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New report explores challenges faced by those living with bladder and bowel conditions

Bladder and bowel conditions are very common in the UK, affecting more than one in five people – and yet it is not a subject openly talked about. More common than hay fever, we know that symptoms can significantly affect everyday lives. The West of E...

Vote for Common Ambition Bristol in National Diversity Awards

Common Ambition Bristol has been nominated for the 2022 National Diversity Awards in the category Community Organisation Award for Race, Religion and Faith. The National Diversity Awards celebrate the achievements of grassroot communities who are tackl...

Study shows children’s physical activity levels fell below national guidelines in wake of pandemic

New research has revealed children’s physical activity levels in the UK were significantly lower by the time the COVID-19 pandemic public lockdown restrictions were lifted. The study, led by the University of Bristol, found that by the end of 2021 li...

University of Bristol ranked fifth for research in the UK

The University of Bristol - one of our 11 partner organisations - has been ranked fifth for research in the UK, with a remarkable 94% of its research assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.The results of the latest Research Excellence Fram...

Children could find it easier to reach a healthier weight if their parents are addressing their own weight

New research presented at the European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Maastricht, the Netherlands (4-7 May), has found that many parents attending commercial weight management programmes would be happy for their child, if overweight, to also receive support...

Just three percent of adults with recording of overweight or obesity in primary care in England referred to weight management programmes

New University of Bristol-led research presented at the European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Maastricht, the Netherlands (4-7 May), has found that just three per cent of adults with a recording of overweight or obesity in England are referred to weight m...

Watch research webinar from our Chronic Pain HIT

The Chronic Pain HIT held its Spring Webinar with an incredible list of speakers covering a wide range of topics and working happening within the network. Speakers included: Penny Gane - Chair, Bristol Women's Commission - 'Working in part...

Childhood obesity increases risk of type 1 diabetes

Being overweight in childhood increases the risk of developing type 1 diabetes in later life, according to the findings of a new study that analysed genetic data on over 400,000 individuals. The study, co-led by researchers from the Universities of Bristo...

Bristol Walk Fest 2022 launches with NO LIMITS#2 photographic exhibition

To launch this year’s Bristol Walk Fest, Active Ageing Bristol’s NO LIMITS#2 outdoor photographic exhibition will be taking place on College Green from 28 April to 25 May. The exhibition features photographs showing that age is no barrier to active li...

Sexual Health Improvement Programme The Sexual Health Improvement Programme (SHIP) HIT brings together clinicians, commissioners, public health professionals, members of the public and researchers to support the development of evidence-based services tha...

Few UK online sexually transmitted infection test services meet national standards

Few UK online sexually transmitted infection test services meet national recommended standards, with independent sector providers the least likely to be compliant, finds research published online in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections. The find...

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NIHR Applied Research Collaboration West (ARC West) Applied health research to address the issues facing the health and social care system ARC West conducts applied health research with its partners and others in the health and care sector, alongside...

NIHR South West Research Design Service (RDS) A bespoke service to help you design studies and successfully apply for grants The RDS South West, which is hosted by University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust, supports researchers to d...

How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected people's experiences of bladder and bowel services?

Collaborative research with HealthWatch Bristol found that one in three people who use bladder and bowel services had been affected by changes to these services during COVID.In the UK, over 14 million people experience bladder control problems and 6.5 mil...

City Know-how: Gentrification creates stress by intensifying financial insecurity

Gentrification exacerbates financial insecurity for economically vulnerable residents, leading to increased stress.For the attention of: Urban policymakers, public health leaders, community organizationsThe problemLong-term residents of gentrifying neighb...

Identification of 75 genetic risk factors brings new insights for Alzheimer’s

Identifying genetic risk factors for Alzheimer's disease is essential if we are to improve our understanding and treatment of it. An international research team, which included University of Bristol scientists, has identified 75 regions of the genome that...

TV series co-designed by Bristol mental health expert aims to find out if a simpler life means a happier and healthier life

Could living a simpler life with no modern comforts, cut off from the modern world be better for us? Bristol mental health researcher, Dr Myles-Jay Linton has contributed to a new Channel 4 series, The Simpler Life, which follows a group of 24 Brits who h...

New research reveals one in five children in care were self-harming and at risk of mental ill health during the pandemic

A report sheds new light on the plight of children and young people in care in England during the COVID-19 pandemic, with one in five self-harming and being at risk of mental ill health. The study, led by the University of Bristol, is the first of its...

Professor Evelyn Welch to become University of Bristol’s first female Vice-Chancellor

The University of Bristol is delighted to announce Professor Evelyn Welch as its 14th Vice-Chancellor – and the first woman to lead the historic institution. Professor Welch, who is currently Senior Vice President (Service, People & Planning) at King's...

Landmark study demonstrates long-term positive impacts and cost effectiveness of tailored group exercise for over-65s with mobility limitations

Results from a major study into the effectiveness of a community-based group exercise programme designed for people aged 65 and over with mobility limitations shows that REACT prevents physical decline and is cost-effective to run. The team behind it, whi...

Dementia HIT

Dementia Health Integration Team The Dementia Health Integration Team (HIT) is a group of professionals working together to develop services for people living with dementia, through research, integrating and improving services and support, and expanding...

Dementia HIT achievements

Dementia HIT achievements Here are some of the highlights of what the Dementia Health Integration Team have achieved so far.

Stroke HIT

The Stroke Health Integration Team (HIT) brings together clinicians, commissioners, academics, care and support providers and other experts, as well as people who have had strokes and their families and carers. We are committed to preventing strokes and i...

We're the experts on how our conditions affect us

One in 50 people in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire live with the long-term effects of stroke. Chris Priestman, Stephen Hill and Claire Angell are three stroke survivors from Bristol Health Partners’ Stroke Health Integration Team (HI...

Common Ambition Bristol is looking for volunteers

Common Ambition Bristol, supported by our Sexual Health Inprovement HIT, is a community powered project for African and Caribbean heritage communities in Bristol. It aims to encourage people to test for HIV and be in control of their sexual health. In or...

University of Bristol to collaborate with Evotec to help treatment of kidney diseases

A new collaboration to help patients with nephrotic syndrome, a type of kidney disease, has been announced by the University of Bristol and Evotec SE. Under the collaboration, Evotec will receive access to longitudinal samples from an international patie...

How innovation and lived experience is helping people with eating disorders

Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses and can affect anyone, no matter their age, gender or background. It can take a long time for someone with an eating disorder to be ready to access help and treatment. However, the sooner they do, the more lik...

Maria Kane is new Bristol Health Partners AHSC Chair

North Bristol NHS Trust Chief Executive Maria Kane OBE will be taking on the role of interim Chair of Bristol Health Partners Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC). Maria’s appointment by the Bristol Health Partners Board follows the retirement of Robe...

City Know-how: How does being in the presence of skyscrapers make you feel?

As cities become more densely populated, we are increasingly building upward. What are the psychological implications of this shifting urban landscape? For the attention of: City planners, urban designers, architects, urban policy makers, city mayors...

Bristol researcher awarded fellowship to help change the lives of people suffering with chronic pain

More than a third of the UK population – around 28 million people – are thought to be affected by chronic pain, yet historic under-investment in pain research has led to a gap in our understanding, as well as a lack of effective treatment options.Chro...

TfL's junk food advertising restrictions linked to reductions in high fat, salt and sugar product purchases

Restricting the outdoor advertising of high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) foods and drinks across the Transport for London (TfL) network is estimated to have significantly decreased the average amount of calories purchased by households every week from these...

SHIP HIT’s work to make STI tests safer highlighted in national media

Concerns around potentially unsafe online test providers for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have grown in recent years, with sexual health experts calling for tighter regulation. Bristol Health Partners’ Sexual Health Improvement Health Integ...

ED HIT looking for young people to shape research into eating disorders

Our Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (ED HIT) is setting up a Special Interest Research Group of young people who have experience of an eating disorder and who are interested in talking about what future research on eating disorders should look li...

SHIP HIT achievements

Sexual Health Improvement HIT achievements Here are some of the highlights of what the Sexual Health Improvement (SHIPP) Health Integration Team has achieved so far.

SHIP HIT says goodbye to director Paddy Horner

Dr Paddy Horner, Associate Professor in Sexually Transmitted Infections at the University of Bristol, is retiring at the end of February. He will be hugely missed by our Sexual Health Improvement Health Integration Team (SHIP HIT), where he has been a dir...

More about the Healthy Weight HIT In line with the rest of the UK, the population of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) has high levels of overweight and obesity. Obesity is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes,...

Who’s involved Nine of our eleven partner organisations are directly involved in the Healthy Weight HIT. The HIT also draws on a diverse network of people from across BNSSG and beyond who have an interest in, or work in, the prevention and treatment of...

Clinical Commissioning Group approves major improvements to stroke services

Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has today, Tuesday 1 February, agreed a series of recommendations to reorganise and improve the area’s stroke services. Dr Chris Burton, Clinical Lead for the progra...

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust appoints new Chief Executive

Eugine Yafele has been appointed as the new Chief Executive for University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW). Eugine joins UHBW from Dorset HealthCare University Foundation Trust, where he led the Trust to achieve a CQC rating of...

Connie Shiridzinomwa and Heidi Andrews join Bristol Health Partners team

Our team welcomed two new members at the end of 2021 and start of 2022 as Connie Shiridzinomwa and Heidi Andrews joined as Senior Project Managers. Heidi is with us two days per week, working with the Sexual Health Improvement Programme and Kidney Dise...

People’s long-term pain after knee surgery is reduced, new treatment has shown

With one in five people experiencing ongoing pain long after knee replacement surgery, new research, led by the University of Bristol and North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) and published in The Lancet Rheumatology, has shown a way to help reduce people’s con...

Major stroke services improvements reach decision-making stage

A series of recommendations to improve stroke services in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire will be presented for decision next week.Recommendations to improve emergency stroke care, ongoing hospital treatment, and rehabilitation will be p...

City Know-how: Factors that influence urban park access

Park access is about more than the distance to get there. For the attention of:Those responsible for managing green public space and parks, city government, directors of parks and recreation and green space advocates.The problemCurrent policy prioritises...

ED HIT offers free wellbeing art packs to help people affected by eating disorders and eating problems

Bristol Health Partners’ Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (ED HIT) has produced a free winter wellbeing art activity pack for people affected by eating disorders and eating problems. The pack includes the HIT’s Eating Disorder Support and R...

City Know-how: Examining the anticipated economic return of urban greenways

Every £1.00 invested in an urban greenway can expect to return an investment of £2.00-£6.00 presenting a strong business case for investment in urban green infrastructure. For the attention of: Local government (those responsible for infrastructure...

