Our highlights in 2018-19

Here are just some of the highlights our unique partnership and our Health Integration Teams (HITs) have achieved over the last year.

Enabling new research funding

  • £2.9m total funding for HIT-led research
  • £4.5m Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) follow on funding for SPHERE (Sensor Platform for Healthcare in a Residential Environment)
  • £6m EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Health and Care, to train the next generation of researchers in using digital technologies
  • £6.6m Medical Research Council UK Prevention Research Partnership to tackle the root causes of unhealthy planning, economics and decision-making

System change and pathway redesign

  • £656,521 invested in service changes involving our HITs
  • 4 HITs – Stroke, Integrated Pain Management, Avoiding Hospital Admissions and Bristol Bones and Joints – are working closely with local Sustainability and Transformation Partnership Healthier Together on pathway redesign

Embedding patient and public involvement (PPI)

Attendees at the introduction to digital health training

  • More than 30 patient and public contributors on HIT leadership teams
  • Training 11 people to empower them to participate in digital health conversations
  • 5 patient and service user-led events attended by more than 300 people

Communicating and engaging

The audience at the AI in Health and Care event

  • 340 heard from Ben Goldacre, Natalie Banner and Deborah El- Sayed at AI in Health and Care: How do we get it right?
  • Contributed to more than 10 other events, including the Bristol and Bath Health and Care Awards, the launch of materials to promote safer drug injecting practices, Pedestrian Crossings: the good, the bad and the rationale, the 2018 HIT conference
  • 10.6k followers on Twitter

Enabling city-wide work

  • Work on better use of data, supporting academic connections with Healthier Together in their digital plans including hosting an ‘information engine’ workshop
  • Contributing to 2 sessions at the Bristol Forum, including a Partnerology session
  • Contributing to the successful UK Prevention Research Partnership MRC funding bid

Influencing beyond our city

  • Advising East Anglia region on setting up their own health partnership
  • Sexual Health Improvement Programme (SHIP HIT) submit written evidence to Health and Social Care Committee inquiry into sexual health and anti-microbial resistance
  • Movement Disorders HIT Directors star in BBC 2 documentary
  • Healthy Urban Environments (SHINE HIT) responds to West of England joint transport plan
  • Improving Care in Self-Harm HIT presents to Parliamentary self-harm and suicide prevention group, and contributes to the National Suicide Prevention Strategy