Recruiting for Research (available to all membership categories)

The MACP is committed to encouraging post-graduate education and research. The Association is keen to facilitate research in the musculoskeletal arena and consequently is willing to consider applications to access the membership with research questions. This is for MACP members, Associate members or Affiliate members only.

In order that the MACP is only involved in research conducted in accordance with Good Clinical Practice & Research Governance guidelines, and in order that the members are not inundated with requests the MACP has instigated a process by which applications are considered.

Researchers can apply to:

  • Recruit members via the MACP twitter account
  • Post an invitation on the Research pages of the MACP website to members to participate in their research study. 
  • Post an invitation and a link or a URL on the MACP website to recruit members to participate in online surveys.

All requests to recruit members are made through the Research Officer using the appropriate application form (click here). Please complete the document electronically and enclose copies of the documentation requested. Once your application has been received it will be considered by the MACP Research Officer and the Research and Clinical Effectiveness Committee and a decision conveyed to you as soon possible. Please ensure that you leave adequate time for this review process when planning your research as the MACP can not guarantee to complete reviews within specific timescales.

Applicants must provide evidence of a 'favourable opinion' from the National Research Ethics Service or from a University Ethics Committee. For researchers wishing to access members working for the NHS, a favourable opinion from NRES, or documentation from NRES stating that the study does not need consideration, is required.

Here are some of the studies that are/have been supported in 2021:

 November 2021 - Do you facilitate (paid or unpaid) people living with Osteoarthritis to manage their physical activity goals? Would you like to help develop a physical activity tool that assists people living with Osteoarthritis to maintain, adapt and plan their physical activity? For more information, please contact Zoe Silsbury (

  • November 2021 - Achilles Tendinopathy survey by Dr Alex Scott, University of British Columbia 
  • July 2021. Imperial College London are trying to define the diagnostic pathway of suspected ACL injury in areas of MSK health, such as: NHS trusts, private clinics and elite sports. If you or your workplace are interested in contributing, please click the following link for more information.  Click here email contact
  • June 2021. Are you a UK based physiotherapist who assesses & manages persistent LBP? Please complete this survey - "ideal/model" answers can be obtained to cross-reference your knowledge so perfect for CPD & portfolios for FCPs and APPs. This survey is simple to complete and should take about 15 minutes: Dr Mindy Cairns

  • June 2021. Please consider supporting this focus group study - Co-design and acceptability of a physical activity intervention for people with Osteoarthritis. Link to the Information sheet here. . 
  • Are you an MSK physio working in the UK?  Are you interested in helping us explore how we delegate tasks to physiotherapy assistants/techs/support workers?  Then please complete our survey, it takes approximately 15 minutes to do so.  Access our survey on
  • Take part in the @BritPACT #PsoriaticArthritis (PsA) priority setting partnership survey with @LindAlliance to help identify the top 10 unanswered questions you want PsA #research to address: #PrioritisingPsA  
  •  Calling Physios’s who make fitness for work decisions as part of their role.. Help with research in Occupational Health and receive
  • 2 x FREE CPD Opportunities
  • #ThePredictorSurvey USE THIS LINK: 
  • Are you a UK-based physio normally working in an MSK setting? If so, please spare a few mins to help Emma with her MSc project. Findings will help establish how physios assess & manage breathing dysfunction in patients with MSK complaints. See:
  • Delphi-consensus survey  for UK-based physiotherapists and manual therapists managing patients with chronic low back pain  survey 


Dr Colette Ridehalgh
MACP Research Officer