South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, based in Middlesbrough in the north-east of England, is one of two clinical partners who are involved in the SocketSense project, alongside Servicio Andaluz de Salud (SAS) in Seville, Spain. The Trust has been involved in many aspects of the project since the start in January 2019, but it has been particularly involved in the work programs in the project in the development of biomechanics analytical models and the clinical tests and trials of the sensors, the latter of which South Tees is leading on.
The Covid19 pandemic is still having an impact on the Trust and the Trust is looking at ways of working alongside Covid19 but it continues to have an impact on moving this project forward from a Trust point of view. Hospital sites are still closed to all visitors but areas of research are now beginning to open up and we hope to make progress soon. This has given the Trust an opportunity to work on other aspects of the project around dissemination and we are pleased to annouce a poster presentation about the project has been accepted at The Vascular Society for Great Britain and Ireland’s Annual Scientific Meeting in November. The poster is entitled ‘A multi-centre technology validation to analyse the efficacy and efficiency of the SocketSense sensor embedded in the patient prosthesis’. The scientific meeting this year is taking place virtually from Tuesday 24th to Friday 27th November. A paper is also in the process of being composed with just some fine-tuning required before submission.
Work is also continuing on the clinical trials and tests, where the Trust, alongside partners, is reviewing the protocol for the trial with an application for approval to be submitted in the next few months.