Last updated: June 2017
What is the NFORC Trainee Collaborative?
The National Facial, Oral and Oculoplastic Research Centre (NFORC) Trainee Collaborative is a new initiative spearheaded by NFORC to increase the level of trainees' participation and leadership in clinical research. This new group was formed as a result of a recent NFORC research summit, which was held in December 2016. Oral and maxillofacial trainees were invited to present potential prospective interventional studies for multicentre randomised control trials and cohort studies.
The seleted projects are led by trainees with a consultant surgeon as joint chief investigators for support and also to emphasise the importance of trainee involvement. Using a nationwide trainee network, we hope to encourage trainee participation and subsequent patient recruitment with the aim of ultimately informing and improving clinical practice and national guidelines.
For successful projects, all trainees will have abstracts for conference submissions and citable publications. We will organise future Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training as well as free courses such as 'Train the Trainer' and 'Leadership and Management'. This reflects our priority in providing as many educational opportunities to trainees at no or at significantly reduced cost. With the ever increasing burden on trainees with mandatory courses to attend, and the rising costs they incur, we want to send a clear message that the NFORC Trainee Collaborative is about giving as much back to trainees as possible. Instead of providing hurdles, we want to provide solutions to these hurdles.
How trainees can get involved
The Clinical Lead for the NFORC Trainee Collaborative is Jag Dhanda, Consultant Head and Neck Surgeon, at Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead.
The Trainee Collaborative is currently in the process of developing a number of clinical studies that trainees up and down the country have submitted for consideration.
Current Trainee Collaborative projects under development
Coronectomy vs. complete extraction of mandibular third molars
- There are some debate as to whether the risk of inferior alveolar nerve injury (IANI) is a significant consideration when offering treatment options for impacted mandbular third molars.
- This study seeks to compare the incidence of nerve damage (and other clinical outcomes) or coronectomy vs. conventional third molar extraction.
Cerezen, an in-ear device for the treatment of pain associated with temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD)
- One of the standard treatments for pain associated with TMD is occlusal splints. Splints have to be worn every night, have varied clinical efficacy and there are questions surrounding the evidence supporting their use.
- The Cerezen device is a 3D printed insert following the contours of the patients' ear canal in order to increase space within the joint to relieve pressure and also to provide comfort. The FDA approved device can be worn all day long with no effect on the patient's hearing.
- NFORC has been involved in developing a multicentre clinical study comparing it to splints for the reduction of pain in the hope that this could be offered to the vast number of patients presenting to dentists and doctors with pain around their jaw joints.