Venous Special Interest Group

Top 10 research priorities

1. How can all patients be given the opportunity to access the specialist assessment and treatment they need?

2. How can awareness and education of venous disease be improved?

3. How can leg symptoms and tissue damage be prevented and treated in people with deep venous disease including deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?

4. How can varicose veins be prevented from happening or coming back after treatment?

5. How can the number of patients actually using compression treatment be improved?

6. How can leg symptoms and tissue damage be prevented and treated in people with superficial venous disease?

7. How can venous leg ulcers be made to heal more quickly?

8. What is the best type of compression for patients with venous disease and how do we improve compliance?

9. How can pain be better controlled in venous leg ulcers?

10. How common is pelvic vein incompetence and is treatment effective?


The process of developing these 10 reserch priorities is outlined in an open-access peer reviewed paper published in the Journal of the Vascular Societies of Great Britain and Ireland:

Long J, Atkin L, Gronlund T, Lane T, Nandhra S, Wilton E, Carradice D, on behalf of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland Venous Special Interest Group. Research priorities for venous conditions: results of the UK Vascular James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Process. J.Vasc.Soc.G.B.Irel. 2022;2(1):26-32.

SIG Chairs

Daniel Carradice – Vascular Surgeon

Tristan Lane – Vascular Surgeon

SIG Members

Sandip Nandhra – Trainee and VERN representative  – Vascular Surgeon
Leanne Atkin – SVN representative – Nurse Consultant
Emma Wilton – Deep venous Lead – Vascular Surgeon

New investigators

Sarah Onida
Ganesh Kuhan

Projects supported

  • Evaluating the clinical and cost-effectiveness of a multicomponent intervention for the Prevention of leg  Ulcer REcurrence (PURE): A randomised controlled trial – Alun Davies – NIHR HTA – Submitted, result awaited
  • Best Endovenous treatment, including STenting, versus best non-endovenous treatment in chronic proximal deep venous disease – the BEST multi-centre randomised controlled trial – BHF – Result awaited
  • A multicentre RCT of Thromboprophylaxis post endovenous ablation – Daniel Carradice, Alun Davies – NIHR HTA
  • A feasibility randomised controlled trial in patients with Obesity and lower limb Venous disease comparing Endovenous ablation and compression Therapy -OVET trial – Ganesh Kuhan – NIHR RfPB – Rejected
  • A randomised controlled trial assessing the clinical and cost effectiveness of compression HOSiery to Treat varicose vein Symptoms – the HOSTS study – Alun Davies, Sarah Onida – NIHR HTA – Rejected
  • VENous Ulcer patient Management – The VENUM study – Alun Davies – NIHR HSDR – Rejected


If you have an interest in the top 10 Venous priorities you can contact the Venous SIG via Mr Dan Carradice (