Dementia Health Integration Team (HIT)

The Dementia Health Integration Team (HIT) is a team of professionals who are all working together to transform care for people affected by dementia through comprehensive research, integrating and improving care services and support, and by creating dementia-friendly communities.

Dementia care is a national and local priority. The number of people with dementia is growing due to an ageing population: 2,160 people in Bristol have been diagnosed with the condition, but historically low diagnosis rates mean the real number is estimated at 4,500. The number of dementia patients in Bristol is expected to increase by 23 per cent over the next two decades

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Public health and community-based support initiatives: the work of Health Integration Teams (HITs)

Public health and community-based support initiatives: the work of Health Integration Teams (HITs)

14 January 2019

Bristol Health Partners Health Integration Teams (HITs) address pressing health challenges to improve health outcomes across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG). HITs bring together health and care professionals, patients, members of...

People needed to share their experience of dementia or memory problems

People needed to share their experience of dementia or memory problems

24 October 2018

Do you have experience of dementia or memory problems? Researchers from the University of Bristol and North Bristol NHS Trust are looking for patients or carers over the age of 45 to join a memory patient group to help further research into the disease.

HITs with a focus on healthy, safe environments get together for a networking breakfast

HITs with a focus on healthy, safe environments get together for a networking breakfast

12 October 2018

On Wednesday 3 October, Health Integration Teams (HITs) with a focus on healthy, safe environments got together for a networking breakfast at Lifeskills at the CREATE Centre in South Bristol.

GPs learn about barriers to dementia diagnosis in BME communities

GPs learn about barriers to dementia diagnosis in BME communities

28 September 2018

GPs and other staff from six Bristol surgeries had a real eye-opener on the varying ways in which patients from different ethnic minorities may talk about dementia, in a series of information sessions led by the University of the West of England.

New study on public attitudes to dementia launches survey

New study on public attitudes to dementia launches survey

5 September 2018

A new research survey has been launched that will take a snapshot of public attitudes to dementia. Led by researchers at the University of West of England, the survey is supported by the Dementia Health Integration Team.

Health Integration Teams attract nearly £4.7 million in 2017-18

Health Integration Teams attract nearly £4.7 million in 2017-18

15 June 2018

Bristol Health Partners Health Integration Teams (HITs) have attracted nearly £4.7 million in funding to the local health system in 2017-18.

Successes of the Dementia HIT in 2017-18

Successes of the Dementia HIT in 2017-18

22 May 2018

Sue Wensley, Elizabeth Coulthard and Emma Moody, outgoing Directors of the Dementia Health Integration Team (HIT), reflect on the team's work and successes in 2017-18.

Dementia HIT Research Showcase explores sleep, citizenship and emergency care

Dementia HIT Research Showcase explores sleep, citizenship and emergency care

20 April 2018

Sleep and dementia, emergency care, and notions of citizenship were among the highlights of the Dementia HIT Research Showcase 2018 held at BAWA on 19 April 2018.

How to get involved in dementia research - new video from the Dementia HIT

How to get involved in dementia research - new video from the Dementia HIT

29 January 2018

A new video from the Dementia Health Integration Team (HIT) showcases opportunities for people to get involved in dementia research, both locally and nationally.

Joint Spatial Plan must address public health issues, Bristol Health Partners urges

Joint Spatial Plan must address public health issues, Bristol Health Partners urges

17 January 2018

The Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) is a rare opportunity to plan for a healthier future for the West of England, but Bristol Health Partners believes that the latest version of the plan doesn’t address public health issues strongly enough.

Real Life with Dementia training wins national award

Real Life with Dementia training wins national award

8 December 2017

A dementia training course for carers in South Gloucestershire, known as Real Life with Dementia, has won the National Dementia Care Award 2017 for Best Dementia Training Initiative.

The winners of the Bristol Health and Care Awards 2017

The winners of the Bristol Health and Care Awards 2017

31 October 2017

The city’s heroes of healthcare were recognised at a sparkling event hosted by the Bristol Post on Wednesday 25 October 2017.

Ground-breaking foreign-language films about dementia launched by Bristol-based partnership

Ground-breaking foreign-language films about dementia launched by Bristol-based partnership

2 August 2017

A Bristol-based partnership has launched an innovative series of short films in six different languages giving information about dementia and relevant support services in the city.

More participants needed to complete UK-led Alzheimer’s disease drug trial

More participants needed to complete UK-led Alzheimer’s disease drug trial

17 July 2017

People with Alzheimer’s disease are already helping with a ground-breaking government-funded trial led by academics from the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge, Queen’s University Belfast and University College London, and hosted by North Bristol NHS Tru...

Successes of the Dementia HIT in 2016-17

Successes of the Dementia HIT in 2016-17

8 May 2017

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.

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.

Department of Health launches dementia survey

Department of Health launches dementia survey

4 December 2016

The Department of Health have launched a ‘Dementia: care, support and awareness’ survey.

