Our Health Integration Teams (HITs)

Bristol Health Partners is addressing the major public health imperatives and disease areas in the city through the integration of primary, secondary and tertiary care with community service provision, public health (including preventative strategies), education, training, innovation and research. This unified and focused approach will deliver healthier lives, earlier prevention of illness and disease, and better integration of healthcare across Bristol.

Health Integration Team success stories

Extending liaison psychiatry service at the Bristol Royal Infirmary improves care and reduces costs for self-harm patients

Extending liaison psychiatry service at the Bristol Royal Infirmary improves care and reduces costs for self-harm patients

Extending the operating hours of the liaison psychiatry service at the Bristol Royal Infirmary’s (BRI) Emergency Department has led to improved care and outcomes for patients who have self-harmed, NIHR-funded research has found.

Alternatives to acute hospital admissions for older people are safe and reduce hospital use

Alternatives to acute hospital admissions for older people are safe and reduce hospital use

Alternatives to acute hospital admissions for older people appear safe and could reduce use of acute hospital care and length of time receiving care, a new study from the University of Bristol published in BMJ Open ​has found.

PROactive research collaboration awarded funding for two large-scale studies

PROactive research collaboration awarded funding for two large-scale studies

The PROactive research collaboration has been awarded funding for two large-scale studies, contributing to a total of more than £1 million in research grants that they have received during 2016-17.

Can we learn how to prevent brain injuries in children by looking at local cases?

Can we learn how to prevent brain injuries in children by looking at local cases?

A project to explore whether brain injuries in children could be prevented through examining and understanding local cases has been awarded £10,000 by the NIHR Brain Injury Healthcare Technology Cooperative. The project is being led by CIPIC HIT.

South Gloucestershire diabetes prevention pilot project poster win

South Gloucestershire diabetes prevention pilot project poster win

A poster showcasing the Active Older People (APPHLE) Health Integration Team (HIT) project evaluating the South Gloucestershire diabetes prevention pilot won best poster at the Faculty of Public Health annual conference and expo on 21-22 June 2017.

SHINE's Ben Barker awarded MBE in Queen's birthday honours

SHINE's Ben Barker awarded MBE in Queen's birthday honours

Community activist Ben Barker, who is on the Supporting Healthy Inclusive Neighbourhood Environments (SHINE) leadership team, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours. Ben is a member of the Greater Bedminster Community Partnership.

Bristol Health Partners: five years of achievement

Bristol Health Partners: five years of achievement

The first Bristol Health Partners partnership agreement was signed in April 2012, with a lifespan of five years. It’s been extended for another year while our future direction is mapped out, but it’s a good moment to reflect on what we've achieved so far...

Highlights for 2016-17: Eating Disorders HIT

Highlights for 2016-17: Eating Disorders HIT

Helen Malson and Hugh Herzig, Directors of the Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (EDHIT), reflect on the team's work and achievements over the last year, including an art exhibition of work by people with experience of eating disorders.

SHINE HIT's achievements in 2016-17

SHINE HIT's achievements in 2016-17

Directors Adrian Davis and Suzanne Audrey, together with Marcus Grant, reflect on their work to promote the importance of healthy urban environments through the Supporting Healthy Inclusive Neighbourhood Environments Health Integration Team (SHINE HIT).

Improving Perinatal Mental Health HIT review for 2016-17

Improving Perinatal Mental Health HIT review for 2016-17

Dr Jonathan Evans and Inge Shepherd, Directors of the Improving Perinatal Mental Health Health Integration Team, give an update on progress in 2016-17, including the successful application for a new specialist community perinatal mental health service.

Drug and Alcohol Health Integration Team review of 2016-17

Drug and Alcohol Health Integration Team review of 2016-17

Leonie Roberts, Matthew Hickman, Katherine Williams and Tim Williams, Directors of the Drug and Alcohol Health Integration Team (HIT), reflect on their team’s work in 2016-17.

Bristol Bones and Joints highlights for 2016-17

Bristol Bones and Joints highlights for 2016-17

Directors Dr Emma Clark, Professor Ashley Blom and Professor Sarah Hewlett give an update on the 2016-17 activity of the Bristol Bones and Joints HIT which focuses on osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and inflammatory rheumatological disorders.

Bristol Network for Equality in Early Years Health and Wellbeing 2016-17 highlights

Bristol Network for Equality in Early Years Health and Wellbeing  2016-17 highlights

Dr Patricia Lucas and Dr Jo Williams, Directors of the Bristol Network for Equality in Early Years Health and Wellbeing (BoNEE), look back on 2016-17. BoNEE aims to tackle the health inequalities that result from poverty and disadvantage.

Avoiding Hospital Admissions HIT achievements for 2016-17

Avoiding Hospital Admissions HIT achievements for 2016-17

Professor Sarah Purdy and Dr Peter Goyder, Directors of the Integration to Avoid Hospital Admissions Health Integration Team (ITHAcA HIT), give an update on the HIT's activities in 2016-17.

Bristol Immunisation Group’s highlights for 2016-17

Bristol Immunisation Group’s highlights for 2016-17

Professor Adam Finn, Dr Julie Yates and Dr Marion Roderick, Directors of the Bristol Immunisation Group Health Integration Team (BIG HIT) update on progress in 2016-17. BIG HIT aims to improve local performance of national immunisation programmes.

