Drug and Alcohol Health Integration Team

The Drug and Alcohol Health Integration Team (HIT) is a team of public health experts, academics, doctors and other professionals, working together to reduce the harm caused by excessive alcohol use and substance misuse.

Excessive alcohol use is the third leading risk factor for morbidity in Western Europe. Liver disease is the fifth most common cause of death in the UK and is on the increase, primarily caused by excessive drinking and hepatitis C (HCV). Over 85 per cent of HCV in the UK is due to injecting drug use, and opiate-related deaths are a major contributor to premature mortality.

Latest news and events

HITs bring more than £7m in funding to the region in last nine months

HITs bring more than £7m in funding to the region in last nine months

27 March 2017

Health Integration Teams (HITs) have brought £7,328,208 of funding to the region since July 2016. Some of these awards are for research, while others are for service innovation.

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

26 October 2016

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

Healthwatch Bristol publishes guide for public involvement in mental health services

Healthwatch Bristol publishes guide for public involvement in mental health services

9 September 2016

Healthwatch Bristol has published a guide for patients and the public, to help them find out how they can make their voices heard on local mental health services.

Health Integration Teams projects being taken forward by CLAHRC West

Health Integration Teams projects being taken forward by CLAHRC West

11 July 2016

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.

Health Integration Team model evaluation paper published

Health Integration Team model evaluation paper published

1 July 2016

The results of NIHR CLAHRC West's preliminary evaluation of the ‘Health Integration Team’ model have been published in BMC Health Services Research.

Our 2015-16 annual review is out now

Our 2015-16 annual review is out now

27 June 2016

Our 2015-16 annual review was launched at our annual Health Integration Team (HIT) conference on 17 June. The Bristol Health Partners annual review showcases the work of the partnership and includes updates from most of our 20 HITs and a round-up of the...

Could hepatitis C treatments help prevent virus transmission?

Could hepatitis C treatments help prevent virus transmission?

18 May 2016

An international team of researchers has shed light on the potential impact of new drugs for hepatitis C virus (HCV). HCV is an important cause of liver cancer and is transmitted through blood to blood contact.

Study finds low dead space syringes are acceptable to users

Study finds low dead space syringes are acceptable to users

8 March 2016

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.

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

16 September 2015

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...

Addictions HIT review of 2014-15

Addictions HIT review of 2014-15

27 May 2015

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.

NIHR CLAHRC West research projects announced

NIHR CLAHRC West research projects announced

29 January 2015

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.

Focus on the Addictions Health Integration Team

Focus on the Addictions Health Integration Team

10 December 2014

At the time of year where many of us will be feeling the effects of over indulgence, the work of the Addictions Health Integration Team (HIT), which focuses on reducing the harm of excessive alcohol and substance misuse, feels especially relevant.

Addictions HIT to look at alcohol and substance misuse

Addictions HIT to look at alcohol and substance misuse

7 May 2014

A new Health Integration Team (HIT) looking at the treatment, management and prevention of alcohol and substance misuse has been given the green light by the Bristol Health Partners Executive Group.

Drug and Alcohol Health Integration Team

The Drug and Alcohol Health Integration Team (HIT) is a team of public health experts, academics, doctors and other professionals, working together to reduce the harm caused by excessive alcohol use and substance misuse.

Excessive alcohol use is the third leading risk factor for morbidity in Western Europe. Liver disease is the fifth most common cause of death in the UK and is on the increase, primarily caused by excessive drinking and hepatitis C (HCV). Over 85 per cent of HCV in the UK is due to injecting drug use, and opiate-related deaths are a major contributor to premature mortality.

Latest news and events

HITs bring more than £7m in funding to the region in last nine months

HITs bring more than £7m in funding to the region in last nine months

27 March 2017

Health Integration Teams (HITs) have brought £7,328,208 of funding to the region since July 2016. Some of these awards are for research, while others are for service innovation.

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

26 October 2016

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

Healthwatch Bristol publishes guide for public involvement in mental health services

Healthwatch Bristol publishes guide for public involvement in mental health services

9 September 2016

Healthwatch Bristol has published a guide for patients and the public, to help them find out how they can make their voices heard on local mental health services.

Health Integration Teams projects being taken forward by CLAHRC West

Health Integration Teams projects being taken forward by CLAHRC West

11 July 2016

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.

Health Integration Team model evaluation paper published

Health Integration Team model evaluation paper published

1 July 2016

The results of NIHR CLAHRC West's preliminary evaluation of the ‘Health Integration Team’ model have been published in BMC Health Services Research.

Our 2015-16 annual review is out now

Our 2015-16 annual review is out now

27 June 2016

Our 2015-16 annual review was launched at our annual Health Integration Team (HIT) conference on 17 June. The Bristol Health Partners annual review showcases the work of the partnership and includes updates from most of our 20 HITs and a round-up of the...

Could hepatitis C treatments help prevent virus transmission?

Could hepatitis C treatments help prevent virus transmission?

18 May 2016

An international team of researchers has shed light on the potential impact of new drugs for hepatitis C virus (HCV). HCV is an important cause of liver cancer and is transmitted through blood to blood contact.

Study finds low dead space syringes are acceptable to users

Study finds low dead space syringes are acceptable to users

8 March 2016

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.

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

16 September 2015

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...

Addictions HIT review of 2014-15

Addictions HIT review of 2014-15

27 May 2015

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.

NIHR CLAHRC West research projects announced

NIHR CLAHRC West research projects announced

29 January 2015

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.

Focus on the Addictions Health Integration Team

Focus on the Addictions Health Integration Team

10 December 2014

At the time of year where many of us will be feeling the effects of over indulgence, the work of the Addictions Health Integration Team (HIT), which focuses on reducing the harm of excessive alcohol and substance misuse, feels especially relevant.

Addictions HIT to look at alcohol and substance misuse

Addictions HIT to look at alcohol and substance misuse

7 May 2014

A new Health Integration Team (HIT) looking at the treatment, management and prevention of alcohol and substance misuse has been given the green light by the Bristol Health Partners Executive Group.

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