Skip to content


Anatomical model of a human heart

Special Interest Groups

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, 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 Special Interest Group 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.





Diabetic Foot

Peripheral Arterial Disease

Service Organisation



Using the priorities in your research

We encourage anyone interested to get in touch with the Special Interest Groups and let us know how you intend to use these priorities.

The Special Interest Groups have been involved throughout the Vascular PSP, they have a wealth of experience within their group memberships and are keen to work with others who might be interested in pursuing any of these priorities.

Please contact Judith Long, email: or telephone: 01482 311918

Contact us

The priorities are freely available to be researched and we hope they will provide useful guidance to those who are considering funding applications, research strategies or campaign work. We encourage anyone interested to let us know how you intend to use these priorities.