Child Injury Health Integration Team highlights in 2016-17

Child Injury Health Integration Team highlights in 2016-17

Dr Julie Mytton, Director of the Child Injury (CIPIC) Health Integration Team gives an update of the HIT's activities in 2016-17. CIPIC aims to support the commissioning and delivery of activities to reduce injuries, and their consequences, in children.

Successes of the Sexual Health Improvement for Population and Patients HIT in 2016-17

Successes of the Sexual Health Improvement for Population and Patients HIT in 2016-17

Professor John Macleod and Thara Raj look back over the work of the Sexual Health Improvement for Population and Patients (SHIPP) HIT during 2016-17. SHIPP works to promote evidence based sexual health improvement.

Respiratory Infections HIT round up for 2016-17

Respiratory Infections HIT round up for 2016-17

An update on the work of the Respiratory Infections Health Integration Team during 2016-17 from Professor Alastair Hay. The team has been working to improve advice and support for parents and patients and to reduce antibiotic use since December 2012.

Achievements of the Chronic Kidney Disease HIT in 2016-17

Achievements of the Chronic Kidney Disease HIT in 2016-17

Dr Udaya Udayaraj gives an update on the work of the Chronic Kidney Disease Health Integration Team (CKD HIT) over the last year. The CKD HIT aims to improve patient outcomes and care pathways for patients with kidney disease.

Review of the Psychosis Health Integration Team 2016-17

Review of the Psychosis Health Integration Team 2016-17

Psychosis Health Integration Team (HIT) Directors Dr Sarah Sullivan, Dr Simon Downer, James Robinson and Martha Sneyd on the team's activities in 2016-17. The team aims to improve the support, treatment, services and lives of people with psychosis.

Improving Care in Self-Harm HIT's successes in 2016-17

Improving Care in Self-Harm HIT's successes in 2016-17

Salena Williams and Sue Dursley, Co- Directors of the Improving Care in Self-Harm Health Integration Team (STITCH HIT) give an update on the HIT's activities in 2016-17. STITCH HIT is working to reduce the number of suicides in the Bristol area.

Psychological Therapies in Primary Care HIT highlights in 2016-17

Psychological Therapies in Primary Care HIT highlights in 2016-17

Dr Nicola Wiles and Dr David Kessler, Directors of the Psychological Therapies in Primary Care Health Integration Team (InPsyTe HIT), give an update on the HIT's work in 2016-17.

Parkinson's and Other Movement Disorders HIT review of 2016-17

Parkinson's and Other Movement Disorders HIT review of 2016-17

Dr Alan Whone, Director of the Parkinson's and Other Movement Disorders Health Integration Team (MOVE HIT), gives an update on the HIT's progress in 2016-17.

Integrated Pain Management HIT successes in 2016-17

Integrated Pain Management HIT successes in 2016-17

Professor David Wynick gives an update on the work of the Integrated Pain Management Health Integration Team in 2016-17. The team focuses on improvements in performance, productivity and efficiency within local and regional chronic pain services.

Active Older People HIT's achievements in 2016-7

Active Older People HIT's achievements in 2016-7

Professor Selena Gray and Dr Afroditi Stathi, Directors of the Active Older People Health Integration Team give an update on their work in 2016-2017.

Successes of the Dementia HIT in 2016-17

Successes of the Dementia HIT in 2016-17

Sue Wensley, Elizabeth Coulthard and Emma Moody, Directors of the Dementia Health Integration Team (HIT), reflect on the team's work and successes in 2016-17.

NHS England pledges £750k to Bristol Royal Infirmary for 24 hour psychiatric liaison service

NHS England pledges £750k to Bristol Royal Infirmary for 24 hour psychiatric liaison service

NHS England has awarded University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust £750k to extend psychiatric liaison services in the emergency department at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. This means they will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

MOVE HIT's Mel Falk elected to Association for Chartered Physiotherapists on Neurology board

MOVE HIT's Mel Falk elected to Association for Chartered Physiotherapists on Neurology board

Neuro-physiotherapist Melanie Falk has been elected to the board of the Association for Chartered Physiotherapists on Neurology (ACPIN). Mel is a member of MOVE HIT's executive team.

Two Health Integration Teams responsible for £340,000 savings annually

Two Health Integration Teams responsible for £340,000 savings annually

Two Health Integration Teams (HITs), Bristol Bones and Joints and STITCH, are responsible for £340,000 annual savings in the city’s two acute trusts, through changes to services and care pathways.

HITs bring nearly £4m in funding to the region in last nine months

HITs bring nearly £4m in funding to the region in last nine months

Health Integration Teams (HITs) have brought £3,988,121 of funding to the region since July 2016. Some of these awards are for research, while others are for service innovation.

Deep Brain Stimulation Nurse Association annual conference hosted by MOVE HIT

Deep Brain Stimulation Nurse Association annual conference hosted by MOVE HIT

The Parkinson's and Other Movement Disorders Health Integration Team (MOVE HIT) at North Bristol NHS Trust hosted the Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Nurse Association Annual Conference on 16-17 March 2017.

