Avoiding Hospital Admissions Health Integration Team (ITHAcA HIT)

The Avoiding Hospital Admissions Health Integration Team (ITHAcA HIT) aims to reduce avoidable hospital admissions across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. ITHAcA is a partnership between the acute NHS trusts, two universities, clinical commissioning groups (Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire) and the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP). Collaboration across these organisations is vital if a successful reduction of avoidable admissions is to be achieved, and ITHAcA provides a vehicle through which such discussions and partnerships can occur.

Latest news and events

Avoiding Hospital Admissions HIT achievements for 2016-17

Avoiding Hospital Admissions HIT achievements for 2016-17

16 May 2017

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.

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

27 March 2017

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.

Risk of hospital admissions could be reduced with better general practice strategies

Risk of hospital admissions could be reduced with better general practice strategies

25 October 2016

Hospital admission rates are 55 per cent higher in some areas than in others because of a greater prevalence of conditions such as diabetes, alcoholism, dementia and socioeconomic deprivation.

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.

Hospital-at-home is a safe alternative to hospital admission for elderly patients

Hospital-at-home is a safe alternative to hospital admission for elderly patients

29 June 2016

When considering admitting patients over the age of 65 for acute hospital care, alternatives such as hospital at home, admission to a local community hospital or extended stays and treatment in A&E are a viable option say NIHR-funded researchers from the...

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...

Avoiding Hospital Admissions HIT review for 2015-16

Avoiding Hospital Admissions HIT review for 2015-16

16 May 2016

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.

New research could help would-be A&E attendees

New research could help would-be A&E attendees

9 May 2016

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.

Healthy cities explored at Festival of the Future City

Healthy cities explored at Festival of the Future City

26 November 2015

On 17 November, 250 members of the public and 24 speakers came together to explore what makes a city healthy, as part of the health strand of the Festival of the Future City.

Dr Peter Goyder becomes ITHAcA HIT new Co-Director

Dr Peter Goyder becomes ITHAcA HIT new Co-Director

16 November 2015

Dr Peter Goyder, Urgent Care Clinical Lead at Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group, has been appointed as the new Co-Director of ITHAcA HIT. Peter will be working alongside Sarah Purdy, the current ITHAcA HIT Director.

Avoiding Hospital Admissions HIT review of 2014-15

Avoiding Hospital Admissions HIT review of 2014-15

15 May 2015

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.

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 ITHAcA HIT

Focus on ITHAcA HIT

25 September 2014

The Avoiding Hospital Admissions Health Integration Team (ITHAcA HIT) aims to reduce avoidable hospital admissions across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. Avoiding unnecessary use of emergency hospital services is one of the biggest cha...

Avoiding Hospital Admissions HIT review of 2013-14

Avoiding Hospital Admissions HIT review of 2013-14

12 August 2014

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

Seeing same GP reduces emergency department attendance

Seeing same GP reduces emergency department attendance

27 April 2014

Attendances at emergency departments can be reduced by enabling patients to see the same GP every time they visit their doctor’s surgery. This is just one of several recommendations made in a report led by researchers at the University of Bristol.

HIT seminar is a hit for APCRC

HIT seminar is a hit for APCRC

25 November 2013

The Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative (APCRC) seminar on Bristol Health Partners and our Health Integration Teams (HITs) on 19 November proved very popular, with more people than were registered turning up on the day.

Avoiding Hospital Admissions Health Integration Team (ITHAcA HIT)

The Avoiding Hospital Admissions Health Integration Team (ITHAcA HIT) aims to reduce avoidable hospital admissions across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. ITHAcA is a partnership between the acute NHS trusts, two universities, clinical commissioning groups (Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire) and the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP). Collaboration across these organisations is vital if a successful reduction of avoidable admissions is to be achieved, and ITHAcA provides a vehicle through which such discussions and partnerships can occur.

Latest news and events

Avoiding Hospital Admissions HIT achievements for 2016-17

Avoiding Hospital Admissions HIT achievements for 2016-17

16 May 2017

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.

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

27 March 2017

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.

Risk of hospital admissions could be reduced with better general practice strategies

Risk of hospital admissions could be reduced with better general practice strategies

25 October 2016

Hospital admission rates are 55 per cent higher in some areas than in others because of a greater prevalence of conditions such as diabetes, alcoholism, dementia and socioeconomic deprivation.

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.

Hospital-at-home is a safe alternative to hospital admission for elderly patients

Hospital-at-home is a safe alternative to hospital admission for elderly patients

29 June 2016

When considering admitting patients over the age of 65 for acute hospital care, alternatives such as hospital at home, admission to a local community hospital or extended stays and treatment in A&E are a viable option say NIHR-funded researchers from the...

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...

Avoiding Hospital Admissions HIT review for 2015-16

Avoiding Hospital Admissions HIT review for 2015-16

16 May 2016

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.

New research could help would-be A&E attendees

New research could help would-be A&E attendees

9 May 2016

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.

Healthy cities explored at Festival of the Future City

Healthy cities explored at Festival of the Future City

26 November 2015

On 17 November, 250 members of the public and 24 speakers came together to explore what makes a city healthy, as part of the health strand of the Festival of the Future City.

Dr Peter Goyder becomes ITHAcA HIT new Co-Director

Dr Peter Goyder becomes ITHAcA HIT new Co-Director

16 November 2015

Dr Peter Goyder, Urgent Care Clinical Lead at Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group, has been appointed as the new Co-Director of ITHAcA HIT. Peter will be working alongside Sarah Purdy, the current ITHAcA HIT Director.

Avoiding Hospital Admissions HIT review of 2014-15

Avoiding Hospital Admissions HIT review of 2014-15

15 May 2015

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.

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 ITHAcA HIT

Focus on ITHAcA HIT

25 September 2014

The Avoiding Hospital Admissions Health Integration Team (ITHAcA HIT) aims to reduce avoidable hospital admissions across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. Avoiding unnecessary use of emergency hospital services is one of the biggest cha...

Avoiding Hospital Admissions HIT review of 2013-14

Avoiding Hospital Admissions HIT review of 2013-14

12 August 2014

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

Seeing same GP reduces emergency department attendance

Seeing same GP reduces emergency department attendance

27 April 2014

Attendances at emergency departments can be reduced by enabling patients to see the same GP every time they visit their doctor’s surgery. This is just one of several recommendations made in a report led by researchers at the University of Bristol.

HIT seminar is a hit for APCRC

HIT seminar is a hit for APCRC

25 November 2013

The Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative (APCRC) seminar on Bristol Health Partners and our Health Integration Teams (HITs) on 19 November proved very popular, with more people than were registered turning up on the day.

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