University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

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University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust conducts research into the areas of wound healing, burns and tissue engineering.
The Trust’s role within the HTC is focused on Acute and chronic wound management, clinical trial and care evaluation.

Key projects

Currently, within University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham is working on a number of evaluation projects in wound prevention and treatment around;

  • The Suprasorb X plus PHMB for acute burns
  • 3D photography for acute wounds and burns
  • Woundchek for acute wounds
  • Biatain dressings for sub-acute wounds and skin graft donor sites
  • Accelheal wound stimulation for wound healing
  • The effect of a 1072nm light-emitting diode (LED) therapy on accelerating the healing of donor sites

Areas of expertise


University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust undertakes research in wound healing, burns and tissue engineering, led by Professor Steven Jeffrey.
Professor Jeffery is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon and Principle Investigator (PI) for the Wound management of Open Lower Limb Fractures (WOLLF), the IRRIGATE trial (RCT Irrigation of saline or prontosan versus no irrigation for contaminated wounds) PI for Integra single stage trial (dermal substitute plus immediate skin grafting) PI for Moisture sensing for wound dressings.

Professor Jeffery is a member of the consultant burns team at the Birmingham Burn Centre, the biggest in the country, working to provide consultant-led burn care at both the Adult Centre at UHB and the Paediatric Centre at BCH.

He was the first military plastic surgeon in Birmingham and in 2011, Steven was awarded the Wounds UK ‘Key Contribution Award’, the Military Civilian Health Partnership award ‘Regular of the year’, and the Smith and Nephew Pioneer of the year award.

He is an expert adviser to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), and is a member of the British Burns Association, the International Society for Burn Injury and is a Patron to the charity RAFT.

Steven is on the International Expert Panel on Negative Pressure Wound Therapy, his research is focused on burns and trauma. He also reviews for all the burns and trauma journals.

He is a Key Instructor on the Emergency Management of Severe Burns course, an examiner on the Intercollegiate Specialty Board in Plastic Surgery and an Assessor for the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Additionally, he is also part of the Birmingham NIHR Trauma Management HTC, and co-founder of the WoundCare4Heroes charity.

Services provided

Professor Jeffery is available to advise on the evaluation of new or existing products as well as on the management of acute wounds and burns.


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