Build-in health or build more hospitals event success

Build-in health or build more hospitals event success

A range of people with a stake or an interest in city development came together at the Architecture Centre in the centre of Bristol for an event held as part of Bristol Healthy City Week.

In numbers: STITCH HIT's successes

In numbers: STITCH HIT's successes

The Improving Care in Self-Harm Health Integration Team (STITCH HIT) have had some spectacular successes over the last few years. The team have been working hard to make improvements to take self-harm care towards parity of esteem with physical illness, i...

Eating Disorders HIT hosts second research meeting

Eating Disorders HIT hosts second research meeting

The Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (HIT) hosted its second research event on 13 January 2017. The event brought together around 30 people.

STITCH HIT's work highlighted in National Suicide Prevention Strategy progress report

STITCH HIT's work highlighted in National Suicide Prevention Strategy progress report

The work of the Improving Care in Self-Harm Health Integration Team (STITCH HIT) has been recognised in the Department of Health's third National Suicide Prevention Strategy progress report.

BBC highlights eating disorders in men with the help of the Eating Disorders HIT

BBC highlights eating disorders in men with the help of the Eating Disorders HIT

Hugh Herzig has taken part in a BBC Points West focus on eating disorders in men. Hugh is a Director of the Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (EDHIT).

£1.3m mental health funding boost for new and expectant mothers

£1.3m mental health funding boost for new and expectant mothers

New and expectant mothers in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire will now have access to specialist mental health support, thanks to new funding from NHS England.

Bristol case study used in WHO New Urban Agenda report

Bristol case study used in WHO New Urban Agenda report

A case study showcasing Bristol's commitment to health in its neighbourhood planning formed part of the World Health Organisation (WHO) report to inform the UN's New Urban Agenda.

Fracture pain study paper from Integrated Pain Management HIT published

Fracture pain study paper from Integrated Pain Management HIT published

Members of the Integrated Pain Management Health Integration Team (IPM HIT) have published a paper looking at 'sensorimotor dysfunction' after limb fracture. Sensorimotor dysfunction is when people feel sensations or movements in a limb that aren't actua...

Researchers find people who inject drugs would be willing to switch to safer equipment

Researchers find people who inject drugs would be willing to switch to safer equipment

People who inject drugs support the use of new, safer ‘low dead space’ syringes, NIHR-funded researchers from the University of Bristol have found.

Art exhibition by people with experience of eating disorders marks launch of new Bristol team

Art exhibition by people with experience of eating disorders marks launch of new Bristol team

An art exhibition at the Arnolfini featuring art by people with lived experience of eating disorders will mark the launch of a new Bristol based team, the Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (HIT).

Eating Disorders HIT hosts first research event

Eating Disorders HIT hosts first research event

The Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (HIT) hosted its first research event in July. The event brought together around 40 people, including people with lived experience of eating disorders, clinicians, NHS research and development staff, commissio...

New algorithm could help GPs reduce antibiotic use in children with coughs and RTIs

New algorithm could help GPs reduce antibiotic use in children with coughs and RTIs

Researchers have developed a technique that will help GPs identify which children with coughs and respiratory tract infections (RTIs) are most at risk of future hospitalisation.

PROactive collaboration aims to tackle chronic pain

PROactive collaboration aims to tackle chronic pain

PROactive is a new collaborative partnership between the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust (RUH). It brings together academics and clinicians from a range of different research groups...

InPsyte HIT video on patient experiences of cognitive behavioural therapy

InPsyte HIT video on patient experiences of cognitive behavioural therapy

The Psychological Therapies in Primary Care Health Integration Team (InPsyTe HIT) have produced a video which explores patient experiences of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

Dementia Health Integration Team survey of public attitudes paper published

Dementia Health Integration Team survey of public attitudes paper published

The Dementia Health Integration Team (HIT) have published their first paper as a HIT. The aim of the study was to carry out a survey of public attitudes toward people affected by dementia in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Psychosis on Screen challenges mental health preconceptions

Psychosis on Screen challenges mental health preconceptions

The Psychosis HIT launch, which included Psychosis on Screen, a series of three contemporary films depicting various experiences of psychosis at Watershed, brought together more than 300 people to challenge viewers’ preconceptions.

Health Integration Teams projects being taken forward by CLAHRC West

Health Integration Teams projects being taken forward by CLAHRC West

Six projects relating to the work of Bristol Health Partners Health Integration Teams (HITs) are being taken forward by NIHR CLAHRC West from their 2016 project call.

Achievements of the Active Older People HIT in 2015-16

Achievements of the Active Older People HIT in 2015-16

Professor Selena Gray and Dr Afroditi Stathi, Directors of the Active Older People Health Integration Team (APPHLE HIT) give an update on their work in 2015-16.

SHINE HIT 2015-16 review

SHINE HIT 2015-16 review

Dr Suzanne Audrey, Dr Adrian Davis and Marcus Grant, the Directors of the Supporting Healthy Inclusive Neighbourhood Environments Health Integration Team, give a round up of what happened in 2015-16.

2015-16 review of Sexual Health Improvement for Population and Patients HIT

2015-16 review of Sexual Health Improvement for Population and Patients HIT

Professor John Macleod looks back over the work of the Sexual Health Improvement for Population and Patients Health Integration Team during 2015-16.