City Know-how: New observation tool to assess physical activity and other wellbeing behaviours in urban spaces

MOHAWk is a new observation tool to assess physical activity and two other wellbeing behaviours (social interactions and taking notice of the environment) in urban spaces.For the attention of: Policymakers in local authorities; public health professionals...

SHINE HIT supports bite-sized briefings to create healthier cities

Bristol Health Partners’ SHINE Health Integration Team (HIT) is building on its partnership with the journal Cities & Health by launching a new initiative to get evidence on creating healthier cities into the hands of policymakers, practitioners and com...

Being overweight may cause more UK hospital admissions than previously thought, finds new study

Being overweight may cause more hospital admissions and higher incidences of disease and mortality than previous studies report, according to new University of Bristol-led research. The study, published in Economics and Human Biology, used a genetic techn...

How can schools help prevent childhood overweight and obesity?

A ‘realist review’ of primary school-based studies in childhood obesity prevention has shed light on the factors that could make an intervention effective. Published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, it revealed...

BABCON HIT Director Nikki Cotterill becomes Professor of Continence Care

Bristol Health Partners congratulates Bladder and Bowel Confidence Health Integration Team (BABCON HIT) Director Nikki Cotterill, who has been made Professor of Continence Care at the University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol. Nikki, a nurs...

Eating Disorder Support app launched

An app that enables people with disordered eating and eating disorders, and people close to them, to find useful information, self-care tips and links to support has been launched by Bristol Health Partners’ Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (ED...

Annual review test

Health Integration Teams (HITs) are cross-organisational, inter-disciplinary groups of health professionals, academics, patients and the public that look at particular health issues or conditions. These pioneering teams are started by passionate experts i...

Treatment for opioid dependence has an important role in suicide prevention

Opioid agonist treatment, commonly methadone or buprenorphine, for people dependent on heroin or other opioid drugs has an important role to play in suicide prevention, according to University of Bristol-led research published in The Lancet Psychiatry.Peo...

Bristol Bones and Joints HIT welcomes new co-directors

The Bristol Bones and Joints Health Integration Team (HIT) hosted by Bristol Health Partners is delighted to welcome two new co-directors to its leadership team. Dr Andrew Moore is a University of Bristol Research Fellow specialising in musculoskeletal h...

Online consultations can disadvantage some patients and create more work for GP practices

Online GP consultations have unintended consequences that may put some patients at a disadvantage and create additional work for GP practice staff, a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)-funded study at the University of Bristol has shown. The DE...

Resources The CONfidence app provides self-help advice and information for people with bladder and bowel leakage, and carers and parents of children with symptoms. Download resources by clicking on the links below. You can use these to print flyers...

Event showcases Bristol’s sexual health and HIV projects for World AIDS Day 2021

As part of a programme to mark World AIDS Day, sexual health charity Brigstowe hosted a special event on 27 November showcasing three linked areas of work supported by Bristol Health Partners’ Sexual Health Improvement (SHIP) HIT. Attendees gathered...

New Health Integration Team will focus on preventing and treating obesity

A new Health Integration Team (HIT) was approved by Bristol Health Partners Academic Health Science Centre’s Research & Innovation Steering Group in November 2021. It will be the first new HIT to launch since the pandemic began. The HIT will focus on...

BABCON HIT achievements Here are some of the highlights of what the Bladder and Bowel Confidence (BABCON) Health Integration Team has achieved so far.

Lisa King looks back on her time with Bristol Health Partners

Our departing COO Lisa King has been Bristol Health Partners’ longest-serving team member, with nearly nine years at the partnership. She reflects on some of the highlights. I had taken a year out to travel with my now husband when, in an internet caf...

New study seeks clinicians for interviews examining the impact of remote consultations on the workforce

A new University of Bristol and NIHR ARC West study (the RECON project), supported by Bristol Health Partners, is examining the impact of remote consultations on the healthcare workforce. Researchers are inviting primary and secondary care clinicians t...

How can involvement in research support survivors of domestic abuse?

Hard Evidence is a theatre piece written and performed by Shass Blake and Alison Prince. It follows the story of two friends, Jan and Christine, who both have experience of domestic abuse, but are at different points in their journey to finding support. I...

UWE Bristol researchers to explore the impact of racism on children's mental health

Researchers at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) are to begin a new study exploring the impact of racism on the mental health and wellbeing of 10 to 11-year olds.The project, funded by the mental health research network Emerging Minds, i...

New research reveals cuts, competition and comparison may increase mental health difficulties among university students

Students’ experiences in earlier stages of education may lead to increased levels of psychological distress and fewer skills to help them cope at university, reveals a UK study published in the British Journal of Educational Psychology.The study led by...

Active Lives HIT relaunches with Dance for Wellbeing conference

Our long-standing Active Older People Health Integration Team (APPHLE HIT) has relaunched as Active Lives HIT, to better reflects its focus on the benefits of physical activity to health and wellbeing over the course of people’s lives. To coincide with...

Bristol childhood obesity clinic forms blueprint for national NHS pilot

Children and young people with severe obesity will receive intensive support with a pilot of 15 new specialist NHS services based on a clinic in Bristol. The Care of Childhood Obesity (CoCO) clinic at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children has been supp...

Common blood pressure drug does not slow down the progression of more advanced Alzheimer’s

New research led by the University of Bristol, has shown the drug losartan, normally used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), is not effective in slowing down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in people with mild-to-moderate disease a...

SHIP HIT supports World AIDS Day 2021 events in Bristol

Bristol Health Partners’ Sexual Health Improvement Health Integration team (SHIP HIT) is supporting Brigstowe in a programme of events to mark World AIDS Day, 1 December 2021. The programme starts with the annual flag raising event outside City Hall...

Chief Executive confirmed for the BNSSG Integrated Care Board

Shane Devlin has today (Friday, 12 November 2021) been announced as the Chief Executive designate of the new Integrated Care Board (ICB) for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.The new statutory body will form part of the wider Integrated Ca...

50 Ways to Better Walking booklet launched and welcomed

While COP26 is underway, Bristol Walking Alliance (BWA) has launched a booklet, 50 Ways to Better Walking, to remind policy makers that encouraging walking is an important way to reduce our carbon footprint and help address the climate emergency.BWA has a...

REACH collaborative hub leading urgent and emergency care research celebrates its first year

The Research in Emergency Care, Avon Collaborative Hub (REACH) is a multidisciplinary collaboration across the University of the West of England (UWE) and the University of Bristol (UoB), supported by Bristol Health Partners, commissioners and service pro...

STITCH HIT achievements

STITCH HIT achievements Here are some of the highlights of what the Improving Care in Self-Harm (STITCH) Health Integration Team has achieved so far.

Bladder and bowel support app wins Nursing Times Award 2021

An app developed by Bristol Health Partners’ Bladder and Bowel Confidence Health Integration Team (BABCON HIT), which signposts people to find help with continence issues, has won a 2021 Nursing Times Award. The CONfidence app won in the Continence P...

New project explores impact of school discipline on pupil wellbeing

NIHR Applied Research Collaboration West (ARC West) has launched a new project working with young people to understand the mental health and wellbeing impacts of school discipline on pupils. The project will use creative methods to understand pupils’ ex...

Artist exhibits life after stroke for #WorldStrokeDay

An artist whose life was profoundly affected by a stroke has captured its impacts in a new exhibition.Hazel Hammond has been a poet and an artist for over 40 years. She had a stroke in 2018 and now lives with aphasia, a changing condition affecting over 3...

New website about infection and antibiotic resistance launched for schools

Children will learn about how infection takes place and the growing threat of antibiotic resistance thanks to a new website co-produced by scientists and teachers.Researchers from the universities of Bristol and Cardiff have created a new bilingual websit...

Region’s top football clubs back new #ChangeChampions domestic abuse campaign

Bristol Rovers and County in the Community (the Charity arm of Newport County AFC) are among some of the region’s top sports clubs teaming up with University of Bristol researchers to back #ChangeChampions, a new domestic abuse campaign aimed at support...

Chronic Pain HIT achievements​

Chronic Pain HIT achievements Highlights of what the Chronic Pain Health Integration Team has achieved so far.

Active Lives HIT achievements Here are some of the highlights of what the Active Lives Health Integration Team (previously APPHLE) have achieved so far.

Chair-designate confirmed for BNSSG Integrated Care System

Jeff Farrar has today (Friday, 15 October) been announced as Chair-designate of the Healthier Together Partnership, the Integrated Care System (ICS) for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG). The appointment follows a nationally run...

Bristol Health Partners conference puts lived experience at heart of health research

Bristol Health Partners held its annual Conference on Tuesday 12 October 2021. Like last year, the event was held online due to the ongoing pandemic, with more than 110 academics, clinicians, commissioners and others from organisations across Bristol, Sou...

Allergies including asthma and hay fever not linked to mental health traits

Allergic diseases such as asthma, atopic dermatitis and hay fever do not cause the onset of mental health conditions or vice versa, according to the findings of a new University of Bristol-led study published today (6 October) in the journal Clinical and...

Statue of Henrietta Lacks unveiled at University of Bristol

A life-size bronze statue of Henrietta Lacks, a Black American woman whose cells were the first ever to survive and multiply outside the body, and whose use changed the course of modern medicine, has been unveiled at the University of Bristol by members o...

It is safe for people to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and influenza at the same time, study shows

Research has found that it is safe for people to receive a flu vaccine at the same time as a COVID-19 vaccine. Reported side effects were mainly mild to moderate, and there were no negative impacts on the immune response produced by either vaccine when bo...

Resources launched for GPs to support people who self-harm

Supporting adults who self-harm or experience suicidal thoughts could now be easier for GPs, thanks to work by Bristol Health Partners’ Improving Care in Self-harm Health Integration Team (STITCH HIT). STITCH HIT has created new resources on REMEDY for...

Tobacco and alcohol may increase likelihood of using illegal drugs, new study shows

The use of legal drugs (tobacco and alcohol) may lead to the use of cannabis, a new study led by the University of Bristol and published in the journal Addiction has found. The study also found evidence that cannabis use may lead to smoking initiation, an...

Bristol Health Partners works with hospital charities on new programme of support to benefit thousands in the community

Bristol Health Partners Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) has joined forces with Bristol’s hospital charities on an innovative programme of support to benefit thousands in the community. Above & Beyond, Southmead Hospital Charity and...

Bristol Somali Youth Voice hosts community sports event in Lockleaze

Bristol Somali Youth Voice organised a Community at Sport 2021 event at Lockleaze Sports Centre on Sunday 29 August, which brought young people and community members from different areas of Bristol and backgrounds, to play football and socialise. As a...

