Our Neurosciences and Musculoskeletal Division

As part of our neurosciences and musculoskeletal division, you'll work alongside an expert nursing team caring for patients from across the region. 

We're a large Trust, and so our wide variety of exciting specialties offer some unique development opportunities. Our multidisciplinary teams are committed to delivering exceptional healthcare to patients across Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

What specialties can I work in within the NMSK division?


Our Acute Stroke Unit is a specialist centre for acute stroke and provide thrombolysis & other emergency care to people from across the region. If a patient needs to stay in hospital beyond a few days, they may move from the Acute Stroke Unit to the Stroke Assessment Ward. Here, an assessment will be carried out by our expert team of therapists and other stroke specialists, including our dedicated nurses, to determine any ongoing needs you may have for ongoing rehabilitation, care and support. We also provide a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) clinic for specialist assessments of this form of medical emergency. Finally, we are incredibly proud to provide throbectomy procedures to treat strokes caused by blood clots within the largest arteries of the brain (which is around 1 in 8 strokes).

Trauma and Orthopaedics

The Orthopaedic Trauma Department at Southmead Hospital Bristol deals with unplanned orthopaedic needs. Consultant surgeons operate and review patients in clinic seven days a week. The Trauma Service accepts a wide range of emergencies, from local fractures to complex polytrauma. This is an excited and fast-paced area to work in, and features a wide range of interesting presentations and clinical cases, which are sure to challenge and expand your knowledge. We also provide expertise to the wider region.

The Trauma Service is a centre of excellence and offers specialist:

•Spinal trauma
•Foot and ankle surgery


Since the 1940's, the Institute has consistently been at the forefront of technical advances, building an excellent national and international reputation. Patient referrals come from across not only the South West, but throughout the UK and worldwide. Located within our state-of-the-art Brunel building, the Institute of Neurosciences is the regional centre for Neurological services serving the South West of England. It provides specialised services for a wide spectrum of neurological conditions, including:

  • Neurology
  • Neuroradiology
  • Neuropathology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Neurophysiology

What rotations are available within the division?

Our Trust, and our divisions, give you the option to build your own bespoke rotation when you join us.

Designing a rotation that suits you can allow you to either develop your skills across a range of specialties or concentrate your nursing experience towards one particular area. 

Our division allows for rotations throughout stroke, trauma and orthopaedics, neurosciences, and many more areas. A combination of these can give you a wide range of crucial nursing skills and allow you to build up a good foundation of knowledge and experience. During a rotation like this, you could have the opportunity to work alongside the specialist nurses caring for patients undergoing lifesaving thrombectomy treatments.

Alternatively, you can discuss with our ward managers and senior nurses the option to rotation between divisions. This pathway can be a good choice for those whose interests cover different clinical areas and are currently undecided on which specialty they'd like to head towards. It can also be key for those keen to build a career within one of our more acute areas such as emergency nursing, intensive care nursing. This could even stand you in good stead for moving into this division's more acute areas, like our stroke thrombectomy and thrombolysis teams where patients will need a much higher level of care.

What clinical developments happen within this division?

We're proud to be a division involved in groundbreaking research due to our Trust's strong links with the University of Bristol and other academic centres. For example, our Trust are involved in the treatment of conditions including multiple sclerosis and dementia, led by Professor Neil Scolding, and the wider use of deep brain stimulation in the field of pain management and depression, led by Mr Nik Patel.

Our contributions to the development of treatments for Parkinson's disease were highlighted recently by a BBC two documentary series.

This research centred around pioneering deep brain stimulation techniques for the treatment of functional disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, led by Professor Gill, and developing the use of robotic surgery to deliver drugs directly into the brain with pinpoint accuracy.

Could I learn more about your pioneering thrombectomy procedure?

Our thrombectomy at Southmead Hospital is carried out by interventional neuroradiologists, supported by stroke specialist consultants, advanced nurse practitioners, anaesthetists and a large team of other professionals using state of the art equipment. This procedure involves manually unblocking blood clots to the brain, significantly reducing the chances of death and disability. Since the technique was introduced on the NHS in 2017, our Trust has run the specialised centre for the West of England region.

We provide a thrombectomy service to the following hospitals:

  • Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation Trust
  • Great Western Hospitals Foundation Trust
  • North Bristol NHS Trust
  • Royal United Hospitals Bath
  • Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust Bristol
  • Weston General Hospital
  • Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

We’ll soon be providing a service to Wales.

Want to know more?

If you are looking to find out more about our careers within our NMSK division, or book an interview, please email Nursing@nbt.nhs.uk.