Chronic Kidney Disease HIT successes in 2015-16

Chronic Kidney Disease HIT successes in 2015-16

Dr Udaya Udayaraj gives an update on the work of the Chronic Kidney Disease Health Integration Team over the last year.

Respiratory Infections HIT review of 2015-16

Respiratory Infections HIT review of 2015-16

An update on the work of the Respiratory Infections Health Integration Team during 2015-16 from Professor Alastair Hay.

What the Integrated Pain Management HIT has achieved in 2015-16

What the Integrated Pain Management HIT has achieved in 2015-16

Professor David Wynick gives an update on the work of the Integrated Pain Management Health Integration Team during 2015-16.

Are Bristolian and British attitudes to cycling on different trajectories?

Are Bristolian and British attitudes to cycling on different trajectories?

Dr Adrian Davis, Director of the Supporting Healthy Inclusive Neighbourhood Environments (SHINE) Health Integration Team, talks about the differences between Bristol and the rest of the country in terms of attitudes to cycling.

Bristol Bones and Joints review of the year: 2015-16

Bristol Bones and Joints review of the year: 2015-16

Directors Dr Emma Clark, Professor Ashley Blom and Professor Sarah Hewlett give an update on the 2014-15 activity of the Bristol Bones and Joints Health Integration Team (HIT).

Improving Perinatal Mental Health HIT review for 2015-16

Improving Perinatal Mental Health HIT review for 2015-16

Dr Jonathan Evans and Inge Shepherd, Directors of the Improving Perinatal Mental Health Health Integration Team (IMPROVE HIT), give an update on progress in 2015-16.

Psychological Therapies in Primary Care HIT review of 2015-16

Psychological Therapies in Primary Care HIT review of 2015-16

Dr Nicola Wiles and Dr David Kessler, Directors of the Psychological Therapies in Primary Care Health Integration Team (InPsyTe HIT), give an update on the HIT's work in 2015-16.

Parkinson's and Other Movement Disorders HIT review of 2015-16

Parkinson's and Other Movement Disorders HIT review of 2015-16

Dr Alan Whone, Director of the Parkinson's and Other Movement Disorders Health Integration Team (MOVE HIT), gives an update on the HIT's progress in 2015-16.

Bristol Walking Alliance puts best foot forward

Bristol Walking Alliance puts best foot forward

A new campaigning group that aims to make the walking environment in Bristol more welcoming, safe, convenient and inclusive launched at in 17 May. The Bristol Walking Alliance is a collective of organisations and individuals who believe that walking is a...

Psychosis Health Integration Team review of 2015-16

Psychosis Health Integration Team review of 2015-16

Psychosis Health Integration Team (HIT) Directors Dr Sarah Sullivan, Dr Simon Downer and Dr Martin Jones give an update on what they've achieved since being endorsed by the Bristol Health Partners Executive in October 2015.

Avoiding Hospital Admissions HIT review for 2015-16

Avoiding Hospital Admissions HIT review for 2015-16

Professor Sarah Purdy and Dr Peter Goyder, Directors of the Integration to Avoid Hospital Admissions Health Integration Team (ITHAcA HIT), gives an update on the HIT's activities in 2015-16.

Award wins for MOVE HIT's Lucy Mooney and Dr Alan Whone

Award wins for MOVE HIT's Lucy Mooney and Dr Alan Whone

Two members of the Parkinson's and Other Movement Disorders Health Integration Team (MOVE HIT) have recently been recognised for their achievements with two awards. Deputy Director Lucy Mooney has received the North Bristol NHS Trust’s annual Nursing Di...

Public Health England launches active travel report

Public Health England launches active travel report

Public Health England has published its first briefing for local authorities on active travel, which was co-authored by Adrian Davis, Director of the Supporting Healthy Inclusive Neighbourhood Environments Health Integration Team (SHINE HIT).

Retinal Outreach, Integration and Research HIT achieves its objectives

Retinal Outreach, Integration and Research HIT achieves its objectives

The Retinal Outreach, Integration and Research Health Integration Team (RENOIR HIT) which started in December 2012, has achieved the objectives it set out at its inception.

2015-16 review of the Early Years Health and Wellbeing HIT

2015-16 review of the Early Years Health and Wellbeing HIT

Dr Patricia Lucas and Dr Jo Williams, Directors of the Early Years Health and Wellbeing Health Integration Team (BoNEE HIT), give an update on the HIT's progress in 2015-16.

Improving Care in Self-Harm HIT review of 2015-16

Improving Care in Self-Harm HIT review of 2015-16

​Salena Williams, Director of the Improving Care in Self-Harm Health Integration Team (STITCH HIT) gives an update on the HIT's activities in 2015-16.

New research could help would-be A&E attendees

New research could help would-be A&E attendees

New research funded by the British Red Cross and carried out by UWE Bristol (the University of the West of England) and the University of Bristol aims to discover what information will help people know what to do and where to go when a person is unwell.

Bristol Immunisation Group review of 2015-16

Bristol Immunisation Group review of 2015-16

Professor Adam Finn, Dr Julie Yates and Dr Marion Roderick, Directors of the Bristol Immunisation Group Health Integration Team (HIT) give an update on the HIT's progress in 2015-16.