Introducing Hard Evidence: a performance piece about survivors of domestic abuse and public involvement in research

Hard Evidence, a new production developed in collaboration with Acta Theatre, shines light on how getting involved with research empowered women who have experienced domestic abuse to support others in a similar situation.Written over Zoom in the early mo...

Data sharing project to protect vulnerable children set to benefit from nearly £1m investment

A successful Bristol City Council project using data and analytics to understand risk and vulnerability of children and families across the city is to be expanded across Avon and Somerset. Nearly £1m of Government funding has been allocated over the next...

New animation aims to help people with eating disorders safely navigate social media

Researchers from Loughborough University, UWE Bristol and Bristol Health Partners' Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (HIT) have teamed up with UK charity Beat to create an animated video that explores how social media affects people with an eating...

Clean air comics and hedgehog houses: how SHINE HIT and KWMC are connecting Bristol kids with their local environment

Two Healthy Neighbourhood Environments (SHINE) Health Integration Team (HIT) projects to engage Bristol schoolchildren in improving where they live are underway, with help from Knowle West Media Centre. Clean air comic Air pollution is the biggest e...

Co-creating communications with patient and public groups

Taking a ‘less is more’ approach and not overwhelming audiences with too much information is the most effective approach to developing patient and public involvement (PPI) recruitment materials, according to public contributors.Involving patient and p...

New option for how people with COVID-19 are cared for on NHS wards

A new protocol for prone positioning — a technique commonly used to treat COVID-19 patients in respiratory distress by turning them on to their front to increase oxygen flow to the lungs, is published in the Journal of Frailty and Aging. Researchers fro...

National first as relationship between Academic Health Science Centre and local Integrated Care System is confirmed

Bristol Health Partners is the first Academic Health Science Centre (ASHC) in England to develop a fully integrated relationship with the Healthier Together Integrated Care System (ICS) for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG), a deci...

Exposure to air pollution linked with increased mental health service-use, new study finds

Exposure to traffic-related air pollution is associated with increased mental health service-use among people recently diagnosed with psychotic and mood disorders such as schizophrenia and depression, a study on data from over 13,000 people has found.

Bristol report calls for action to tackle the digital divide as research during COVID-19 lockdown exposes digital inequality

Digital inequality in the city could severely impact life chances, according to new research published today by the University of Bristol’s Bristol Digital Futures Institute (BDFI) and Knowle West Media Centre. The team surveyed more than 5,000 resid...

Major research project to study chronic pain

Chronic pain is a major global public health challenge that causes significant disability. A new research consortium and national chronic pain data hub could improve outcomes for the many people living with painful and debilitating conditions, such as fib...

New study aims to improve healthcare for pregnant women with multiple health conditions

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust is one of the organisations taking part in a new three-year UK-wide study aimed at improving healthcare and outcomes for pregnant women who have two or more active long-term health conditions.Cu...

UHBW NHS Foundation Trust chief executive to retire

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) chief executive, Robert Woolley, has today announced plans to retire next year after a long and distinguished career in the NHS spanning more than 30 years. Robert was appointed chief...

Who’s involved Leadership team Director: Ann James, Director of Children and Family Services and Community Safety (DCS), Bristol City Council Director: Professor John Macleod, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Primary Care, Directo...

Bristol Network for Equality in Early Years Health and Wellbeing (BoNEE) Deprivation in Bristol is higher than average for England, with nearly 20,000 children living in poverty. Around one in 13 children in Bristol have a chronic or potentially disablin...

Challenging the stigma of opioid substitution treatment at Drug and Alcohol HIT workshop

Bristol Health Partners’ Drug and Alcohol Health Integration Team (HIT) brought together people from across the UK who share an interest in improving opioid substitution treatment (OST) for a workshop on 7 July. Among the attendees were people with liv...

Chronic Pain HIT host research webinar

The Chronic Pain Health Integration Team (HIT) organised a Research Webinar in July 2021. Watch the presentations...

Dementia friendly allotment breaks new ground in Bristol

Bristol’s first dementia friendly allotment launched on 23 July, at an event attended by Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees, alongside older people, their carers, families, and the volunteers who had turned the idea into reality. The space at Charlton Road al...

Handing over instead of ending pain management programmes: How peer-led meetings build on positive gains

The Chronic Pain Health Integration Team (HIT) is pleased to share a peer-reviewed article and resources from NIHR ARC West and North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) aimed at facilitating ongoing peer support for people who attend pain management programmes.A new...

SHIP HIT welcomes new Director

The Sexual Health Improvement Programme (SHIP) Health Integration Team would like to welcome Professor Jeremy Horwood to its Directors’ team. Jeremy replaces Dr Katy Turner, who left the University of Bristol in June 2021. After several years as a SH...

Drug and Alcohol HIT meeting focuses on trauma informed approaches

The Drug and Alcohol HIT network met virtually on 30 June 2021. Chair Dr Julian Walker, Director of Research & Development at Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, welcomed speakers with lived experience, alongside researchers and pra...

CONfidence app shortlisted for 2021 Nursing Times Award

A new app developed by Bristol Health Partners’ Bladder and Bowel Confidence Health Integration Team (BABCON HIT), which signposts people to find help with continence issues, has been shortlisted for a 2021 Nursing Times Award. The free CONfidence app...

Long COVID in children poorly understood by doctors

The clinical definition of long COVID in children is at present very limited and poorly understood by doctors, according to a new report published today [21 July]. The report also found that symptoms typically associated with long COVID were having a sign...

Bristol Bones and Joints HIT update 2020-21

Co-directors Emma Dures and Sanchit Mehendale recap Bristol Bones and Joints HIT highlights from 2020 -21. This year, we have created new self-management support resources that patients can access via the rheumatology pages of the North Bristol NHS Tru...

Bristol Immunisation Group (BIG) HIT 2020-21 update

Professor Adam Finn, Dr Marion Roderick and Dr Julie Yates, Directors of the Bristol Immunisation Group (BIG) HIT, share an update on the team’s achievements in the last year. Over the past year BIG HIT members have been extensively involved in the wor...

Highlights from the BABCON HIT 2020-21

Leadership team Dr Nikki Cotterill, Professor Marcus Drake, Kathryn McCarthy and Professor Paul Abrams look back on what BABCON HIT achieved in 2020-21. Due to the pandemic, all services migrated to digital provision in Spring 2020 and a significant le...

APPHLE HIT's achievements of 2020-21

Directors of the Active People Promoting Healthy Life Expectancy (APPHLE) HIT Karen Lloyd and Professor Charlie Foster provide an update on the HIT’s work in 2020/21. Last year APPHLE HIT partnered with Active Ageing Bristol/Age UK Bristol and Bristol...

Kidney Disease HIT's 2020-21 update

Dominic Taylor, Director of the Kidney Disease HIT, shares an update on the team’s achievements in the past year. One in 10 people in the UK have significantly reduced kidney function (Chronic Kidney Disease or CKD). These people have an increased ris...

InPsyTe HIT looks back at 2020-21

Co-directors Rick Cooper and Professor David Kessler, and co-ordinator Cheng Lui, share an update from the Psychological Therapies in Primary Care (InPsyTe) HIT in 2020-21. Recommissioning and redesign of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (...

Improving Perinatal Mental Health HIT 2020-21 update

Co-directors Dr Jonathan Evans and Ruth Jackson reflect on IMPROVE HIT's achievements in 2020-21Over the past year during the COVID-19 pandemic, the IMPROVE HIT has played a key role in bringing together a wide range of stakeholders in the perinatal menta...

Drug and Alcohol HIT looks back at 2020-21

Our Drug and Alcohol HIT co-directors Leonie Roberts, Kyla Thomas, Tim Williams and Jo Kesten look back at 2020-21Drug and alcohol services adapted and evolved in response to COVID-19. Bristol Drugs Project’s (BDP) impact report summarises how they supp...

Dementia HIT achievements 2020-21

Outgoing Directors Dr Hilary Archer and Dr Maria-Paloma Sequeiros, and coordinator Dr Julie Clayton, provide an update on the 2020-21 activities of the Dementia Health Integration Team (HIT). Dementia HIT members rose to the challenge of COVID19 during 2...

Chronic Pain HIT achievements 2020-21

Professor Candy McCabe, Dr Alison Llewellyn and Charlotte Spence reflect on the achievements of the Chronic Pain HIT over the last year. Even though the pandemic made it difficult to proceed with some of our plans and it required us to be more flexible,...

2020-21 reflections from Adversity and Trauma HIT

Directors Ann James, Professor John Macleod and Dr Jo Williams look back on what the HIT achieved in 2020-21. The Adverse Childhood Experiences HIT is now known as the Adversity and Trauma HIT. This new name better reflects the approach of the group, and...

2020-21 highlights from Stroke HIT

Dr Phil Clatworthy, Sara Blackmore, Dr Phil Simons, Chris Priestman and Stephen Hill reflect on the 2019-20 achievements of the Stroke Health Integration Team (Stroke HIT). Over the past year continued effort from Stroke HIT directors, public contribut...

Improving Care in Self-Harm HIT 2020-21 review

Drs Lucy Biddle, Becky Mars and Sandra Walker, Improving Care in Self-Harm (STITCH) HIT co-directors, reflect on 2020-21. The COVID-19 pandemic meant some planned STITCH HIT projects were delayed, but new opportunities also arose. The team is analysing...

Sexual Health (SHIP) HIT 2020-21 highlights

Dr Katy Turner, Dr Paddy Horner, Dr Jo Copping and Dr Emma Harding-Esch, Directors of Sexual Health Improvement (SHIP) HIT, reflect on the team’s achievements from last year. The past year has not been without its challenges, but it has also presented...

SHINE HIT achievements in 2020-21

Dr Suzanne Audrey, Dr Adrian Davis and Sally Hogg reflect on the achievements of the Supporting Healthy and Inclusive Neighbourhood Environments HIT in 2020-21.SHINE co-lead, Suzanne Audrey, secured funding from the National institute for Health Research...

Psychosis HIT highlights for 2020-21

Psychosis HIT Directors Dr Sarah Sullivan, Dr Simon Downer, Dr Martin Jones and James Robinson look back on the team’s activities from the past year. Although the Psychosis HIT has been officially ‘on pause’ over the last year, important work relat...

Eating Disorders HIT looks back at 2020-21

Directors Dr Helen Malson and Dr Sanni Norweg reflect on the work achieved by Eating Disorders HIT over the past year.This year has been a challenging time due to Covid-19, but we have adapted to new ways of working together and engaging with our collabor...

