Projects and activities

Online resource for self-management of inflammatory rheumatic disease (IRD)

Dr Emma Dures has led development of a self management app for patients diagnosed with inflammatory rheumatic disease, which was funded by NHS Charities Together.  App content has been compiled in collaboration with rheumatology patient groups, app designers Living With, and multi-disciplinary rheumatology teams at North Bristol NHS Trust and United Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust.

The app signposts patients to local and national resources including Versus Arthritis. It includes resources to support patients with their physical, emotional and practical needs.

It was trialled in Southmead hospital and the Bristol Royal Infirmary, with patients only able to access the app via the hospital teams. This trial phase provided the opportunity to gather feedback and refine the app before being made available to download. Read the evaluation report

Shared decision making tool

Dr Andrew Moore has led development of a musculoskeletal shared decision making (MSK SDM) tool for osteoarthritis.

The tool helps patients have confidence in, and feel in control of, decisions about their treatment. This aims to improve their mental health because they are equipped with the correct information about their illness.

This tool have been developed with patient groups and the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) Integrated Care Board.  The HIT has completed evaluation of the Torbay Knee Chart BNSSG Edition (TKCBE) and is currently waiting to hear from funders about moving forward with this project.

One Trauma and Orthopaedics Service

Sanchit Mehendale has been instrumental in the development of the “One Trauma and Orthopaedics” programme. This aims to improve access to, and uniformity of, trauma and orthopaedic services across BNSSG.

HIT members continue to work in partnership with Sirona, United Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust, North Bristol NHS Trust and BNSSG Integrated Care Board to ensure that no patient las limited services because of where they live.

This programme led to the creation of the single tracking list, which ensures that patients are listed in time order and clinical priorities, and have access to slots at both Bristol NHS Trust hospitals, which has been made possible by intra-site working.