Review of 2015-16: Child Injury Health Integration Team

Review of 2015-16: Child Injury Health Integration Team

Dr Julie Mytton, Director of the Child Injury Health Integration Team (CIPIC HIT) gives an update of the HIT's activities in 2015-16.

Bristol Eye Hospital specialist treatment unit launched outside Morrisons, Cribbs Causeway

Bristol Eye Hospital specialist treatment unit launched outside Morrisons, Cribbs Causeway

More people are now able to access eye treatment closer to home, with the launch of a new specialist service based outside the Morrisons supermarket in Cribbs Causeway. The Mobile Retinal Treatment Unit gives patients from north Bristol with certain ey...

CIPIC's 'Making it happen: injury prevention and care' conference roundup

CIPIC's 'Making it happen: injury prevention and care' conference roundup

Dr Julie Mytton, Director of the Child Injury Health Integration Team (CIPIC HIT), talks about the team's 2016 conference which took place on 17 March.

Health care heroes honoured in Bristol Health and Care Awards

Health care heroes honoured in Bristol Health and Care Awards

Some of Bristol’s most hardworking and talented health workers were honoured at a sparkling awards ceremony on Thursday 10 March. The Bristol Post’s first ever Health and Care Awards, organised in partnership with Bristol Health Partners, were hosted by...

Bristol’s health experts come out in support of 20mph speed limits

Bristol’s health experts come out in support of 20mph speed limits

Bristol’s health and care community are showing their support for the city’s 20mph speed limits as the council debates the issue today (15 March). A public petition supporting the speed limits, which received more than 4,100 signatures from people in Bri...

Videos exploring antibiotic use for RTIs in children in primary care launched at TARGET event

Videos exploring antibiotic use for RTIs in children in primary care launched at TARGET event

Videos and other resources to help GPs and parents manage coughs and respiratory tract infections (RTIs) have been launched by the University of Bristol's Centre for Academic Primary Care (CAPC) at an antimicrobial stewardship event on 26 February in Lon...

Study finds low dead space syringes are acceptable to users

Study finds low dead space syringes are acceptable to users

The NIHR CLAHRC West project, in collaboration with the Addictions Health Integration Team, examining whether a new ‘low dead space’ syringe would be acceptable to people who inject drugs, has found that users support use of the new syringe.

Health Integration Teams well represented in Bristol Health and Care Awards shortlist

Health Integration Teams well represented in Bristol Health and Care Awards shortlist

Bristol Health Partners Health Integration Teams (HITs) are well represented in the shortlist for the inaugural Bristol Health and Care Awards. HITs are a pioneering way of working on health issues in Bristol.

Bristol researchers aim to improve the use of antibiotics in primary care

Bristol researchers aim to improve the use of antibiotics in primary care

New research led by Bristol NHS CCG and the University of Bristol, aimed at improving the quality of primary care for children with respiratory tract infections (RTIs) has been presented in London.

Joint Health Integration Team response to West of England joint spatial plan

Joint Health Integration Team response to West of England joint spatial plan

Bristol Health Partners Health Integration Teams (HITs) have made a joint response to the West of England's joint spatial plan consultation. In response to housing pressure in the Avon sub-region, the area’s four local authorities, Bristol, North Somer...

Researchers ask for public’s views on Bristol’s shared spaces

Researchers ask for public’s views on Bristol’s shared spaces

Researchers at the University of Bristol are asking people for their views about ‘shared space’ in the city. Pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and others are often expected to share routes or public spaces in order to get around in Bristol.

South Gloucestershire diabetes prevention project launched

South Gloucestershire diabetes prevention project launched

The Public Health and Wellbeing Division in South Gloucestershire Council is running a pilot project aimed at supporting people aged up to 75-years-old, at high risk of developing type-2 diabetes.

Pioneering study to help adults delay frailty and live independently for longer

Pioneering study to help adults delay frailty and live independently for longer

A major study, led by researchers from the Active Older People Health Integration Team (APPHLE HIT), has launched aiming to help older people stay fitter and live independently for longer.

North Bristol Trust opens Bristol Brain Centre

North Bristol Trust opens Bristol Brain Centre

The new Bristol Brain Centre at Southmead Hospital brings together North Bristol Trust's considerable expertise in neurological disorders under one roof, designed with the patient at its heart.

SHINE's healthy, inclusive neighbourhood checklist workshop

SHINE's healthy, inclusive neighbourhood checklist workshop

As part of Healthy City Week, the Supporting Healthy Inclusive Neighbourhood Environments Health Integration Team (SHINE HIT) held a workshop to contribute to the development of a healthy, inclusive neighbourhood checklist.

Bristol team to help in the fight against superbugs

Bristol team to help in the fight against superbugs

Researchers at the University of Bristol have received £1.5 million from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) for a trial looking at easing the pain of ear infections. This is part of a larger investment of over £15.8 million into research t...

Methadone increases death risk in first four weeks of treatment for opioid dependence

Methadone increases death risk in first four weeks of treatment for opioid dependence

Patients who start treatment for dependence on opioids are five times as likely to die in the first four weeks when they are prescribed the most commonly used treatment, methadone, than with an alternative treatment, buprenorphine, a study by researchers...