MOVE HIT looks back on 2020-21

Directors Dr Alan Whone and Lucy Mooney of the Parkinson’s and Other Movement Disorders Health Integration Team (MOVE HIT) look back at the team’s achievements in 2020-21. The MOVE HIT works to improve quality of life for people with Parkinson's and...

Highlighting the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines could hold key to converting doubters

Informing people about how well the new COVID-19 vaccines work could boost uptake among doubters substantially, according to new research. The study, led by the University of Bristol and published in the British Journal of Health Psychology, shows the im...

Making innovations in surgery safer

A study to help surgical innovations be developed more safely and efficiently has published a ‘core outcome set’ for new surgical techniques and devices in the Annals of Surgery. The COHESIVE study, led by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)...

Study shows aspirin can reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes in patients with pneumonia

Aspirin can reduce the risk of serious cardiovascular events such as ischemic stroke and heart attack in patients with pneumonia, according to new research.Serious cardiovascular complications are common in cases of pneumonia and are strongly associated w...

Living with an eating disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic

Bristol Health Partners' Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (EDHIT) is inviting people to take part in an online survey about their experiences of living with an existing or emerging eating disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic. This research study...

EDHIT thanks Peter Rogers and congratulates Katie Wild

The Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (EDHIT) would like to say a very fond farewell to Professor Peter Rogers who will be retiring from the University of Bristol this July. Peter has led the Research workstream of EDHIT since the HIT began 2016.

New guidance published to help GPs interpret Lateral Flow Device test results

New guidance for GPs and other health professionals on how to interpret and communicate results from Lateral Flow Device (LFDs) tests based on the current understanding of the tests’ performance is published in the BMJ. Researchers from the Universities...

Public trust in science remains strong during pandemic, but study suggests some decrease in late 2020

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, scientific research has been widely used to communicate about the disease to the public. New research to understand public views of coronavirus science has found that confidence in science among people in England from...

Bristol Walk Fest 2021 celebrates successes

Bristol Walk Fest adapted its programme of walks for 2021 to make more available online and to download for free via the walking app Go Jauntly, encouraging Bristolians to get out safely with friends and family and reconnect with their city after lockdown...

Longest known SARS-CoV-2 infection of nearly 300 days successfully treated with new therapy

An immunocompromised individual with the longest known PCR confirmed case of SARS-CoV-2 infection, lasting more than 290 days, has been successfully treated with two investigational monoclonal antibodies (laboratory engineered antibodies). Clinicians and...

New app launched to support the one in five UK adults experiencing continence issues

A new app to support people with continence issues has been launched today by Bristol Health Partners' Bladder and Bowel Confidence Health Integration Team (BABCON), UWE Bristol and associated health partners, at the beginning of World Continence Week (21...

Common Ambition Bristol recruits six community members

Six people from Bristol’s Black African and Caribbean heritage communities have now been recruited to drive forward the Common Ambition Bristol project, which aims to reverse HIV health inequalities experienced by those communities living locally. By r...

Support to embed a trauma informed approach across BNSSG

Bristol Health Partners’ Adverse Childhood Experiences Health Integration Team (HIT) has changed its name to the Adversity and Trauma HIT to better reflect the remit of its work, considering the impacts of adversity and trauma across the course of peopl...

Dementia HIT appoints new directors

Bristol Health Partners’ Dementia Health Integration Team (HIT) has appointed three new co-directors to lead the HIT’s work in improving care for people with dementia. The Dementia HIT is a team of professionals working together to transform care for...

Young infants produce strong immune response to SARS-CoV-2, study finds

Young infants show strong immune responses to SARS-CoV-2, new research has found. In particular, compared with adults, young infants produce relatively high levels of antibodies and immune cells that can specifically protect against COVID-19. The study le...

Public consultation on changes to hospital stroke services announced

Proposals to change the way hospital stroke services are organised and delivered in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire will be put to the public from 7 June, after the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) made the decision to progress t...

The importance of ‘Information About Me’: understanding the hidden causes of delays in discharging frail older people from hospital

Delays in discharging older people living with frailty from hospital are caused by a complex range of factors, but a key factor is how medical and social information about patients becomes fragmented during their stay. This is the conclusion of a study in...

Study launched to investigate whether paramedics can ease GP workload

The READY study will evaluate how paramedics support GPs and whether they can help reduce GP workloads. This two-year project funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is a collaboration between the University of Bristol and UWE Bristol,...

Bristol Health Partners’ resource to support analysts in health and care adopted nationally

A resource to support analysts working in health and care, created originally through Bristol Health Partners’ Using Data Better programme, has been adopted and developed for national use by the Health Foundation and the Association of Professional Heal...

Pfizer’s Vaccine Centre of Excellence launches at the University of Bristol

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, the Rt. Hon. Matt Hancock MP, today [25 May] visited the University of Bristol for the official launch of a new Pfizer Centre of Excellence for Epidemiology of Vaccine-preventable Diseases.The centre, whi...

Stroke HIT to develop linked database that could transform clinical decision-making around stroke treatment

Bristol Health Partners’ Stroke Health Integration Team (HIT) has received funding to create a scalable database of routinely collected NHS stroke clinical and imaging data. This resource, funded by a health data science grant from the University of Bri...

Study finds increased emotional difficulties in children during the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic may be associated with continuing emotional and behavioural difficulties in children after the age of two, a new study out today [17 May] from researchers at the University of Bristol has found.Please note this is a preprint, so it i...

Over a fifth of all child deaths in England could be avoided by reducing deprivation, new report finds

Around 700 child deaths that occur in England each year might be avoided by reducing deprivation, finds a new NHS England-funded report published today [13 May]. The University of Bristol National Child Mortality Database (NCMD)-led analysis identified a...

Two BABCON HIT projects included in CNO England’s COVID-19 Nursing Research Portfolio summary

Two studies led by our Bladder and Bowel Confidence Health Integration Team (BABCON HIT) feature in the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) England’s new Nursing Research Portfolio summary – the only inclusions from the Bristol, North Somerset and South Glouc...

SHIP HIT meeting focuses on sexual and reproductive health data

The Sexual Health Improvement Programme (SHIP) HIT met virtually on 27 April 2021 to discuss how sexual and reproductive health data can be used more effectively. The workshop, chaired by HIT co-director Katy Turner, aimed to understand how sexual and re...

Aerosol generating procedures: are they of relevance for transmission of SARS-CoV-2?

Emerging evidence indicates that many currently defined aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) are unlikely to play any significant role in the generation of infectious aerosol that poses a risk to hospital staff. In a comment article published in The Lanc...

Bristol study to improve success of IVF treatment resumes

A major study into the factors affecting IVF treatment success, led by NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) researchers at the University of Bristol, is restarting after a year-long pause due to COVID-19.In April this year, the research clinic at...

Bristol Walk Fest 2021 - One of the UK's largest urban celebrations of walking with events throughout May

The month-long Bristol Walk Fest is underway this May with a ‘one stop shop’ website of walking in Bristol featuring an impressive variety of walking routes, groups, information and competitions. This year, Bristol Walk Fest has adapted its program...

New research plans confirmed on Bristol health study’s 30th birthday

Thirty years after it first started, the Children of the 90s health study – one of the largest, most detailed longitudinal birth cohorts in the world – announced today [28 April] that it will launch its biggest collection of health data yet on three g...

New projects on predicting which babies and children are at risk of head injuries

NIHR ARC West is starting two new projects looking at childhood head injuries. One will look at ‘shaken baby’ syndrome and other abusive head traumas inflicted on babies, while the other will focus on post-concussion syndrome among children. Both proj...

Bristol Health Partners AHSC sets out priorities to tackle health inequalities and improve mental health and children and young people’s health

Three key themes have been set out by Bristol Health Partners Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) for the next 12-24 months as the Partnership continues to work collaboratively across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire’s (BNSSG) health...

New BABCON HIT project aims to improve continence care services affected by COVID-19

A new project looking at the impact of changes to the services that provide care to people with bladder and bowel (continence) problems has been launched by the Bristol Health Partners BABCON Health Integration Team in collaboration with the National Inst...

Autism in the Somali community – myth-busting short films offer advice and top tips for parents

A series of five evidence-based short films and factsheets about autism for the Somali community have been launched by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded researchers at the University of Bristol and community organisation Autism Independ...

Odyssey Presents showcases how creative arts helps people after stroke

Like with many things, the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that many services and groups have had to adapt and change how they work. With in-person events postponed indefinitely, the Stroke Odysseys team needed to find a new way for people who have had...

Eating Disorders HIT Sixth Research Conference tackles weight stigma

Challenging Weight Stigma - Eating Disorders (ED) Health Integration Team Online International ConferenceOn Tuesday, 16 March 2021 the Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (EDHIT) hosted a half-day virtual research conference with presentations from P...

NIHR Health Protection Research Unit launches new Public Advisory Group

The NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Behavioural Science and Evaluation at the University of Bristol (NIHR HPRU) has launched its new Public Advisory Group (PAG).Members of the group were recruited at the end of 2020, initially to work with them on...

Health and care leaders set out consultation plans for changes to local stroke services

Health and care leaders in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) are today (Monday 15 March) setting out plans to proceed to public consultation on major changes to the area’s stroke services. Stroke is the fourth biggest kil...

SHINE HIT tackles air pollution exposure at the hospital door

Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation recently published a report, The Invisible Threat, which stated that 29% of hospitals in England are in areas where pollution puts vulnerable people, and healthcare professionals, at risk. Suzanne Audrey, co-dire...

Research in Emergency Care, Avon Collaborative Hub webpages now live

The Research in Emergency Care, Avon Collaborative Hub (REACH) webpages are now live on the Bristol Health Partners site. REACH launched in October 2020 and is a collaborative research hub to improve the delivery of emergency care in Bristol and the surro...

Patient and public contribution is key to development of new stroke services pathway for BNSSG

Over the last four years, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) has been working on developing the Healthier Together Stroke Services Reconfiguration Programme. With input from the Stroke Health Integ...

New pelvic floor training video from BABCON HIT helps women with incontinence

The Bladder and Bowel CONfidence Health Integration Team (BABCON HIT) worked together with Pelvic Health Physiotherapist Jen Pinkstone from the department of Urogynaecology & Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery at North Bristol NHS Trust, and Motion Graphics...

NIHR ARC East Midlands webinar promotes inclusion of under-represented groups

Examples of good practice of community engagement and inclusion of under-represented groups in research were shared through an ARC East Midlands virtual seminar.More than 180 delegates logged on to view the ‘Community Engagement & Inclusion of Under-Rep...

