About us

Bristol Health Partners is a strategic collaboration between the city's three NHS trusts, three clinical commissioning groups, two universities and its local authority. These nine organisations have formed Bristol Health Partners voluntarily, and we are funded by contributions from the partners.

As a membership organisation, we are able to serve the needs of our partners and local population rather than a more distant funding body with its own agenda. The partnership includes commissioning and public health, which is rare among England's health partnerships, giving a broader interpretation of health and its determinants. This broader membership means we do not focus solely on illness, but also address lifelong health and how to prevent illness in the first place.

Five reasons why Bristol Health Partners is different

Our purpose

We exist to improve the health of those who live in and around Bristol and to improve the delivery of the services on which they rely, and to act as a mechanism for change in our health and care community and our city region.

Our vision

Our shared vision is for those who live in and around Bristol to enjoy the highest possible quality of life and experience of care. We want our city and health and care system to be known for:

  • Equality of access, experience and outcome
  • Excellence in research
  • Promotion of innovation
  • Connectedness and collaboration

Our mission

Our mission is to generate significant health gain and improvements in service delivery in Bristol by integrating, promoting and developing Bristol's strengths in health services, research, innovation and education.

Our unique Health Integration Team (HIT) model

Our Health Integration Teams tackle health priorities by working in new ways, harnessing the best research, innovation, care and education to make a difference to people's health. Our HITs must evaluate, involve patients and the public and have a whole system approach. This pioneering approach to research, health service and public health integration can help solve seemingly intractable problems.

Bringing the best people together

As a membership organisation that drives integration, our people are our strongest asset. We bring together leading experts from the Bristol city region and further afield to work together in new ways. Our Board, Executive Group and Health Integration Teams showcase the finest talent the Bristol city region's health and care community has to offer.

Maximising and integrating research and service delivery

Bristol has considerable health research strengths, and we help make the most of them through integrating academia, the health service, public health and commissioning. We apply science to service delivery and improvement, so that change is more effective and likely to succeed. Involving patients and the public is essential to success, and the partnership empowers health professionals to tackle this challenge head on.

Location, location, location

We focus on the people of the Bristol city region, which includes Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. We also aim to develop close links with other organisations in our wider region and neighbouring regions. But what works in Bristol will very likely work elsewhere: our work and research can and should have national and international impact.

The partnership in numbers

Together the partnership organisations:

  • Serve 1,083,000 people living in the Bristol area
  • Employ 40,000 people
  • Have a turnover of over £2.6 billion
  • Have a research income of more than £190 million

In 2014-15, Bristol's universities:

  • Trained 10,411 students in health related subjects and 3,696 qualify as health professionals each year

In 2014-15, Bristol's hospitals:

  • Recruited 15,507 patients to studies, with 341 new studies and 204 studies ending
  • Performed 59,337 procedures
  • Had 209,080 visits to A&E
  • Delivered 11,715 babies

About us

Bristol Health Partners is a strategic collaboration between the city's three NHS trusts, three clinical commissioning groups, two universities and its local authority. These nine organisations have formed Bristol Health Partners voluntarily, and we are funded by contributions from the partners.

As a membership organisation, we are able to serve the needs of our partners and local population rather than a more distant funding body with its own agenda. The partnership includes commissioning and public health, which is rare among England's health partnerships, giving a broader interpretation of health and its determinants. This broader membership means we do not focus solely on illness, but also address lifelong health and how to prevent illness in the first place.

Five reasons why Bristol Health Partners is different

Our purpose

We exist to improve the health of those who live in and around Bristol and to improve the delivery of the services on which they rely, and to act as a mechanism for change in our health and care community and our city region.

Our vision

Our shared vision is for those who live in and around Bristol to enjoy the highest possible quality of life and experience of care. We want our city and health and care system to be known for:

  • Equality of access, experience and outcome
  • Excellence in research
  • Promotion of innovation
  • Connectedness and collaboration

Our mission

Our mission is to generate significant health gain and improvements in service delivery in Bristol by integrating, promoting and developing Bristol's strengths in health services, research, innovation and education.

Our unique Health Integration Team (HIT) model

Our Health Integration Teams tackle health priorities by working in new ways, harnessing the best research, innovation, care and education to make a difference to people's health. Our HITs must evaluate, involve patients and the public and have a whole system approach. This pioneering approach to research, health service and public health integration can help solve seemingly intractable problems.

Bringing the best people together

As a membership organisation that drives integration, our people are our strongest asset. We bring together leading experts from the Bristol city region and further afield to work together in new ways. Our Board, Executive Group and Health Integration Teams showcase the finest talent the Bristol city region's health and care community has to offer.

Maximising and integrating research and service delivery

Bristol has considerable health research strengths, and we help make the most of them through integrating academia, the health service, public health and commissioning. We apply science to service delivery and improvement, so that change is more effective and likely to succeed. Involving patients and the public is essential to success, and the partnership empowers health professionals to tackle this challenge head on.

Location, location, location

We focus on the people of the Bristol city region, which includes Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. We also aim to develop close links with other organisations in our wider region and neighbouring regions. But what works in Bristol will very likely work elsewhere: our work and research can and should have national and international impact.

The partnership in numbers

Together the partnership organisations:

  • Serve 1,083,000 people living in the Bristol area
  • Employ 40,000 people
  • Have a turnover of over £2.6 billion
  • Have a research income of more than £190 million

In 2014-15, Bristol's universities:

  • Trained 10,411 students in health related subjects and 3,696 qualify as health professionals each year

In 2014-15, Bristol's hospitals:

  • Recruited 15,507 patients to studies, with 341 new studies and 204 studies ending
  • Performed 59,337 procedures
  • Had 209,080 visits to A&E
  • Delivered 11,715 babies
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