Helping people with rheumatoid arthritis manage their fatigue

Helping people with rheumatoid arthritis manage their fatigue

Research at UWE has led to a process of measuring fatigue in people with rheumatoid arthritis which has been adopted internationally in clinical trials, and informed interventions that have improved quality of life for people with rheumatoid arthritis.

University of the West of England (UWE Bristol)

Ground breaking Planning for Health & Wellbeing book

Ground breaking Planning for Health & Wellbeing book

A ground breaking new book, the Routledge Handbook of Planning for Health and Wellbeing, is launching on 2 July. Aimed at decision-makers in control of urban planning and transport policy, this handbook is co-authored by SHINE HIT's Marcus Grant.

Addictions HIT review of 2014-15

Addictions HIT review of 2014-15

Professor Matt Hickman, Barbara Coleman and Dr Tim Williams, Directors of the Addictions Health Integration Team (HIT), give an update on their work in 2014-15.

Sexual Health Improvement for Population and Patients HIT review of 2014-15

Sexual Health Improvement for Population and Patients HIT review of 2014-15

Professor John Macleod, Director of the Sexual Health Improvement for Population and Patients Health Integration Team (SHIPP HIT), gives an update on their work in 2014-15.

Active Older People HIT review of 2014-15

Active Older People HIT review of 2014-15

Professor Selena Gray and Dr Afroditi Stathi, Directors of the Active Older People Health Integration Team (APPHLE HIT) give an update on their work in 2014-15.

Psychological Therapies in Primary Care HIT review of 2014-15

Psychological Therapies in Primary Care HIT review of 2014-15

Dr Nicola Wiles and Dr David Kessler, Directors of the Psychological Therapies in Primary Care Health Integration Team (InPsyTe HIT), give an update on the HIT's work in 2014-15.

Retinal Conditions Health Integration Team review of 2014-15

Retinal Conditions Health Integration Team review of 2014-15

Professor Andrew Dick and Dr Clare Bailey, Directors of the Retinal Conditions Health Integration Team (RENOIR HIT) give an update on the HIT's work in 2014-15.

Parkinson's and Other Movement Disorders HIT review of 2014-15

Parkinson's and Other Movement Disorders HIT review of 2014-15

Dr Alan Whone, Director of the Parkinson's and Other Movement Disorders Health Integration Team (MOVE HIT), gives an update on the HIT's progress in 2014-15.

Avoiding Hospital Admissions HIT review of 2014-15

Avoiding Hospital Admissions HIT review of 2014-15

Professor Sarah Purdy, Director of the Integration to Avoid Hospital Admissions Health Integration Team (ITHAcA HIT), gives an update on the HIT's activities in 2014-15.

Bristol Immunisation Group review of 2014-15

Bristol Immunisation Group review of 2014-15

Professor Adam Finn, Dr Julie Yates and Dr Marion Roderick, Directors of the Bristol Immunisation Group Health Integration Team (HIT) give an update on the HIT's progress in 2014-15.

Bristol Bones and Joints Health Integration Team review of 2014-15

Bristol Bones and Joints Health Integration Team review of 2014-15

Directors Dr Emma Clark, Professor Ashley Blom and Professor Sarah Hewlett give an update on the 2014-15 activity of the Bristol Bones and Joints Health Integration Team (HIT).

Dementia Health Integration Team review of 2014-15

Dementia Health Integration Team review of 2014-15

Dr Elizabeth Coulthard, Director of the Dementia Health Integration Team (HIT), gives an update on the HIT's activities in 2014-15.

Respiratory Infections Health Integration Team review of 2014-15

Respiratory Infections Health Integration Team review of 2014-15

Professor Alastair Hay, Director of the Respiratory Infections Health Integration Team (RuBICoN HIT), gives an update on the HIT's activities in 2014-15.

Child Injury Health Integration Team review of 2014-15

Child Injury Health Integration Team review of 2014-15

Dr Julie Mytton, Director of the Child Injury Health Integration Team (CIPIC HIT) gives an update of the HIT's activities in 2014-15.

Integrated Pain Management Health Integration Team review of 2014-15

Integrated Pain Management Health Integration Team review of 2014-15

Professor David Wynick, Director of the Integrated Pain Management Health Integration Team (HIT), gives an update on the HIT's activities in 2014-15.

Improving Care in Self-Harm HIT review of 2014-15

Improving Care in Self-Harm HIT review of 2014-15

Salena Williams, Director of the Improving Care in Self-Harm Health Integration Team (STITCH HIT) gives an update on the HIT's activities in 2014-15.

Support and compliance study of 20mph speed limits

Support and compliance study of 20mph speed limits

Drivers' attitudes to 20mph speed limits don't necessarily reflect their actual behaviour, with some supporters speeding, while some opponents comply, a study finds.

Bristol's Traffic Choices tool adopted by others

Bristol's Traffic Choices tool adopted by others

Bristol City Council's Traffic Choices website helps people living in local neighbourhoods make informed decisions about what traffic schemes could work in their area. A local version of the site is now being adopted by Somerset County Council, with othe...

NIHR CLAHRC West research projects announced

NIHR CLAHRC West research projects announced

The National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West (NIHR CLAHRC West) has announced the first round of research projects that it will be working on in the first part of 2015.