Opioid agonist treatment could substantially reduce drug related deaths if used more widely

Opioid agonist treatment could substantially reduce drug related deaths if used more widely New evidence that opioid agonists such as methadone and buprenorphine could substantially reduce drug related deaths if more widely used in the community and pris...

Bristol Walk Fest returns in May with a COVID-19 secure edition

Bristol Walk Fest will return from May 1 to 31 2021 with a COVID-19 secure edition offering digital excursions, signposts to a variety of walking routes and activities, step-counting incentives and, it is hoped, a choice of guided and themed walks caterin...

HIT Director speaks at Bristol Neuroscience webinar

Chronic Pain HIT Director Professor Candy McCabe spoke at the University of Bristol Neuroscience Webinar in February 2021 on how the HIT is helping people with chronic pain access the support they need. Watch the webinar...

People in Health West of England launches trailblazing involvement platform

People in Health West of England (PHWE) has launched Discourse, an online platform to enable public involvement in health research in a more modern and inclusive way. PHWE, the West of England’s regional public involvement network, worked with John Ke...

SHIP HIT supports new programme that assesses for domestic violence and abuse in sexual health services

IRIS ADViSE (Assessing for Domestic Violence and Abuse in Sexual Health Environments) is an initiative that supports sexual health staff to identify and respond to patients affected by domestic violence and abuse (DVA), helping to refer them on to special...

Brain-related visual problems may affect one in 30 primary school children

A brain-related visual impairment, which until recently was thought to be rare, may affect one in every 30 children according to new research investigating the prevalence of Cerebral Visual Impairment [CVI]. The University of Bristol-led findings publishe...

ACTion After Stroke courses set to start on 16 February

Starting from 16 February, Bristol After Stroke will be running a course to help stroke survivors rebuild their lives.The course has been created especially for people who feel distressed or anxious following a stroke with the aim to support people who ex...

Are you of African or Caribbean heritage and interested in putting an end to HIV infections and stigma in Bristol?

Common Ambition Bristol is a major new project with people of African and Caribbean heritage working in partnership with health care professionals, African Voices Forum, other charitable organisations and academics to increase HIV testing and awareness an...

New Bristol walking app is looking for local contributions

The Bristol City Council Sustainable Transport team are partnering with Age UK Bristol to launch a free walking app at the end of April. There will be a new Bristol section on an already established app called Go Jauntly. The app includes other areas ac...

Bristol City Council's webinar tackles the myths and misinformation around the COVID-19 vaccine

On Tuesday, 26 January, 2021, the Bristol City Council Race Equality COVID-19 Steering Group held a webinar to give residents in the city an opportunity to find out more about how the COVID-19 vaccines work. Healthcare professionals and experts came toget...

UK public supports usage of tracking technology and immunity passports in global pandemic

New research suggests the majority of people in the UK are willing to use privacy-encroaching tracking technology and support the introduction of ‘immunity passports’ to protect themselves and others in the COVID-19 pandemic. The study, publishe...

Why are around a third of pregnant women not vaccinated against whooping cough?

Whooping cough is widespread, highly contagious and serious for new-born babies. However, 30 per cent of pregnant women in the UK do not receive the whooping cough vaccine, leading to avoidable illness and death and the Covid-19 pandemic appears to be hav...

NHS England information video about vaccines for people with a learning disability and autism

NHS England and NHS Improvement have produced a short film which describes:what a vaccine ishow vaccines are madewhy you should get a vaccinewhether a vaccine makes you illand how to decide whether to have a vaccine.

How sure would you want to be that you have coeliac disease before starting a gluten-free diet?

A new survey from researchers at NIHR ARC West and the University of Bristol has been launched to understand how sure people want to be that they’ve got coeliac disease before starting a gluten-free diet. Coeliac disease is when a person’s immune res...

Women of Colour Peer Support Group launches on 18 January

Changes Bristol is launching a mental health peer support group for women of colour, to provide a safe space to connect, share and feel empowered by a supportive community. Anyone over 18 who identifies as part of this community is welcome to attend. Chan...

New dementia support sessions and groups for 2021

The pandemic continues to be extremely challenging for people living with dementia and their carers, family and friends.Southern Brooks, along with several local partner organisations, have organised support groups for people with dementia and their carer...

Common Ambition Bristol officially launches with support from SHIP HIT

A major new project is inviting people to its virtual launch event, to find out more about how it will be working with people of African and Caribbean heritage to tackle HIV infections and stigma in these communities in Bristol and the surrounding area.Co...

Amanda Owen-Smith reflects on her time as Researcher in Residence at Bristol Health Partners

During 2019-20, Amanda was Bristol Health Partners’ Research in Residence with a focus on mental health services. She is a Senior Lecturer in Medical Sociology at the University of Bristol. My Research in Residence Fellowship at Bristol Health Partner...

South Bristol community group is connecting people with local wildlife

If you asked most people in Bristol what kind of birds, animals and insects can be found in their garden or surrounding green spaces, chances are they wouldn’t be able to tell you. But a group of enthusiastic locals in South Bristol are hoping to in...

Nurse-led telephone management could help support patients with chlamydia and gonorrhoea diagnosed in primary care

Nurse-led telephone management of patients with chlamydia and gonorrhoea could provide a better service for patients and reduce GP workloads, according to a study by researchers at the University of Bristol and NIHR ARC West published in BMC Family Practi...

Testing memory over four weeks could predict Alzheimer's disease risk

New research suggests testing people’s memory over four weeks could identify who is at higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease before it has developed. Importantly, the trial found testing people’s ability to retain memories for longer time p...

Patients shape study on improved monitoring of Parkinson's symptoms

Members of our Movement Disorders Health Integration Team (MOVE HIT) have published a protocol in BMJ Open for a study on how new technologies could be used to better monitor the symptoms of Parkinson's Disease.This work has been a close collaboration wit...

Public consultation on Bristol's new Drug and Alcohol Strategy now open

A new strategy is being developed to support people with drug and alcohol dependency in Bristol, and limit the impact of addiction on lives and communities across the city. A draft strategy is now ready, which Bristol City Council is asking for feedba...

ACE HIT's webinar series on trauma informed practices attracted over 700 attendees

During a span of two weeks in November 2020, the Adverse Childhood Experiences Health Integration Team (ACE HIT) brought together over 700 attendees from across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) for a webinar series: Adversity,...

EDHIT encourage people to take the time in December for 'elf care'

As the holiday season is quickly approaching, it is important for people to be mindful and take care of their mental health during what can be for some, a stressful and anxious time. The Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (ED HIT) has created a cale...

COVID-19 has worsened the inequalities experienced by Bristol's Somali community

Bristol Somali Youth Voice and the Bristol Somali Forum have produced a report looking at the impact of COVID-19 on Bristol's Somali community. The report includes case studies and survey results which reveal how the pandemic has made the challenges and i...

REPROVIDE study which aims to help men who are abusive in relationships hopes to promote study via social media

The REPROVIDE study is testing a group intervention to help men who are violent or abusive in their relationships with women. We are looking for the support of agencies who work with families affected by domestic violence to refer men who are willing to p...

Robert Woolley is new chair of Bristol Health Partners AHSC

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive Robert Woolley will be taking on the role of interim chair of Bristol Health Partners AHSC. His appointment by the Bristol Health Partners Board follows the retirement of Andrea...

Bristol University secures £45M to advance gene therapy treatment of chronic kidney diseases

Purespring Therapeutics will become one of the first kidney gene therapy companies The University of Bristol has secured a £45million deal to advance its groundbreaking gene therapy technology for chronic kidney diseases. The commitment, made by healthc...

Recent changes to chronic pain services generally positive but also highlight change in health inequalities

The Chronic Pain Health Integration Team (HIT) conducted a survey of chronic pain service providers across Bristol and Bath during the summer months to see how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted them. The majority of services moved to online and...

Dementia studies across Bristol and Bath are now back up and running

COVID-19 has dealt a huge blow to research in many areas, including dementia, with many laboratories and research centres having to close their doors for months in order to stop the spread of the virus. Some facilities have reopened, with extra infection...

'Information About Me' campaign launched to help older people leave hospital when ready

A new campaign to support older people with frailty admitted to hospital in an emergency has launched today. Many people worry about the possibility of an emergency hospital admission, and the coronavirus pandemic will be heightening these concerns. The ...

Dementia HIT's COVID impact survey reveals key challenges facing dementia services

A survey done of 19 dementia services across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire has revealed the difficulties they have faced between May – July 2020. Issues around patient and carer safety were a key challenge for many care ho...

International call to action to enable everyone, everywhere to be physically active

Researchers from NIHR ARC West and the University of Bristol have contributed to the International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) ‘Eight Investments That Work for Physical Activity‘, released today. The #8Investments is a concise roa...

Bristol Ageing Better programme extended

Thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund, the Bristol Ageing Better programme has secured an extension to continue working across the city to make Bristol a more inclusive place for older people. The success of the programme is down to the dedicated...

Bristol University looking for people to participate in walking and retirement study

Researchers at University of Bristol are looking to speak to men and women who are close to retirement age, or who have recently retired, who do not currently do a lot of walking, to understand what would make it easier for them to walk more often. They a...

Health experts in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset share their ten tips to prevent stroke

On World Stroke Day (29 October), health experts in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire are encouraging people to take steps to lower their risk of having a stroke by following some essential lifestyle tips. A stroke can happen to anyone at...

SHIP HIT support major 3 year project secures nearly £500k in funding to tackle HIV inequalities in the African and Caribbean communities of Bristol

A major three-year-project is to launch in Bristol to work with people of African and Caribbean heritage to increase HIV testing and awareness and reduce the stigma of the virus. The project has been awarded a £483,697 Common Ambition Grant from The Hea...

Eating Disorders HIT share advice for those with eating disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is even more important to highlight and share sources of support and advice for people who have eating disorders, eating issues and other health conditions. Led by our PPI leads, the EDHIT team has produ...

Children needed for STORY study on how immune systems respond to COVID-19

A study looking at how children's immune systems respond to COVID-19, and to vaccines for other infectious diseases, is asking children under the age of 20 who live in the Bristol area to consider taking part. The research project is being run by the Bri...

Bristol Brain Centre looking for public contributors who have experience of REM sleep behaviour disorder

The Bristol Brain Centre, based at Southmead Hospital, is inviting people from Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire who are affected by REM sleep behaviour disorder to join a new patient and public involvement (PPI) group that is helping to s...

HIT Conference goes virtual to address the impact of COVID-19 and wider health inequalities

Bristol Health Partners held its annual Health Integration Team (HIT) Conference as an entirely virtual event this year because of the pandemic. The event, “COVID-19 Call to Action: What else can we achieve in health and social care?”, took place b...

