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Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Patients, carers and healthcare professionals have agreed the top ten research priorities across nine vascular sub-specialties.

Unlike priority setting partnerships undertaken in other clinical specialties, the broad nature of vascular conditions led the Vascular Priority Setting Partnership to establish nine Special Interest Groups (SIGs) categorised by an overarching vascular condition.

This was a crucial step in helping to manage the large number of responses and to ensure that each area retained their important research questions.

Each SIG has its own membership comprising allied health professionals (nurses, radiologists, technologists, trainees, physiotherapists) and patients.

The result was that the vascular specialty has effectively conducted nine individual priority setting partnerships, producing separate lists of top 10 priorities for research in the following areas. You can view these by clicking onto the tabs below:


Access Special Interest Group (PDF)

Chair: George Smith (

Deputy Chair: Jonathan Siqueira (


Amputation Special Interest Group (PDF)

Chair: Robert Hinchliffe (

Deputy Chair: David Bosanquet (


Aortic Special Interest Group (PDF)

Chair: Matt Bown ( and Colin Bicknell (


Carotid Special Interest Group (PDF)

Chair: Alison Halliday, Dominic Howard ( and Richard Bulbulia

Diabetic Foot

Diabetic Foot Special Interest Group (PDF)

Chair: David Russell (

Deputy Chair: Joe Shalhoub (

Peripheral Arterial Disease

Peripheral Arterial Disease Special Interest Group (PDF)

Chair: Patrick Coughlin (

Deputy Chair: Athanasios Saratzis (

Service Organisation

Service Organisation Special Interest Group (PDF) 

Chair: Matt Bown (


Venous Special Interest Group (PDF)

Chair: Dan Carradice (


Wounds Special Interest Group (PDF)

Chair: Ian Chetter (