By: 3 March 2015
Media award for TARVA trial

Media award for TARVA trial

A video aimed at encouraging participation in clinical trials has won a prestigious national award.

The TARVA patient information video secured the prize in round four of the National Institute for Health Research’s New Media competition for the best recruitment and patient information video.

The film was produced at University College London and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and directed by filmmaker Jan Letocha. It features Hollywood actor Sylvester McCoy, as well as other patients discussing their experiences with ankle replacement and ankle arthrodesis.

The TARVA (total ankle replacement versus arthrodesis) trial is a clinical trial for patients with ankle arthritis that are considering surgery.

Approximately 3000 patients undergo ankle arthrodesis or total ankle replacement (TAR) in the NHS each year. Information on all TARs implanted in the NHS has been captured on the National Joint Registry since 2010, but no similar national data exist for ankle fusion, and no randomised trial directly comparing the two procedures has been published.

Full details on the TARVA trial can be found on the project website at