ACE HIT's Ambassadors scheme featured in latest edition of Children & Young People Now

The latest edition of Children & Young People Now includes a special report on adverse childhood experiences (ACE). The report features an article on the ACE Ambassadors scheme that is a key part of the work of our Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Heal...

Latest newsletter from Sexual Health Improvement (SHIP) HIT

The latest newsletter from our Sexual Health Improvement Health Integration Team (SHIP HIT) covers updates and achievements from the team over the first half of the year. Highlights include:HIT funding renewalSHIP HIT's work with Fast Track CitiesCommon A...

New emergency care research hub for Bristol launched

The University of Bristol and UWE Bristol have joined forces with health care partners in the city to set up a collaborative research hub to improve the delivery of emergency care in Bristol and the surrounding area. The new hub, Research in Emergency Car...

2020 HIT annual conference presentations and interviews now available

The 2020 Bristol Health Partners Health Integration Team Conference took place as a virtual event over the course of four days (28 September - 1 October 2020). More information on the speakers and sessions can be found here.Presentations from the event an...

New self-harm information and navigation service now open

From Monday, 5 October 2020, Self Injury Support will be offering a self-harm information and navigation service open to anyone over 18 affected by self-harm, including those who self-harm, friends, family and people who work with people who self-harm. Th...

Good Grief Festival 30 Oct - 1 Nov - Over 100 speakers and 70 events announced

A free online festival exploring the many faces of grief will take place for the first time this October (30th to November 1st), reaching thousands of people all over the UK. Broadcast from a studio in Bristol, Good Grief will include 70 events exploring...

Discovery of a druggable pocket in the SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein could stop virus in its tracks

A druggable pocket in the SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein that could be used to stop the virus from infecting human cells has been discovered by an international team of scientists led by the University of Bristol. The researchers say their findings, published...

Invitation to participate in a study on trans and non-binary people's experiences of eating disorders

Researchers at the University of the West of England (UWE) would like to invite people to contribute to a study exploring trans/non-binary individuals’ experiences of eating disorders. The study is open to anyone over the age of 18 who identifies as...

How can we get pupils and staff back to school safely during COVID-19?

Ensuring pupils and staff stay safe when they return to school this autumn is a major challenge because there is very little scientific evidence on the incidence and transmission of COVID-19 within schools. A ground-breaking research project will test whe...

Have your say on ways to make Bristol work better for us all

Take part in the #WhoseBristol? social survey to help community organisations across the city, Bristol City Council and the University of Bristol understand how to make Bristol work better for us all. The survey takes only 15 minutes and you have a chance...

New adoption and spread guidance now available for HITs

Working with the West of England Academic Health Science Network (WEAHSN), Bristol Health Partners have created a guide to help Health Integration Teams (HITs) successfully spread the innovations and service improvements they develop. The guide...

Changes to the BHP core team

We recently welcomed Rachel Allbless to our team as our newest Senior Project Manager. Rachel will be supporting a number of our Health Integration Teams (HITs) and other BHP projects. Rachel joins us from the University of Bristol where she ha...

COVID-19 has highlighted the inadequate, and unequal, access to high quality green spaces

Professor Selena Gray is Co-Director of our Active People: Promoting Healthy Life Expectancy (APPHLE) HIT and a Professor of Public Health at the University of West of England (UWE). She is the co-author of this blog which was first published as a bmj opi...

Former Bristol Health Partners intern Megan Davies reflects on her unconventional journey into academia

Megan completed an internship with Bristol Health Partners in 2018 and has since grown her interest in health inequalities research. She now works as a postdoctoral researcher at Aarhus University looking at mental health and hospital/prescription data...

We need to admit that cycling and walking are completely different activities

Dr Suzanne Audrey is a Co-Director of our Supporting Healthy Inclusive Neighbourhood Environments Health Integration Team (SHINE HIT) and a senior research fellow in public health at the University of Bristol. She has an interest in the benefits that walk...

Dementia research badly affected by COVID-19

The development of new diagnostic tests and treatments for dementia is likely to be severely hampered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the charities that traditionally fund such work have lost much of their income, according to speakers at recent webin...

Latest paper says the NHS needs to work more effectively with analysts to maximise the potential of its data

In the latest paper to be published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, more than 20 data experts working in the NHS and health and care environment conclude that there are currently missed opportunities in the potential usage of NHS data.

Key dementia research facility protected thanks to BRACE

One of the most important facilities supporting dementia research in the country will continue its help in the fight against the disease thanks to an award of £140,000 by Bristol dementia research charity BRACE. BRACE is an active partner of the Dementia...

2019-20 Bristol Health Partners annual review now available

Our 2019-20 annual review is now available to view online. The review includes:Bristol Health Partners Chair Andrea Young's foreword for the annual review recognises how the strength of our unique partnership has resulted in the prestigious designation of...

SHINE HIT toolkits for active travel to school available on Travelwest

With more people taking an interest in being more active and looking at ways to help tackle climate change, active travel in the form of walking, cycling and scooting has become very popular. Our Supporting Healthy and Inclusive Neighbourhood Environments...

Dementia HIT study looks at barriers preventing BAME communities accessing dementia services

Members of the Dementia Health Integration Team (HIT) worked together with local Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) partners to produce a study that looks at the factors that create a reluctance for people living with dementia from certain BAME co...

Bristol Health Partners support new coronavirus info app for the UK

A new free-to-download app to help people navigate the coronavirus pandemic has been launched for Apple and Android devices. The ‘Coronavirus Support App (UK)’ has been created by Expert Self Care with support from Bristol Health Partners and eight ot...

APPHLE HIT Co-Director shares tips on walking routes in and around Bristol

Karen Lloyd, Co-Director of our Active Older People Health Integration Team (APPHLE HIT) and Bristol manager for Active Ageing has shared her recommendations for walking routes in and around Bristol.There have been more people embracing the opportunity to...

2019-20 highlights from the Stroke HIT

Dr Phil Clatworthy, Sara Blackmore, Dr Phil Simons, Chris Priestman and Stephen Hill reflect on the 2019-20 achievements of the Stroke Health Integration Team (Stroke HIT). In the last year, the stroke care pathway, which we have been heavily involved in...

Supporting Health Neighbourhood Environments (SHINE) HIT review of 2019-20

Professor Adrian Davis, Dr Suzanne Audrey and Sally Hogg, Directors of the Supporting Healthy Inclusive Neighbourhood Environments Health Integration Team (SHINE HIT), look back on the HIT’s achievements over the past 12 months. Over the past 12 months...

Parkinson's and Other Movement Disorders (MOVE) HIT review for 2019-20

Directors Dr Alan Whone and Lucy Mooney of the Parkinson’s and Other Movement Disorders Health Integration Team (MOVE HIT) look back at the team’s achievements in 2019-20. The MOVE HIT works to improve quality of life for people with Parkinson's and...

Marcus Grant, a health and spatial planning specialist, is a member of the Supporting Healthy Inclusive Neighbourhood Environments Health Integration Team (SHINE HIT) and an Expert Advisor to WHO's European Healthy City Network, and was involved in the de...

Psychological Therapies in Primary Care (InPsyTe) HIT reflect on 2019-20

Directors of the Psychological Therapies in Primary Care Health Integration Team (InPsyTe HIT), Dr David Kessler and Rick Cooper reflect on the HIT’s achievements over the past year. The local Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service i...

Resources We have successfully run the workshop in other regions and are committed to making the resources open for others to use and adapt for non-commercial endeavours. Example of digital health briefing document (PDF) - We provided participa...

Bristol Immunisation Group HIT's achievements in 2019-20

Bristol Immunisation Group (BIG) HIT Directors Professor Adam Finn, Dr Julie Yates and Dr Marion Roderick reflect on the team’s achievements over the past year. Over the past 12 months, the Bristol Immunisation Group Health Integration Team (BIG HIT) ha...

Health Integration Teams to receive £170k from Bristol Health Partners for 2020-21

Bristol Health Partners will invest £170k in its Health Integration Teams (HITs) this year. HITs requested funding from the partnership for a wide variety of projects planned for the year, with the majority receiving funding.In light of COVID-19, this fu...

ITHAcA HIT - its successes and sustaining its impact

The Avoiding Hospital Admissions Health Integration Team (ITHAcA HIT) has had some incredible successes in their research since it started in 2012, and officially closed as a HIT in 2020. The hard work of the team will continue to have an impact on urgent...

Drug and Alcohol HIT look back on 2019-20

Directors of the Drug and Alcohol Health Integration Team (HIT) Dr Kyla Thomas, Thara Raj and Dr Tim Williams reflect on the HIT’s work in the past year. During the last year, HIT members have been working together to develop evidence-based services to...

Bristol teams recognised by British Society for Rheumatology for outstanding PPI work

The rheumatology service teams from University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust and North Bristol NHS Trust have been awarded 'Best Practice' awards by the British Society of Rheumatology (BSR).The awards celebrate an innovative or parti...

2019-20 Kidney Disease HIT achievements

Kidney Disease (formerly known as Chronic Kidney Disease) Health Integration Team Director Dr Dominic Taylor, consultant nephrologist, North Bristol NHS Trust reviews the HIT’s achievements from the last 12 months. Around one in 10 people in the UK hav...

Dementia HIT highlights for 2019-20

Directors Dr Maria-Paloma Sequerios Camarinha and Dr Hilary Archer provide an update on the 2019-20 activity of the Dementia Health Integration Team (HIT). The Dementia HIT has undergone quite a transformation with new members and a key role working on a...

Adverse Childhood Experiences HIT look back on 2019-20

Directors Dr Jacqui Jensen, Professor John Macleod and Dr Jo Williams look back on what the newly formed HIT achieved in 2019-20. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) HIT was formed in 2019 and has been well supported by a wide range of partners. The f...

2019-20 Sexual Health Improvement Programme (SHIP) HIT achievements

Sexual Health Improvement Health Integration Team (SHIP HIT) Directors Dr Katy Turner, Dr Paddy Horner, Dr Jo Copping and Dr Emma Harding-Esch look back over the team’s achievements over the last year. Looking back over 2019-2020, it has certainly been...

Bristol Health Partners Academic Health Science Centre designation recognises excellence in health and care provision, research and innovation, education and training

Following a highly competitive process, Bristol Health Partners (BHP) is now one of only eight designated Academic Health Science Centres (AHSCs) in England. The AHSC will drive service change, leading to world-class health, clinical and economic outcomes...

Improving Perinatal Mental Health (IMPROVE) HIT reflect on 2019-20

Improving Perinatal Mental Health Health Integration Team (IMPROVE HIT) Directors Dr Jonathan Evans and Ruth Jackson reflect on the team’s achievements in the last year. In the past 12 months, we have focused on completing the evaluation of the current...

