Bristol Bones and Joints

Bristol Bones and Joints Health Integration Team (HIT) harnesses evidence-based clinical practice and the associated research to fill knowledge gaps and improve care pathways and outcomes for patients with musculoskeletal conditions.

The team focuses on three key areas: rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and fragility fractures, and osteoarthritis and arthroplasty (joint replacement or repair). Bristol Bones and Joints' work has already contributed to a significant shift in hip replacement practice that should improve patient outcomes locally and worldwide.

Latest news and events

Bristol Bones and Joints highlights for 2016-17

Bristol Bones and Joints highlights for 2016-17

18 May 2017

Directors Dr Emma Clark, Professor Ashley Blom and Professor Sarah Hewlett give an update on the 2016-17 activity of the Bristol Bones and Joints HIT which focuses on osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and inflammatory rheumatological disorders.

Two Health Integration Teams responsible for £340,000 savings annually

Two Health Integration Teams responsible for £340,000 savings annually

28 March 2017

Two Health Integration Teams (HITs), Bristol Bones and Joints and STITCH, are responsible for £340,000 annual savings in the city’s two acute trusts, through changes to services and care pathways.

HITs bring nearly £4m in funding to the region in last nine months

HITs bring nearly £4m in funding to the region in last nine months

27 March 2017

Health Integration Teams (HITs) have brought £3,988,121 of funding to the region since July 2016. Some of these awards are for research, while others are for service innovation.

PROactive collaboration aims to tackle chronic pain

PROactive collaboration aims to tackle chronic pain

18 August 2016

PROactive is a new collaborative partnership between the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust (RUH). It brings together academics and clinicians from a range of different research groups...

Health Integration Team model evaluation paper published

Health Integration Team model evaluation paper published

1 July 2016

The results of NIHR CLAHRC West's preliminary evaluation of the ‘Health Integration Team’ model have been published in BMC Health Services Research.

Our 2015-16 annual review is out now

Our 2015-16 annual review is out now

27 June 2016

Our 2015-16 annual review was launched at our annual Health Integration Team (HIT) conference on 17 June. The Bristol Health Partners annual review showcases the work of the partnership and includes updates from most of our 20 HITs and a round-up of the...

Bristol Bones and Joints review of the year: 2015-16

Bristol Bones and Joints review of the year: 2015-16

25 May 2016

Directors Dr Emma Clark, Professor Ashley Blom and Professor Sarah Hewlett give an update on the 2014-15 activity of the Bristol Bones and Joints Health Integration Team (HIT).

Helping people with rheumatoid arthritis manage their fatigue

Helping people with rheumatoid arthritis manage their fatigue

15 August 2015

Research at UWE has led to a process of measuring fatigue in people with rheumatoid arthritis which has been adopted internationally in clinical trials, and informed interventions that have improved quality of life for people with rheumatoid arthritis.

Bristol Bones and Joints Health Integration Team review of 2014-15

Bristol Bones and Joints Health Integration Team review of 2014-15

11 May 2015

Directors Dr Emma Clark, Professor Ashley Blom and Professor Sarah Hewlett give an update on the 2014-15 activity of the Bristol Bones and Joints Health Integration Team (HIT).

Bristol Bones and Joints review 2013-14

Bristol Bones and Joints review 2013-14

27 August 2014

Dr Emma Clark, Professor Ashley Blom and Professor Sarah Hewlett reflect on the Bristol Bones and Joints Health Integration Team's (HIT) work in 2013-14.

Bristol Bones and Joints

Bristol Bones and Joints Health Integration Team (HIT) harnesses evidence-based clinical practice and the associated research to fill knowledge gaps and improve care pathways and outcomes for patients with musculoskeletal conditions.

The team focuses on three key areas: rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and fragility fractures, and osteoarthritis and arthroplasty (joint replacement or repair). Bristol Bones and Joints' work has already contributed to a significant shift in hip replacement practice that should improve patient outcomes locally and worldwide.

Latest news and events

Bristol Bones and Joints highlights for 2016-17

Bristol Bones and Joints highlights for 2016-17

18 May 2017

Directors Dr Emma Clark, Professor Ashley Blom and Professor Sarah Hewlett give an update on the 2016-17 activity of the Bristol Bones and Joints HIT which focuses on osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and inflammatory rheumatological disorders.

Two Health Integration Teams responsible for £340,000 savings annually

Two Health Integration Teams responsible for £340,000 savings annually

28 March 2017

Two Health Integration Teams (HITs), Bristol Bones and Joints and STITCH, are responsible for £340,000 annual savings in the city’s two acute trusts, through changes to services and care pathways.

HITs bring nearly £4m in funding to the region in last nine months

HITs bring nearly £4m in funding to the region in last nine months

27 March 2017

Health Integration Teams (HITs) have brought £3,988,121 of funding to the region since July 2016. Some of these awards are for research, while others are for service innovation.

PROactive collaboration aims to tackle chronic pain

PROactive collaboration aims to tackle chronic pain

18 August 2016

PROactive is a new collaborative partnership between the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust (RUH). It brings together academics and clinicians from a range of different research groups...

Health Integration Team model evaluation paper published

Health Integration Team model evaluation paper published

1 July 2016

The results of NIHR CLAHRC West's preliminary evaluation of the ‘Health Integration Team’ model have been published in BMC Health Services Research.

Our 2015-16 annual review is out now

Our 2015-16 annual review is out now

27 June 2016

Our 2015-16 annual review was launched at our annual Health Integration Team (HIT) conference on 17 June. The Bristol Health Partners annual review showcases the work of the partnership and includes updates from most of our 20 HITs and a round-up of the...

Bristol Bones and Joints review of the year: 2015-16

Bristol Bones and Joints review of the year: 2015-16

25 May 2016

Directors Dr Emma Clark, Professor Ashley Blom and Professor Sarah Hewlett give an update on the 2014-15 activity of the Bristol Bones and Joints Health Integration Team (HIT).

Helping people with rheumatoid arthritis manage their fatigue

Helping people with rheumatoid arthritis manage their fatigue

15 August 2015

Research at UWE has led to a process of measuring fatigue in people with rheumatoid arthritis which has been adopted internationally in clinical trials, and informed interventions that have improved quality of life for people with rheumatoid arthritis.

Bristol Bones and Joints Health Integration Team review of 2014-15

Bristol Bones and Joints Health Integration Team review of 2014-15

11 May 2015

Directors Dr Emma Clark, Professor Ashley Blom and Professor Sarah Hewlett give an update on the 2014-15 activity of the Bristol Bones and Joints Health Integration Team (HIT).

Bristol Bones and Joints review 2013-14

Bristol Bones and Joints review 2013-14

27 August 2014

Dr Emma Clark, Professor Ashley Blom and Professor Sarah Hewlett reflect on the Bristol Bones and Joints Health Integration Team's (HIT) work in 2013-14.

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