University of Bristol: world-leading with global impact

University of Bristol: world-leading with global impact

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 has ranked the University of Bristol among the UK’s top research universities. Their research is shown to have top quality and major impact on society and the economy, according to this assessment of research...

Developments in treatment for premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Developments in treatment for premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Low doses of fluoxetine – better known as the anti-depressant Prozac – could hold the key to preventing PMS symptoms, an international team of researchers has found.

Research reveals clues to dementia and Parkinson's

Research reveals clues to dementia and Parkinson's

Researchers based in Bristol and London have uncovered a link between Lewy body diseases like Parkinson’s and the brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s. The findings could help to explain the close relationship between Parkinson’s, more commonly know...

UWE's world-leading research increases by 170 per cent

UWE's world-leading research increases by 170 per cent

The volume of world-leading research at UWE Bristol (the University of the West of England, Bristol) has gone up by 170 per cent, according to the results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 out today.

Make It - full round-up of the event and projects

Make It - full round-up of the event and projects

Building on the innovation discussion held in September, an innovative Make It weekend, held on 14-16 November, brought together health and care service providers, service users, designers, artists and developers to work on projects to improve health and...

NIHR CLAHRC West launched by Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies

NIHR CLAHRC West launched by Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies

Professor Dame Sally C Davies, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Health, visited Bristol on 26 November to launch the National Institute of Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and...

Dementia groups shake up following commissioning of new services

Dementia groups shake up following commissioning of new services

Commissioners have proposed that the Dementia Health Integration Team (HIT) subsumes the Joint Dementia Board, and therefore is now the strategic group overseeing the delivery of the dementia strategy and HIT workstreams in Bristol and South Gloucestersh...

GPC prescribing investigation following STITCH call

GPC prescribing investigation following STITCH call

The General Practitioners Committee (GPC) of the British Medical Association is undertaking an investigation into prescribing, following the Improving Care in Self-Harm Health Integration Team (STITCH HIT) called for medicines that are lethal in overdose...

Value for money assessment of walking and cycling

Value for money assessment of walking and cycling

SHINE HIT director Adrian Davis has assessed the economic value of walking and cycling interventions in the UK. This work was commissioned by the Department for Transport.

BoNEE official launch sees children exploring health

BoNEE official launch sees children exploring health

On 6 November the Bristol Network for Early Years Health and Wellbeing HIT officially launches with an exhibition of children's art exploring health.

Improving the health and wellbeing of young Bristolians

Improving the health and wellbeing of young Bristolians

A new project to improve the health of children across Bristol gets underway this month as experts from across the city join forces to tackle the inequalities faced by 20,000 youngsters living in poverty.

Sexual Health Improvement for Population and Patients HIT review of 2013-14

Sexual Health Improvement for Population and Patients HIT review of 2013-14

Professor John Macleod looks back at the work of the Sexual Health Improvement for Population and Patients Health Integration Team (SHIPP HIT) during 2013-14.

Bristol Bones and Joints review 2013-14

Bristol Bones and Joints review 2013-14

Dr Emma Clark, Professor Ashley Blom and Professor Sarah Hewlett reflect on the Bristol Bones and Joints Health Integration Team's (HIT) work in 2013-14.

Child Injury HIT review 2013-14

Child Injury HIT review 2013-14

Dr Julie Mytton, Director of the Child Injury Health Integration Team (CIPIC HIT) reflects on the team's achievements in 2013-14.

Improving Care in Self-Harm HIT review of 2013-14

Improving Care in Self-Harm HIT review of 2013-14

Salena Williams, Director of the Improving Care in Self-Harm Health Integration Team (STITCH HIT), looks back at the team's work in 2013-14.

Early Years Health and Wellbeing HIT review of 2013-14

Early Years Health and Wellbeing HIT review of 2013-14

​Dr Patricia Lucas reflects on the Bristol Network for Equality in Early Years Health and Wellbeing (BoNEE) Health Integration Team's first year.

Dementia HIT review 2013-14

Dementia HIT review 2013-14

​Dr Elizabeth Coulthard, Director of the Dementia Health Integration Team, looks back at what the team has achieved in 2013-14.

Avoiding Hospital Admissions HIT review of 2013-14

Avoiding Hospital Admissions HIT review of 2013-14

Professor Sarah Purdy reviews the 2013-14 work of the Avoiding Hospital Admissions Health Integration Team (ITHAcA HIT).​...

Respiratory Infections Health Integration Team review of 2013-14

Respiratory Infections Health Integration Team review of 2013-14

Professor Alastair Hay reflects on the achievements of the Respiratory Infections Health Integration Team (HIT) during 2013-14.

Retinal Conditions Health Integration Team review of 2013-14

Retinal Conditions Health Integration Team review of 2013-14

Professor Andrew Dick looks back over 2013-14 at the work of the Retinal Outreach, Integration and Research Health Integration Team (RENOIR HIT).

Parkinson's and Other Movement Disorders HIT review of 2013-14

Parkinson's and Other Movement Disorders HIT review of 2013-14

Dr Alan Whone reflects on the achievements of the Parkinson's and Other Movement Disorders Health Integration Team (HIT) during 2013-14.

