St George’s Trauma Project

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Project Description

This project has been developed by the Trauma and Orthopaedic Department at St Georges Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London.  The physiotherapy team will create and update a selection of pages related to trauma and orthopaedics as part of their continuing professional development. These pages will then be used for in service training within the department.


By taking part in this project you will:

  • develop knowledge on a specified topic related to trauma and orthopaedics
  • contribute to an open professional resource thereby making up-to-date trauma and orthopaedic information available to colleagues
  • learn technical skills to contribute to the Physiopedia professional resource

Project dates

June 2015 onwards

Course Instructor

Lucy Coughlan

Instructions to Students

Thank you for participating in the ‘Physiopedia Trauma Project’ collaboration, you will be compiling current information on a specific injury using the suggested format which will then be made publicly available here on Physiopedia.

The aim of this project is to update our own teaching resources on commonly seen injures whilst also promoting high quality trauma rehabilitation throughout the physiotherapy network by contributing evidence based learning materials to this international educational platform.

Your task is to construct, or update a page on Physiopedia related to trauma and orthopaedics.  Please follow these instructions:

  1. Explore Physiopedia - Spend some time exploring the Physiopedia website. Look through all the links in the navigation bar on the left side of this page. Have a look at some of the great information in the Content section and find the User Tutorials as they will be of great help to you during the course of this project.
  2. Request an Account - To edit Physiopedia you need to have a Physiopedia account. You can request an account here (please state that you are part of the GCU project). Once you have requested your account you will be sent an email where you will be asked to confirm your email address. Once you have done this your account request will be assessed and activated. This process may take up to 48 hours.
  3. Login to Physiopedia - Once your account has been activated you will be sent an email with your login details and a link to your Profile page. When you login you will see that some new tabs appear in the top right of the page that allow you to Edit, Watch and Create pages as well as look at their History and related Discussion page. Take a look through these tabs to see the new options that you have.
  4. Create Your Profile - Now that you are familiar with navigating Physiopedia it is time to practice some editing. To do this you should spend some time to create your user profile. To navigate to your Profile page click on your name (top link under Personal Tools) in the navigation sidebar. Click the Edit tab and you will see an editing interface appear, take a look around all the options that appear in the editing toolbar to see what they all do. Once you are familiar with this edit the bio that has automatically been entered on your page and add some more information about yourself, add a profile image and make a link. You will find the User Tutorials helpful here. Remember, this is a great place to keep an updated online profile throughout your career, your future employers may be looking so be professional!
  5. Choose a topic - from the articles list below choose a topic that you would like to work on, once you have chosen a topic please review Physiopedia articles to see if there is a current page on this topic that you can review/update/link to. If there isn’t a page you will create one.
  6. Find the Evidence - Search for, appraise, and synthesise research evidence on your topic.
  7. Develop You Page - Develop your page in Physiopedia. You may be creating a new page or reviewing and updating/improving an existing page.
  8. Submit your work
  9. Receive your CPD certificate 

Guidelines to develop your topic page

Using research papers, textbooks and suitable web resources construct or update your topic page

Please ensure that the information that you compile is evidence based and current.  Remember to add references (please use the correct referencing system utilised by Physiopedia and the <R> function from the editing toolbar). Consider also including hyperlinks to other webpages, images and videos as these all add to supplement text and create a succinct but informative document.

In order for us to create a standardised structure please follow the format below as best as you can:

  1. Background
    • Epidemiology (age/m:f/incidence)
    • Mechanism of injury
    • Initial presentation (signs and symptoms)
  2. Clinical examination and investigations
  3. Classification of injury
  4. Management options
    • Conservative
    • Surgical
  5. Therapy assessment and management
  6. Complications
  7. Resources/additional information
  8. References

Topic List for 2014-15

  • Spinal fractures
    • Cervical
    • Thoracic
    • Lumbar
  • Chest trauma (Claire O'Farrell)
  • Pelvic and acetabulum fractures (Kate Jones)
  • Femoral fractures
  • Tibial plateau fractures (Ben Bowling)
  • Complex knee injuries (link to patella fracture page)
  • Foot and ankle fractures (Ankle - Patrick Gillman)
  • Open fractures / plastics management (link to amputee pages)
  • External fixators and circular frames (link to plastics and amputee pages)
  • Peripheral nerve injuries (Lucy Coughlan)
  • Upper limb injuries
    • Shoulder girdle
    • Humerus
    •  Elbow and forearm
    • Wrist and hand
  • Mild/moderate head injuries including post traumatic amnesia and ?vestibular involvement