Listen out for HITs on Bristol Community Radio

Listen out for HITs on Bristol Community Radio

23 November 2016

Bristol Health Partners and our Health Integration Teams will be the focus of a special edition of Healthwatch's monthly Bristol Community Radio (BCFM) wellbeing show on 13 December.

Dementia Care Inspiring Leader award for Lesley Hobbs

Dementia Care Inspiring Leader award for Lesley Hobbs

10 November 2016

Lesely Hobbs, Manager at Deerhurst care home in Soundwell, Bristol has won the Dementia Care Inspiring Leader award at the seventh National Dementia Care Awards 2016.

Alzheimer's and dementia cafés in Bristol

Alzheimer's and dementia cafés in Bristol

26 August 2016

These dementia and Alzheimer's cafes in north and south Bristol provide a relaxed and safe space in which issues surrounding dementia can be aired in a friendly and informal environment.

Dementia Health Integration Team survey of public attitudes paper published

Dementia Health Integration Team survey of public attitudes paper published

28 July 2016

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.

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.

Project to create dementia friendly swimming activites

Project to create dementia friendly swimming activites

30 June 2016

A project to create dementia friendly swimming is available at quieter times in the Easton and Hengrove pools.

Active Together for Dementia is looking for volunteers

Active Together for Dementia is looking for volunteers

30 June 2016

Would you like to spend time volunteering with someone with dementia who shares your interests? Walk, Swim, Dance, Chat, Watch, Listen Let's do it together!...

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...

Bristol research highlights in 2015-16

Bristol research highlights in 2015-16

15 June 2016

2015-16 saw the opening of the Bristol Brain Centre, bringing Bristol’s considerable strengths in neurological disorders together under one roof, and a new personalised assisted living facility at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. A Genomic Medicine Cen...

South Gloucestershire dementia, carers and falls consultation open

South Gloucestershire dementia, carers and falls consultation open

7 June 2016

Three important strategies on dementia, carers and preventing falls in South Gloucestershire are open for consultation until 22 August.

Dementia HIT success in 2015-16

Dementia HIT success in 2015-16

31 May 2016

Dr Liz Coulthard, Director of the Dementia Health Integration Team (HIT), reflects on the team's work and successes in 2015-16.

Dementia and the importance of relationships

Dementia and the importance of relationships

19 May 2016

To mark Dementia Awareness Week, Dr Jude Hancock, co-ordinator of the Dementia Health Integration Team (HIT) talks about how important relationships are for people with dementia.

Ways to live well with dementia highlighted during awareness week

Ways to live well with dementia highlighted during awareness week

13 May 2016

Bristol City Council is shining a light on living well with dementia during the national awareness week (16 – 22 May) organised by the Alzheimer’s society.

Health care heroes honoured in Bristol Health and Care Awards

Health care heroes honoured in Bristol Health and Care Awards

15 March 2016

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

15 March 2016

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...

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

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

4 March 2016

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.

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

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

17 February 2016

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...

West leads the way in Join Dementia Research registrations

West leads the way in Join Dementia Research registrations

20 January 2016

A tour bus promoting ‘Join dementia research’ proved such a hit with shoppers in the West of England before Christmas that the region has now taken the number one slot for the highest number of local registrations to the service in the country.

North Bristol Trust opens Bristol Brain Centre

North Bristol Trust opens Bristol Brain Centre

26 November 2015

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.

Bristol Health Partners at the NHS Innovation Expo

Bristol Health Partners at the NHS Innovation Expo

22 September 2015

Bristol Health Partners had a stand and ran a prestigious pop-up university session at this year's NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo, which took place in Manchester on 2-3 September.

Dementia research boosted by surge in volunteers

Dementia research boosted by surge in volunteers

26 August 2015

Ambition to find a cure for dementia has been boosted by the surge of people volunteering to take part in dementia research.

Dementia Health Integration Team review of 2014-15

Dementia Health Integration Team review of 2014-15

10 May 2015

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

Dementia study days

Dementia study days

20 February 2015

A series of six dementia study days is being held from 20 March until 19 June 2015. The study days reflect an essential paradox within dementia care – that although dementia is an illness, it is only by being able to understand dementia from the 'inside...

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.

Dementia groups shake up following commissioning of new services

Dementia groups shake up following commissioning of new services

11 December 2014

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...

Dementia HIT review 2013-14

Dementia HIT review 2013-14

20 August 2014

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

Memory Research Register goes live

Memory Research Register goes live

4 February 2014

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

16 December 2013

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.

Focus on the Dementia Health Integration Team

Focus on the Dementia Health Integration Team

5 December 2013

Dementia is a national and local priority, and the Dementia Health Integration Team are working hard to transform care for people affected by dementia through comprehensive research, integrating and improving care services, and by creating dementia-frien...

Dementia HIT runs attitudes to dementia survey

Dementia HIT runs attitudes to dementia survey

1 October 2013

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

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