Annual Review 2021-22: Service delivery funding

Bristol Health Partners is playing an increasingly important role in influencing how the region’s health and care services are run. In 2021-22 our Health Integration Teams attracted more than £4.8 million funding for 40 projects and activities that aim to improve the delivery of services for patients, carers and service users.


  • The Drug & Alcohol HIT will be helping to roll out a range of treatment and recovery interventions as part of a £3.4 million funding award from the Home Office.
  • Dementia HIT has unlocked more than £780,000 from the NHS Ageing well programme fund for several new projects aiming to improve dementia care, from supporting people from ethnic minority backgrounds and their carers, to running dementia meeting centres in communities across the region.
  • Additionally, Ageing Well awarded £330,000 to the Active Lives HIT for five projects that will use physical activity to embed prevention in care pathways.
  • NHS Charities Together has awarded £155,000 this year to the following HITs: Bladder and Bowel Confidence, Adversity & Trauma, Bristol Bones and Joints, Active Lives, Improving Perinatal Mental Health, Dementia, Psychological Therapies in Primary Care and Sexual Health Improvement (SHIP). These funds will support projects ranging from rowing and boat-building to support mental health, to developing a self-management app for patients newly diagnosed with an inflammatory rheumatic disease.
  • SHIP HIT secured £37,000 from the Public Health England Innovation Fund for the Hearts and Minds project, which will tackle HIV stigma in healthcare.

Bristol Health Partners’ Chief Operating Officer Olly Watson says:

“Our Health Integration Teams are made up of people from our local hospitals and councils, voluntary and community groups, our clinical, commissioning group, universities, patients, service users and carers. Their collective expertise enables HITs to spot opportunities that will help even more people across the region improve their health and wellbeing, through adapting and evolving the services they rely on, and finding new ways to support their own health.”

“In 2021 we became the first Academic Health Science Centre in England to develop a fully integrated relationship with our new Integrated Care System, to make best use of the academic research, implementation and evaluation work that we and many others locally do. This closer relationship is already helping us find opportunities to bring talented groups together to tackle issues that matter to local people.”

Research funding

Securing funding for research that will inform our region’s health and care services.

Foreword from Maria Kane

Our new Chair looks back on a year with Bristol Health Partners.

Director's reflections

Our Academic Health Science Centre Director, Professor David Wynick, reflects on the year.

Health Integration Team highlights

Active Lives HIT achievements 2021-22

  • 1st April 2022
Active Lives HIT has had a productive year. Here are…

Adversity and Trauma HIT achievements 2021-22

  • 1st April 2022
It has been a hugely successful year for the Adversity…

Bladder and Bowel Confidence HIT achievements 2021-22

  • 1st April 2022
The Bladder and Bowel Confidence Health Integration Team (BABCON HIT)…

Bristol Bones and Joints HIT looks back at 2021-22

  • 1st April 2022
As hospitals start to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, outpatients…

Bristol Immunisation Group HIT reflects on 2021-22

  • 1st April 2022
Whilst the past year has been extremely challenging for anyone…

Chronic Pain HIT achievements 2021-22

  • 1st April 2022
Having formed a new Executive committee in the previous year,…

Dementia HIT achievements 2021-22

  • 1st April 2022
After welcoming a new leadership team, our HIT has continued…

Drug and Alcohol HIT reflects on 2021-22

  • 1st April 2022
Over the past year our Drug and Alcohol HIT has…

Eating Disorders HIT 2021-22 achievements

  • 1st April 2022
It has been an exciting year for the Eating Disorders…

Healthy Neighbourhood Environments (SHINE) HIT looks back on 2021-22

  • 1st April 2022
SHINE HIT has been promoting walking as part of Bristol…

Improving Care in Self-harm HIT achievements 2021-22

  • 1st April 2022
Even though many help resources exist, including online, young people…

Improving Perinatal Mental Health HIT reviews 2021-22

  • 1st April 2022
The IMPROVE HIT has focused on a single project this…

InPsyTe HIT looks back at 2021-22

  • 1st April 2022
Despite suspending some of our programme due to the pandemic,…

Kidney Disease HIT reviews 2021-22

  • 1st April 2022
In June 2021, we welcomed Pippa Bailey, Consultant Senior Lecturer…

MOVE HIT reflects on 2021-2022

  • 1st April 2022
While the past year continued to be challenging for the…

Psychosis HIT reflects on 2021-22

  • 1st April 2022
Work related to improving the support, treatment, services and lives…

Sexual Health Improvement (SHIP) HIT reflects on 2021-22

  • 1st April 2022
We were delighted that in July 2021 Jeremy Horwood Professor…

Stroke HIT achievements 2021-22

  • 1st April 2022
The last year has been particularly significant for Stroke Services…