Burn Injury Research Centre led by Mr Naiem Moiemen.

The research consortium has a track record of working together and has partnered with voluntary agencies and patient groups, with the aims of delivering a patient-centred research programme to provide measurable outcomes for real patient benefit, and developing multidisciplinary research capacity in burns research.

The SWUK ODN aims to facilitate research in the South West of England and South/Mid Wales enabling patients to take part in multi-centre national research studies.

Current Research

Core Outcome Set for Burn Care Research

COSB LogoThrough systematic review, the Children’s Burns Research Centre in Bristol, in partnership with the University of Bristol, have identified that there are hundreds of different outcomes reported in research papers regarding burns. This makes it difficult to compare and identify the most effective interventions for patients to optimise their care.

The Core Outcome Set for Burn Care Research (COSB) is a PHD project led by Dr Amber Young, which aims to investigate and agree on the most important outcome measures according to people with burn injury, their families and professionals and how to measure these in a reliable and practical way. This study has involved more than 800 international participants and more than 120 patients, in agreeing which are the most important outcomes to report in trials relating to burn care.  A consensus meeting was held on the 9 October at the British Medical Association in London to decide on the final Core Outcome Set. A total of 28 participants attended the meeting, with 19 more casting their votes via telephone.  Participants included both professionals and patients/parents of patients and welcomed international input from areas such as the UK, Australia, the USA and Norway. The consensus meeting included two rounds of voting and further discussion amongst participants, allowing participants to have their say on the most and least important outcomes in burn recovery. The final Core Outcome Set was agreed on and the results will be published in the final COSB meeting report as well as a peer-reviewed journal.  Further research will decide on the most effective way of measuring these outcomes in burn care recovery.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact the COSB team at: 

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Restore is a Medical charity advancing burns and scar research. They also award fellowships for innovative investigations into wound and scar management.Visit the Restore website for further information.
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