Bristol Bones and Joints HIT look back on 2019-20

Directors Associate Professor Emma Dures and Mr Sanchit Mehendale provide an update on the 2019-20 activity of the Bristol Bones and Joints Health Integration Team (HIT). The Bristol Bones and Joints HIT is a large and diverse team made up of patients, he...

STROKE HIT Co-Director and stroke survivor Stephen Hill takes on the 2.6 challenge

Stephen Hill (70) is one of our STROKE Health Integration Team (HIT) Co-Directors and lead for public involvement in research. He is also a public contributor on the Bristol Health Partners executive committee. Stephen is a stroke survivor who defied the...

2019-20 Improving Care in Self-Harm (STITCH) HIT successes

Improving Care in Self-Harm Health Integration Team (STITCH HIT) Directors Drs Becky Mars, Lucy Biddle and Sandra Walker reflect on the team’s achievements in 2019-20. The HIT welcomed two new directors, Dr Becky Mars (University of Bristol) and Dr Sand...

Active Older People (APPHLE) HIT review for 2019-20

Professor Selena Gray and Karen Lloyd-Pyrke, Directors of the Active Older People Health Integration Team (APPHLE HIT), give an update on their work in 2019/20. Last year we completed the REtirement in ACTion (REACT) study, a community, group-based...

2019-20 highlights from the Bladder and Bowel Confidence (BABCON) HIT

Directors Associate Professor Nikki Cotterill, Professor Marcus Drake and Consultant Colorectal Surgeon Kathryn McCarthy look back on what the newly formed HIT achieved in 2019-20.The Bladder and Bowel Confidence (BABCON) HIT was formed in 2019 with a foc...

New Better Care South West Partnership will join up data to improve and integrate care

Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) have announced a new partnership led by the University of Bristol that will join up data and improve patient care in the South West. The HDR UK Better Care South-West Partnership is being awarded £1.2 million over three...

Avoiding Hospital Admissions (ITHAcA) HIT review for 2019-20

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 2019-20. Over the year we have continued to focus on developing our u...

Chronic Pain HIT review for 2019-20

Update on the work of the Chronic Pain (formerly known as the Integrated Pain Management) Health Integration Team in 2019-2020 from Professor Candy McCabe, Dr Ali Llewellyn, and Lindsay Davies, April 2020. The past year has seen a review of the strategic...

Elizabeth Blackwell Institute reveals the first 25 COVID-19 research projects

The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Rapid Response Funding Call (COVID-19) has announced the first 25 research projects in response to the pandemic which include diagnostic research to increase the UK's testing capacity, new vaccines targets, understanding...

2019-20 Eating Disorders HIT successes

Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (ED HIT) Directors Dr Helen Malson and Dr Sanni Norweg look back on the team’s work over the last year. It was a busy year for our team and there are many achievements that we are proud of. In May 2019, we held...

BIG HIT Director coordinates University of Bristol efforts to fight COVID-19

Experts at the University of Bristol have come together to help in the fight against COVID-19. Bristol UNCOVER is the COVID Emergency Research group based at the university and is made up of around 30 senior academics and their teams. One of the group's c...

Latest Transport Department report pledges shift to public and active transport

The report, Decarbonising Transport – Setting the Challenge, outlines the government’s latest intentions to tackle climate change through drastic transport changes. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps states that 2020 will be the year that the governme...

UH Bristol and Weston Trusts merge to form University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) was formed on 1 April 2020 following the merger of the two trusts. The new Trust will deliver 100 different clinical services with a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff across 10 diff...

Kidney Disease HIT achievements

Kidney Disease HIT achievements Here are some of the highlights of what the Kidney Disease Health Integration Team has achieved so far.

Update: COVID-19 and BHP events - many are postponed or cancelled

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing pressures on the NHS, a number of Bristol Health Partners and health network events have been postponed or cancelled. Please check our Events page for the latest updates. If the event you were origin...

Bristol City Council, University of Bristol and City Office work together towards One City Approach

A new agreement between the Council, the University of Bristol and the City Office will see these organisations work more closely to achieve the aims set out under the Bristol One City Approach. The One City Approach was first published by Mayor Marvin Re...

Drug and Alcohol HIT event explore new ways to support people with prescription opioid dependence

On Wednesday, 4 March 2020, the Drug and Alcohol Health Integration Team (HIT) brought together service providers, service users, researchers and commissioners to discuss how to address prescription opioid dependence in Bristol, North Somerset and South G...

MOVE HIT's education day showcases latest complex therapies for Parkinson's

On Tuesday, 11 February 2020, the Parkinson's and Other Movement Disorders (MOVE) Health Integration Team (HIT) brought together over 100 clinicians from across the South West to learn more about the complex therapies available to support patients. North...

The Cleft Collective wins prestigious award for PPI work

The Cleft Collective team have won the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health/NIHR Paediatric Involvement and Engagement in Research (PIER) prize. The prize recognises significant contributions to excellent patient engagement for NIHR Clinical Resea...

Bristol Trials Centre (BTC) Collaborating with you to set up and manage studies, from grant application to publishing results The Bristol Trials Centre collaborates with researchers as academic partners to design and deliver studies. From turning r...

Local charity Above & Beyond will continue to support three HITs

Three of Bristol Health Partners (BHP) Health Integration Teams (HITs) will receive a further £30,000 in funding from Above & Beyond to help improve the health and quality of life of Bristol communities. In 2019, Above & Beyond secured independent...

Martha Sneyd looks back on her time as co-peer director of the Psychosis HIT

Martha has been part of the HIT since 2016 and her contribution has been extremely valuable to the team's work on improving support for people with psychosis. Here, she reflects on her time with the HIT.

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

The work of our Supporting Healthy Inclusive Neighbourhood Environments Health Integration team (SHINE HIT) co-director Dr Suzanne Audrey has made a direct impact on Bristol's Transport Strategy, which was finalised and adopted in 2019.

Introducing our two newest HITS: ACE and BABCON

From adverse childhood experiences to bladder and bowel confidence, our latest HITs will be tackling a range of challenges.

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. Carla is joining us on a full time basis and will be supporting several Health Integra...

SHINE HIT contributes to international journal on child friendly cities

Supporting the many initiatives that are helping to make Bristol a child friendly city is an important cross-cutting action to support healthier urban living for everyone. It is also an area of focus for our Supporting Healthy Inclusive Neighbourhood E...

Pilot service in South Glos helps patients with chronic pain reduce their use of opioids

Researchers at the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Evaluation of Interventions and NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) West have found that a new pilot service in South Gloucestershire is helping patients with chronic pain reduce their use o...

MOVE HIT increases exercise opportunities in Bristol for people with Parkinson's

Our Parkinson’s and other Movement Disorders (MOVE) Health Integration Team’s (HIT) patient and public involvement (PPI) group has worked with Parkinson’s UK to develop training sessions about the condition for exercise providers in the Bristol area.

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

Dawid is a computer science student at the University of West of England and has worked on a digital project at Bristol City Council over the past three months.

Woodburners – the uncomfortable truth

Jess is a GP working in West Walk Surgery in Yate, and a research fellow at the University of Bristol. She lives in St Werburghs with her husband, four children and a dog.

Breast screening film for women with learning difficulties launched at North Bristol Trust

A film made by and for women with learning disabilities to take the fear out of going for breast screenings launched and premiered at North Bristol NHS Trust in November.

NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre

The National Institute for Health and Care Research Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (NIHR Bristol BRC) is a partnership between University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Bristol.

Poor produce fewer traffic emissions than rich but are most affected – study finds

A study analysing vehicle emissions in relation to different parts of society in England and Wales has found that more affluent households emit the highest levels of traffic-related pollutants but the poor are most exposed to this form of pollution.

Urinary tract infection device could reduce need for precautionary antibiotics

University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) researchers are supporting clinicians at the North Bristol NHS Trust to develop a device that can diagnose urinary tract infections (UTI) in a matter of minutes. Current diagnostic testing takes a few days...

Evidence that tobacco smoking increases risk of depression and schizophrenia

A new study published today [Wednesday 6 November] in Psychological Medicine and led by University of Bristol researchers has found that tobacco smoking may increase your risk of developing depression and schizophrenia.

Study looked for links between teenage anxiety and later harmful drinking

Researchers at the University of Bristol have found evidence of an association between generalised anxiety disorder at age 18 and harmful drinking three years later, thanks to the long-term health study Children of the 90s.

New study finds children become less active each year of primary school

A new study from the University of Bristol has revealed a dramatic drop in children’s physical activity levels by the time they finish primary school. Between the ages of six and 11, children lost on average more than an hour of exercise in the week, wit...

Some complementary and alternative therapies to treat colic show promise

A review of the evidence on the use of complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies to treat babies with colic has shown some that some treatments - including probiotics, fennel extract and spinal manipulation - do appear to help, but that overall the e...

Children of abused mothers 50 per cent more likely to have low IQ

Children of women who reported domestic violence in pregnancy or during the first six years of the child's life are almost 50 per cent more likely to have a low IQ at age eight, research has found.

Doctors should avoid co-prescribing benzodiazepines to opioid dependent patients due to increase in overdose death

Doctors should avoid co-prescribing benzodiazepines to opioid dependent patients who are being treated with methadone or buprenorphine, also known as opioid agonist treatment (OAT), due to a three-fold increase in risk of overdose death, according to a s...

NIHR Applied Research Collaboration West

The National Institute for Health and Care Research Applied Research Collaboration West (NIHR ARC West) works with partner organisations, including the NHS, local authorities and universities, to conduct applied health research and implement research evid...

The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) in Bristol

The NIHR is the nation’s largest funder of health research. Bristol punches well above its weight in terms of NIHR funding. The city, through its universities and hospitals, hosts key NIHR infrastructure, and attracts millions in NIHR grant funding.

Avoidable admissions General avoidable admissions projects A tool to examine where an admission has been avoided. Funded by APCRC, led by Helen Baxter in collaboration with Bristol and South Gloucestershire CCGs Exploring the role of first aid edu...

BBC Parkinson’s documentary featuring HIT directors wins national award

A documentary featuring members of the Parkinson’s and Other Movement Disorders (MOVE) Health Integration Team has won Best Science Documentary at the Grierson 2019 British Documentary Awards.

£4.1 million cost saving forecast as result of safer syringes

Work conducted by our Drug and Alcohol HIT members has led to ‘low dead space’ syringes being phased into Bristol’s needle and syringe programme.

