Bristol Health Partners milestones in 2019-20

This timeline from April 2019 to March 2020 showcases some of the key moments in the year for Bristol Health Partners.

2 April 2019
South Gloucestershire Director of Public Health Sara Blackmore joins Stroke HIT

Sara Blackmore, Director of Public Health at South Gloucestershire Council, joins the Stroke Health Integration Team as Director.

17 April
Drug and Alcohol HIT Director wins research prize

Dr Kyla Thomas, Consultant Senior Lecturer in Public Health Medicine/ NIHR Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Kyla Thomas is jointly awarded the Society for the Study of Addiction (SSA) Fred Yates prize for ‘Researcher of the Year 2019’.

24 April
HITs carers event offers information and support

Our Health Integration Teams run an event for ‘informal’ carers who provide substantial, unpaid care and support for family members or friends.

14 May
Chronic Kidney Disease HIT teleclinics proof of concept published in BMJ Open

The proof of concept study finds that teleclinics were well received by patients, increased attendance rates and saved money.

11 June
Bristol 20mph here to stay as public support for the safer speed limits rides high

Bristol Health Partners and our Supporting Healthy Inclusive Neighbourhood Environments (SHINE) HIT supported the campaign and push to have safer speed limits in the city.

26 June
Bristol Health Partners HIT Conference 2019 highlights

Health Integrations Teams (HITs) take the opportunity to network, share ideas and hear from key speakers from the local health and care system at the annual HIT conference at the end of June 2019.

28 June
Eating Disorders HIT fifth research conference

People with lived experience of eating disorders, researchers and mental health professionals meet for the Eating Disorders HIT’s fifth research conference.

9 July
Bristol Health Partners co-hosts advancing analytics and AI event

Analysts from across health, local authority and academic organisations join Bristol Health Partners and Healthier Together at an event to explore how we can advance analytics locally.

12 July
Eating Disorders HIT welcomes MP’s recommendations to improve NHS services for people with eating disorders

The Eating Disorders HIT welcomes the findings of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) inquiry into NHS care for patients with eating disorders.

16 July
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) HIT is formed

The HIT will bring together local partners who have been working together to develop an approach to preventing adverse childhood experiences and to mitigate their immediate and long term impacts.

9 September
Zoe Trinder-Widdess bids farewell to her Communications Manager role at Bristol Health Partners

Zoe Trinder-Widdess, Communications Mananger at Bristol Health Partners

Zoe was Communications Manager with Bristol Health Partners for six years but left the role at the end of September.

24 October
MOVE HIT Co-Director wins award

Lucy Mooney (on the left), Co-Director of the Movement Disorders HIT and Lead Movement Disorder Nurse Specialist at North Bristol NHS Trust, wins the 2019 Parkinson’s Disease Nurse Specialist Association Committee Award.

6 November
HITs work together to help redesign the chronic pain patient pathway

The Integrated Pain Management (Chronic Pain) and Bristol Bones and Joints HITs complete the first phase of their work to redesign how we plan and deliver chronic pain services, as part of Healthier Together’s wider reconfiguration of musculoskeletal services.

11 November
BHP execs sign off on Bladder and Bowel Confidence HIT

Our newest Health Integration Team aims to promote bladder and bowel continence for all in Bristol and the surrounding area.

3 December
Carla Southworth and Sabrina Lee join the Bristol Health Partners team

Our team welcomed two new members at the end of 2019 as Carla Southworth joined as a Senior Project Manager and Sabrina Lee was appointed Communications Manager.

17 January 2020
Dawid Koleczko reflects on his digital internship with Bristol Health Partners and Bristol City Council

Funded and overseen by Bristol Health Partners, Dawid (first on the left), a computer science student at the University of West of England, worked on a digital project at Bristol City Council over the past three months.

3 February
Bristol aims for walking to be first choice of transport for local journeys

The work of our Supporting Healthy Neighbourhoods (SHINE) HIT Co-Director Dr Suzanne Audrey makes a direct impact on Bristol’s Transport Strategy, which was finalised and adopted in 2019.

5 March
MOVE HIT’s education day showcases latest complex therapies for Parkinson’s

The event brought together more than 100 clinicians from across the South West to learn more about the complex therapies available to support Parkinson’s patients.

16 March
Drug and Alcohol HIT event explores new ways to support people with prescription opioid dependence

Service providers, service users, researchers and commissioners came together at the event to discuss how to address prescription opioid dependence in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.