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Cellulitis Priority Setting Partnership (PSP)


Cellulitis is an acute, painful and potentially serious infection of the skin. It is very common and is often managed in primary care but also accounts for around 2-3% of hospital admissions. Cellulitis is a relatively under-researched topic area. However, the number of people affected by cellulitis and the associated complications of cellulitis alone demonstrate the need for further research into the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of this condition.

To address this, the James Lind Alliance Cellulitis Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) has been set up to identify and prioritise research questions that are important to people with cellulitis (their carers/parents of affected children) and healthcare professionals involved in their care.


The project is being funded by the UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network (UKDCTN) and co‐ordinated by the Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology


News - Cellulitis PSP Workshop 21 April 2017  

We are very excited to be at the final stages of the research priority setting partnership on cellulitis.  We will be running a one day workshop in London to look at the shortlist of questions, (collected via surveys to people who have had cellulitis and health professionals who treat patients with cellulitis) to decide the top 10 questions for research into cellulitis.      

We have invited patients, nurses and doctors to take part in the workshop.  This is an opportunity for different parties to express their views, hear different perspectives and to think more widely about treating or helping people with cellulitis.  It will bring people together to exchange knowledge and information about cellulitis, and make decisions based on a wider set of experiences, so that by the end of the day we have a defined top ten list.  Facilitators from the James Lind Alliance will provide independent support to help the group arrive at a consensus for a list of cellulitis research priorities, to eventually take forward to health research funders.

Worshop Agenda


Key Facts

1. What does the PSP involve? 

The partnership held its first meeting in January 2016. Surveys will be used to help identify questions that patients, carers or clinicians may have on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cellulitis. A summary of the whole process is shown below:

  • Survey 1 Collection survey - asking for uncertainties in the treatment and prevention of cellulitis from patients, carers and health
  • Uncertainties collated Responses to survey used to identify true uncertainties.
  • Survey 2 Ranking survey – most frequently raised questions about uncertainties to be ranked in order of importance 
  • Final workshop - The Partnership will invite patients and healthcare providers to attend a workshop in April 2017 to discuss the most frequently raised questions. If you are interested in taking part in this event then please get in touch.
  • Top 10 uncertainties Information will be published and developed in to research proposals so that future research focuses on the most important questions.
2. Who is involved?

The partner organisations involved in promoting the Cellulitis PSP are as follows:

•    UK Dermatology Clinical Trials Network (UKDCTN)

•    British Association of Dermatologists (BAD)

•    Primary Care Dermatology Society

•    British Society for Medical Dermatology

•    Lymphoedema Support Network (LSN)

•    British Lymphology Society

•    Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) UK

•    Children’s Lymphoedema Special Interest Group

•    Leg Ulcer Forum

•    Royal College of General Practitioners

•    General Practice Research on Infections Network

•    Society for Academic Primary Care

•    Royal College of Emergency Medicine

•    British Infections Association

•    Leg Clubs

3. How can I take part?
A final workshop is Friday 21st April. If you're interested in getting involved, please contact us. Please note, there are only a limited number of places available at the workshop.
4. What will happen to the results of the study? 

The uncertainties that are identified during this project will be published on the JLA website and used to inform future research funding. The results will be made available on this website as well as through partner organisations’ websites and social media. We will also publish the results in the scientific press. You will not be identified in any publication. We will also make funding bodies aware of the Top 10 questions to help raise the profile of cellulitis research.


Further information

For further information about the process of Priority Setting Partnerships please see the James Lind Alliance website.




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Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology

The University of Nottingham
King's Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham, NG7 2NR

telephone: +44 (0) 115 823 1048