Apply now to become a Centre of Excellence

The Trustees of Paget’s Association are inviting applications to create additional Paget’s Association Centres of Excellence (PACE).

In November 2015, ten UK centres were recognised as Centres of Excellence by the Paget’s Association. The initial ten award winning centres and their directors are:

  • Cardiff: Dr Mike Stone at the University Hospital Llandough and Cardiff Royal Infirmary
  • Edinburgh: Professor Stuart Ralston at the Western General Hospital and University of Edinburgh
  • Manchester: Professor Peter Selby at Manchester Royal Infirmary
  • Middlesbrough: Dr Stephen Tuck at James Cook University Hospital
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne: Dr Terry Aspray at the Freeman Hospital
  • Norwich: Professor Bill Fraser at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and the University of East Anglia
  • Nottingham: Dr Peter Prinsloo at Nottingham City Hospital, in collaboration with Dr Rob Layfield’s research programme at the University of Nottingham
  • Salford: Professor Terry O’Neill at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sheffield: Dr Nicky Peel at the Metabolic Bone Centre, Northern General Hospital
  • Stanmore: Dr Richard Keen at the Metabolic Bone Unit, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

The Trustees of the Paget’s Association are now inviting applications to create further Centres of Excellence in Paget’s Disease, particularly in areas of the UK not currently covered.

The Trustees wish to use this initiative to raise the profile and awareness of Paget’s Disease, and to ensure optimal management of patients and provison of services to patients and their carers.  They also wish to continue to meet the mission of the charity by encouraging education and research in Paget’s Disease.

The additional Centres of Excellence in Paget’s Disease will be geographically based within the UK.  Each Centre should have an identifiable leader designated as Centre Director (similar to PI, Principal Investigator on grant applications).  In most cases this would be a clinician, but having a scientist as co-Director would be an attractive option where appropriate.  Involvement of colleagues within the same geographical region in a “hub and spoke” arrangement is encouraged where feasible.

The application for designation of Centre status should provide evidence of activity and/or achievements in Paget’s disease and related bone research.  Examples would include provision of clinical care and services to patients, as well as possible involvement in trials and research, backed up by any relevant publications.  Clinical and other staff involved should be identified, and available facilities described, including the numbers of patients referred to and managed by the centre.

Applicants should describe what their Centres would do over the next five years.  Current and future activities/tasks could include creating &/or maintaining a database of patients and treatments, and providing audits of these.  Other activities could include pro-active identification of patients, participation in multicenter & other research projects related to Paget’s disease, and hosting meetings for members/patients

The Trustees would expect productive interactions between the Paget’s Association charity and the Centres of Excellence, for example in fundraising and hosting meetings for members/patients.  The Trustees hope that the award of Centre status will provide applicants with a “badge” of local and national recognition that will facilitate their negotiation with health care providers to offer best standards of care to patients.

The designation of Centre status will be by open competition, and for an initial period of up to 5 years.  Funding for additional specific projects/members meetings and activities related the Centre may be available if needed.

The closing date for this second round of awards is Friday 26th May 2017. 

Applications will be reviewed by the Research Sub-Committee & the Trustees of the Paget’s Association. Please download the application form: Pagets Association Centres of Excellence Application Form:

Completed applications should be submitted by email to [email protected]