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

£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...

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.

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...

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...

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.

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 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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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