More about Bristol Bones and Joints


Musculoskeletal conditions are a major cause of disability, physical and emotional distress for individuals and, as they are common in the population, they lead to considerable financial cost to the NHS and to society.

Aims and objectives

The Bristol Bones and Joints Health Integration Team (HIT) aims to integrate existing evidence-based clinical practice and research to improve care pathways and outcomes for patients with musculoskeletal conditions, and to identify and address knowledge gaps through first-class research.

The HIT themes address three key conditions:

These are linked through three underpinning and cross-cutting themes:

You can find out more about the specific aims for each of the six themes by clicking on the links above.

Who’s involved?

The team includes clinical academics, clinicians and researchers from across Bristol, who are leading experts in musculoskeletal conditions, their management and self-management.

The HIT is led by co-directors Dr Emma Clark, Consultant Senior Lecturer in Rheumatology; Dr Emma Dures, Research Fellow in Inflammatory Arthritis; Mr Sanchit Mehendale,Trauma and Orthopaedic Consultant at the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust Find out more about who's involved.

Projects and activities

For projects and activities in each of our themes, please click on the links for each of the six themes under 'aims and objectives' above.


To find out more, please contact one of the co-directors

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