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The Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS) is a medical department within the University of Oxford. It is the largest European academic department in its field, running a programme of research and teaching.

NDORMS is based at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (NOC) hospital, part of the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre is the largest specialist academic musculoskeletal hospital in the UK. Sharing the site with the NOC puts NDORMS in a unique position to foster the collaboration between scientists and clinicians, which is essential to success in medical research.

Our mission is to discover the causes of musculoskeletal and inflammatory conditions to deliver excellent and innovative care that improves people’s quality of life. Teams in the department are drawn from a range of different people and roles in health sciences including orthopaedic surgeons, physiotherapists, rheumatologists, clinical scientists, bone oncologists, laboratory scientists, epidemiologists, research nurses, engineers and statisticians.

NDORMS is committed to continually improving Patient and Public Involvement in its research programme and has developed a clear strategy for how this will be taken forward. 

We are currently seeking around seven patient partners to work within a team who will help steer NDORMS research to provide more patient focused outcomes. The patient partners include patients, potential patients, carers and people who use health services as well as people from organisations that represent people who use services.