STITCH HIT's Salena Williams on BBC Radio Bristol

STITCH HIT's Salena Williams on BBC Radio Bristol

Director of the Improving Care in Self-Harm Health Integration Team (STITCH HIT), Salena Williams appeared on BBC Radio Bristol on Saturday 5 July, talking about the new extended Liaison Psychiatry service at the city's A&E departments.

Kerry McCarthy raises STITCH's work in Parliament

Kerry McCarthy raises STITCH's work in Parliament

Kerry McCarthy, MP for Bristol East, has raised STITCH HIT's recommendation to allow prescriptions to be dispensed in instalments for at risk patients, in Parliament.

New rapid access clinic for bronchiectasis patients

New rapid access clinic for bronchiectasis patients

As part of the work of the Respiratory Infections HIT, the 'hot' clinic at North Bristol NHS Trust is being extended to provide a rapid access clinic for bronchiectasis patients.

STITCH HIT shortlisted for Patient Safety and Care Awards

STITCH HIT shortlisted for Patient Safety and Care Awards

The Improving Care in Self-Harm Health Integration Team (STITCH HIT) has been shortlisted in the Mental Health category of the 2014 Patient Safety & Care Awards.

Anatomy of a green capital exhibition

Anatomy of a green capital exhibition

The Architecture Centre is showing an exhibition called Living City: the anatomy of a green capital from 14 May, as well as running a related season of events.

New drug offers hope for devastating childhood disease

New drug offers hope for devastating childhood disease

A powerful new drug which could relieve the symptoms of devastating childhood disease Rett syndrome is on the horizon thanks to a funding injection of £180,000 for University of Bristol scientists.

UHBristol celebrates its research at annual symposium

UHBristol celebrates its research at annual symposium

On 24 March UHBristol held its annual research symposium, showcasing the Trust's research work, including presentations from three UHBristol led Health Integration Teams.

AWP launches Everyone Included research scheme

AWP launches Everyone Included research scheme

All Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust service users now have the chance to decide for themselves about receiving information about relevant research opportunities through the Everyone Included scheme.

1,000th paper for Children of the 90s

1,000th paper for Children of the 90s

One of the world’s largest population studies, which collects vast amounts of data from 32,000 participants to give new insights into our health, is today celebrating an important landmark in its acclaimed research history. Children of the 90s is based a...

Lifesaving meningitis vaccination gets green light

Lifesaving meningitis vaccination gets green light

The Department of Health has announced that it is working towards introducing a life-saving vaccine for Meningitis B into the childhood immunisation programme.

Public toilets to remain open in Bristol

Public toilets to remain open in Bristol

Bristol City Council will not be closing Bristol's public toilets. The proposal to close them was part of budget consultations, to which SHINE HIT responded with a summary of the public health implications.

RuBICoN HIT's Alastair Hay on R4's Inside Health

RuBICoN HIT's Alastair Hay on R4's Inside Health

University of Bristol's Professor of Primary Care and Respiratory Infections HIT Director Alastair Hay appeared on Radio 4's Inside Health on 19 February talking about coughs and antibiotic prescribing.

Memory Research Register goes live

Memory Research Register goes live

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust's Research and Development team have launched the Memory Research Register (MRR). The register helps people with memory problems and their carers to take part in research.

Round-up of UWE dementia conference

Round-up of UWE dementia conference

The University of the West of England, Bristol Alzheimer’s Society and the South-West Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network ran a Dementia Awareness week last week. This included a half-day dementia research conference.

SHINE responds to closure of Bristol's public toilets

SHINE responds to closure of Bristol's public toilets

The Healthy Neighbourhood Environments (SHINE) HIT responds to the council's budget consultation and proposals to close many of Bristol's public toilets.

Improving the A&E experience of self-harm patients

Improving the A&E experience of self-harm patients

The Improving Care in Self-Harm (STITCH) Health Integration Team held a ground-breaking 'shared voices' conference in October where Bristol Royal Infirmary Emergency Department (ED) staff and self-harm patients came together for the first time.

Self-Harm HIT's Salena Williams on Woman's Hour

Self-Harm HIT's Salena Williams on Woman's Hour

Improving Care in Self-Harm HIT Director Salena Williams appeared on Radio 4's Woman's Hour on 29 November, talking about her work on improving the experience of self-harm patients in A&E.

Dementia HIT runs attitudes to dementia survey

Dementia HIT runs attitudes to dementia survey

The Dementia Health Integration Team is running an attitudes to dementia survey throughout October. The online questionnaire is open to everyone.

SHINE aims to make it easy to stay healthy in Bristol

SHINE aims to make it easy to stay healthy in Bristol

The Supporting Healthy Inclusive Neighbourhood Environments Health Integration Team (SHINE HIT) launched on Thursday 26 September. Chairing the event, Angela Raffle explained: “We want to make Bristol a place where it’s easy to stay healthy.”...

Child Injury HIT aims to set national standard

Child Injury HIT aims to set national standard

The Child Injury Health Integration Team (CIPIC HIT) launched on Monday 2 September with a bold statement of intent to position Bristol at the forefront of child injury prevention and care. Julie Mytton, Co-ordinating Director of CIPIC, said during her o...

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