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Ashley Scrimshire
Research Fellow



Ashley is a higher surgical trainee in Trauma & Orthopaedics in the North East of England. He was recently the clinical lead for the QIST: anaemia and infection collaboratives supported by the BOA, York Trials Unit, NHS Improvement, Northumbria NHS Trust and industry. He completed his PhD at the University of York in 2022. Work from this led to him working with national bodies in guideline and policy development.

Following this he continues his research as a post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of York working on the NIHR funded TIDE trial, a multi-centre RCT comparing two alternatives to Mupirocin for nasal MRSA decolonisation.

He is also undertaking work on peri-prosthetic fractures and is co-lead on the Characteristics, Outcomes and Management of Periprosthetic fractures: A National Service Evaluation (COMPOSE) study.

He is a committee member of the collaborative orthopaedic research network (CORNET) trainee collaborative, has formal qualifications in medical education and quality improvement, including training in QI methodology at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, in Boston USA.



  • PhD
  • MRCS
  • PGCert (Medical Education)
  • PGCert (Patient Safety and Quality Improvement)
  • MBBS



  • Scaling up Quality Improvement for Surgical Teams (QIST) – Avoiding surgical site infection and anaemia at the time of surgery: A cluster randomised controlled trial.
  • Characteristics, Outcomes and Management of Periprosthetic fractures: A National Service Evaluation (COMPOSE)
  • TIDE – An RCT investigating whether there are effective alternatives to nasal mupirocin for early decolonisation of MRSA amongst adult hospital in-patients

Research group(s)


Selected publications

  • Scrimshire A.B., Booth A., Fairhurst C., Reed M., Tadd W., Laverty A., Corbacho B., Torgerson D., McDaid C. 2020. Scaling up Quality Improvement for Surgical Teams (QIST) – Avoiding surgical site infection and anaemia at the time of surgery: protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial. Trials 21, 234.

  • Scrimshire AB, Fairhurst C, McDaid C and Torgerson DJ. Effectiveness of pre-operative anaemia screening and increased Tranexamic acid dose on outcomes following unilateral primary, elective total hip or knee replacement: a statistical analysis plan for an interrupted time series and regression discontinuity study [version 1; peer review: 1 approved]. F1000Research 2020, 9:224 (

  • Scrimshire AB, A Booth, C Fairhurst, A Kotze, MR Reed, C McDaid. 2020 (accepted pending publication). Pre-operative iron treatment in anaemic patients undergoing elective total hip or knee arthroplasty: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ Open.

  • Scrimshire AB, Gawad M, Davies R, George H. 2018. Management and Outcomes of Isolated Paediatric Tibial Spine Fractures. Injury; Feb;49(2) p437-442

  • Scrimshire AB, Holt EM. 2013. Watching cement dry: A necessary but costly irritation in lower limb orthopaedics. BMJ 2013;347:f7395 doi:

  • Davies RM, Scrimshire AB, Sweetman L, Anderton MJ, Holt EM. 2016. A decision tool for whole-body CT in major trauma that safely reduces unnecessary scanning and associated radiation risks: An initial exploratory analysis. Injury, Jan; 47(1) p 43-9. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2015.08.036.

  • Hughes J, Scrimshire AB, Steinberg L, P Yiannoullou, C Hall, K Newton, Pearce L, Macdonald A. 2017. Interventional Radiology service provision and practice for the management of traumatic splenic injury across the Regional Trauma Networks of England. Injury, May; 48(5) p1031-4. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2017.02.031.

  • P Yiannoullou, C Hall, K Newton, Pearce L, Bouamra O, Jenks T, Scrimshire AB, Hughes J, Lecky F, Macdonald A. 2017. A review of the management of blunt splenic trauma in England and Wales: Have regional trauma networks influenced management strategies and outcomes? Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons England, 99:p63-9. doi: 10.1308/rcsann.2016.0325.

  • ASiT/BOTA Lost Tribe Study Group, Scrimshire AB. 2017. Early years postgraduate surgical training programmes in the UK are failing to meet national quality standards: An analysis from the ASiT/BOTA Lost Tribe prospective cohort study of 2,569 surgical trainees. Int J Surg. 2018 Apr;52:376-382. doi: 10.1016/j.ijsu.2017.09.074.

  • BONE Collaborative, Scrimshire AB. 2019. Weight-bearing in ankle fractures: An audit of UK practice. The Foot. June (39) p28-36

  • BOTA Collaborators, Scrimshire AB. 2018. An audit of clinical training exposure amongst junior doctors working in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery in 101 hospitals in the United Kingdom. BMC Med Educ 18, 1 (2018).

External activities


  • CORNET (vice chair) – Collaborative Orthopaedic Research Network
  • BOA - British Orthopaedic Association
  • BOTA - British Orthopaedic Trainees' Association
  • RCSEng – Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Q community

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Ashley Scrimshire
Research Fellow