Our impact

Our impact

The impact of RAFT’s research programmes is far reaching

For nearly three decades we have been undertaking pioneering scientific research that has changed the face of healthcare the world over.  In fact, our work has saved lives, improved treatment, speeded up recovery times, influenced healthcare policy and changed laws.

Thanks to our donors’ support, the work undertaken by RAFT has surpassed even our founders’ most ambitious dreams.  Today more than 100 of our projects are in use in hospitals and clinics throughout the world.   Here are just some of our achievements:


  • Creating the first therapeutic air bed to prevent pressure sores.


  • Developing the use of 3D laser scanning to analyse cleft lip and palate treatment for children


  • Creating the international standard for surgical treatment of facial palsy


  • Proving that birth trauma doesn’t cause permanent congenital facial palsy – now part of paediatric training


  • Creating the gold standard of care for the treatment of Dupytrens contracture


  • Researching the use of antisense therapies to improve chemotherapy results by blocking expression of the c-myc gene. Treatment which is now used by the pharmaceutical industry


  • Discovering that vaporisation laser treatment could be more effective in treating BCC skin cancer tumours than surgery


  • Developing the model for teaching patients how to self examine for skin cancer. Now part of the UK guidelines on melanoma care


  • Creating the definitive guide to using sun screens to provide protection against skin cancer and the filters now used by every single sunscreen manufacturer to protect against UVA damage


  • Instigating a national network of skin and tissue banks to provide burns and accident patients with quick access to donor skin & tissue


  • Identifying the early symptoms of toxic shock syndrome in children so it can be avoided; something that is now routine practice.


RAFT patron Ferrial Syed pictured with her Mum as a child after being discharged from Northwood Hospital, where she received pioneering treatment for third degree burns following an accident.  Ferrial says that without RAFT’s life-saving research she wouldn’t be here today.

We have published hundreds of medical papers, received numerous awards and are recognised by the scientific community as leaders in our field.  However, what is most important to us is the people we aim to support.

Scientific research is the tool that we use to make people’s lives better.  

But, despite our success, today, our research is needed more than ever before. Find out more about our current research projects