HIT helps people with Parkinson's to lead independent lives

Our Parkinson’s and other Movement Disorders HIT has been working closely with the charity Parkinson’s UK to embed their local advisor into clinics run at the Bristol Brain Centre.

HITs work together to help redesign of chronic pain patient pathway

Two of our HITS - Integrated Pain Management and Bristol Bones and Joints - have been working together to redesign how we plan and deliver chronic pain services, as part of Healthier Together’s wider reconfiguration of musculoskeletal services. The co...

Stroke HIT widens access to public consultation for stroke care

The Stroke HIT aphasia group created accessible resources with help from speech therapists and communications staff from Healthier Together.

APPHLE HIT work leads to over 8,000 older people becoming more active

Our Active Older People HIT and Active Ageing Bristol (AAB) are delivering the basis for a ‘prevention at scale’ programme through initiatives that help older people to be less isolated and to increase physical strength and mobility through combined fitn...

Bristol's Children of the 90s backed to continue its 'study of life'

Bristol's Children of the 90s study will be supported for the next five years through an established collaboration between the University of Bristol, the Medical Research Council and The Wellcome Trust.

Co-Director of MOVE HIT wins award

Lucy Mooney, Co-Director of the Movement Disorders Health Integration Team and Lead Movement Disorder Nurse Specialist at North Bristol NHS Trust, has won the Parkinson’s Disease Nurse Specialist Association Committee Award 2019.

John Halliwell reflects on a year with Bristol Health Partners

John Halliwell is completing a year’s secondment as Project Manager for Bristol Health Partners, supporting three of our Health Integration Teams.

Bristol researchers lead new national guidance on how to stay fit and healthy

Guidance on how the UK population can stay fit and healthy has been updated thanks to a major review led by the University of Bristol.

Genetic analyses indicate that the effect of being overweight and obesity on cancer risk is at least double than previously thought

The effect of being overweight and obesity on risk of cancer is at least twice as large as previously thought according to new findings by an international research team which included University of Bristol academics.

Poor diet can lead to blindness

An extreme case of "fussy" or "picky" eating caused a young patient’s blindness, according to a new case report published today [2 Sep 2019] in Annals of Internal Medicine. The University of Bristol researchers who examined the case recommend clinicians...

Generational study looks for biological links between adverse childhood experiences and self-harm

New research from the University of Bristol is the first to use a large generational family study to examine links between childhood trauma, the impact of inflammation and self-harm.

Helping Bedminster residents spend a penny: local toilet map updated by SHINE HIT

Bedminster residents are fortunate to have a map showing which local businesses will let them use their toilet facilities for free, which has just been updated. This map is produced by local activist Ben Barker, who is a member of SHINE HIT.

DistrACT app scoops BMA Patient Information Award

The distrACT app, developed in collaboration with the Bristol Health Partners' Improving Care in Self-Harm Health Integration Team (STITCH HIT), has won the British Medical Association Patient Information Award for wellbeing.

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

Zoe Trinder-Widdess has been Communications Manager with Bristol Health Partners for the last six years, but will be leaving the role at the end of September. Here she reflects on her time with the team.

Bristol Health Partners HIT Conference 2019 highlights

Bristol Health Partners Health Integration Teams took the opportunity to network, share ideas and hear from key speakers from the local health and care system, at their annual Health Integration Team (HIT) conference on 26 June 2019.

Bristol Health Partners supports photographic celebration of active living

Photographs showing that age is no barrier to active living are on free outdoor display on Bristol’s College Green in August, as part of a new drive to persuade older people to make bolder keep fit choices.

UH Bristol retains ‘Outstanding’ CQC rating

UH Bristol has once again been rated Outstanding by the CQC. In 2017 it was the first trust in the country to go from Requires Improvement to Outstanding, and is now the first to do this and then retain this rating,...

Bristol Health Partners co-hosts advancing analytics and AI event

On 9 July, analysts from across health, local authority and academic organisations joined Bristol Health Partners and Healthier Together at an event to explore how we can advance analytics locally.

Student-led hub for nutrition in medical education wins BBC Food and Farming Award

A student-led organisation that aims to promote the need for greater nutrition and lifestyle medicine training within medical education has won a prestigious award at this year’s BBC Food and Farming Awards.

ED HIT welcomes MPs’ recommendations to improve NHS services for people with eating disorders

Bristol Health Partners’ Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (ED HIT) has welcomed the findings of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) inquiry into NHS care for patients with eating disorders.

Programme to prevent cerebral palsy in pre-term babies wins HSJ Patient Safety Award

The quality improvement programme Prevention of Cerebral Palsy in PreTerm Labour (PreCePT), led by clinicians at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and at the West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), won a Health Service Jou...

Regional applied research collaboration CLAHRC West to become ARC West following £9m investment from NIHR

Applied research collaboration NIHR CLAHRC West has been awarded £9 million from the Government’s Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to become the Applied Research Collaboration West (ARC West) from 1 October 2019.

Understanding the unintended consequences of healthcare apps

Dr Andrew Turner discusses the move towards ‘digital first’ care, the possible unintended consequences of healthcare apps, and how the DECODE study aims to improve the adoption of a range of digital health tools in primary care.

Our partnership reflects core Bristol values

Our chair Andrea Young reflects on what 2018-19 has meant for Bristol Health Partners, a key year in our seven-year history. Andrea is also Chief Executive of North Bristol NHS Trust.

Eating Disorders HIT fifth research conference

People with lived experience of eating disorders, researchers and mental health professionals met for the Eating Disorders Health Integrations Team’s (EDHIT) fifth research conference on 17 May 2019.

Nominate a healthcare hero in the Bristol and Bath Health and Care Awards 2019

The Bristol and Bath Health and Care Awards are back to shine a light on the people who are literally saving lives every day.

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

Safer 20mph speed limits are here to stay in Bristol, with the results of Bristol City Council’s review leaving the limits in place across the city.

Bristol Immunisation Group review of 2018-19

Professor Adam Finn, Dr Julie Yates and Dr Marion Roderick, Directors of the Bristol Immunisation Group Health Integration Team (BIG HIT), give an update on the HIT's progress in 2018-19.​...

HITs secure £2.9 million in research funding in 2018-19

Bristol Health Partners Health Integration Teams (HITs) have attracted nearly £2.9 million in research funding to Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire during 2018-19, for nearly 40 different projects.

Improving Perinatal Mental Health HIT review for 2018-19

Dr Jonathan Evans, Director of the Improving Perinatal Mental Health Health Integration Team (IMPROVE HIT), gives an update on progress in 2018-19.

Improving Care in Self-Harm HIT's successes in 2018-19

Sue Dursley, Nik Munien and Lucy Biddell, Co-Directors of the Improving Care in Self-Harm Health Integration Team (STITCH HIT) give an update on the HIT's activities in 2018-19.

Tackling transport is Bristol citizens’ biggest concern

Zoe Trinder-Widdess and Zoe Banks Gross on the results of the Council's recent Quality of Life report, and what it tells us about the priorities of Bristolians.

2018-19 highlights from the Active Older People (APPHLE) HIT

Professor Selena Gray and Karen Lloyd, Directors of the Active Older People Health Integration Team, give an update on their work in 2018-19.

SHINE HIT review of 2018-19

Co-Directors of the Supporting Healthy Inclusive Neighbourhood Environments HIT (SHINE), Dr Adrian Davis and Dr Suzanne Audrey, reflects on their progress over the past 12 months.​...

Bristol Bones and Joints HIT looks back over 2018-19

Directors Dr Emma Clark, Associate Professor Emma Dures and Mr Sanchit Mehendale give an update on the 2018-19 activity of the Bristol Bones and Joints Health Integration Team (HIT).​...

Pitch yourself against real surgeons in a giant game of Operation

Surgeons from the National Institute for Health Research Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (NIHR Bristol BRC) will be challenging passers-by to a giant game of Operation in the Clifton Down Shopping Centre from 9am-4pm on 20 May.

Watch Overcoming Barriers: Autism in the Somali Community

‘Overcoming Barriers: Autism in the Somali community’ is a short film telling the stories of Bristol-based Somali families affected by autism, and the professionals who support them.

Prototype inventory of local health data sources published

A new list of the data sources in NHS, local authority and academic organisations that could be used for research and service planning has been published by Bristol Health Partners and the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute at the University of Bristol.

Chronic Kidney Disease HIT tele-clinics proof of concept published in BMJ Open

The Chronic Kidney Disease HIT has published its proof of concept study for tele-clinics for kidney transplant patients in BMJ Open. The study found that the tele-clinics were well received by patients, increased attendance rates and saved money.

3D-printed brains reveal Alzheimer’s secrets

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol)’s Health Tech Hub has printed three 3D brain models that show the effects of dementia on the organ, printed for Bristol based dementia charity BRACE.

HITs carers event offers information and support

Bristol Health Partners Health Integration Teams (HITs) ran an event in April for ‘informal’ carers who provide substantial, unpaid care and support for family members or friends.

Bristol Health Partners to invest £176k in its Health Integration Teams

Health Integration Teams (HITs) are set to benefit from £176k of investment from Bristol Health Partners in 2019-20. HITs requested funding from the partnership for a wide variety of projects, with the majority receiving funding.

£6.6m for major UK non-communicable disease prevention project

The University of Bristol in partnership with the Universities of Bath, West of England, Manchester, Reading and Cardiff and Bristol City Council and Greater Manchester Combined Authority has been awarded £6.6m by the UK Prevention Research Partnership.

Training for patient and public contributors in digital health and use of data

The first training session for patient and public contributors on digital health and use of data ran on 28 March, organised by Bristol Health Partners and People in Health West of England​. As far as we know, it's the first training of its kind in the UK...

Alzheimer's drug trial taking place at Southmead Hospital

ReMemBr Group, a joint University of Bristol and North Bristol NHS Trust research group based at Southmead Hospital, is one of 250 study sites around the world taking part in the Generation Program, a multinational trial of two new drugs which may be abl...

Avoiding Hospital Admissions HIT review of 2018-19

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 2018-19.

Sexual Health Improvement for Population and Patients HIT successes in 2018-19

Dr Katy Turner, Dr Paddy Horner, Dr Jo Copping and Dr Emma Harding-Esch look back over the work of the Sexual Health Improvement for Population and Patients Health Integration Team during 2018-19.

The 2018-19 work of the Psychological Therapies in Primary Care HIT

Dr David Kessler and Rick Cooper, Directors of the Psychological Therapies in Primary Care Health Integration Team (InPsyTe HIT), give an update on the HIT's work in 2018-19.

Eating Disorders HIT highlights for 2018-19

Helen Malson and Sanni Norweg, Directors of the Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (EDHIT), reflect on the team's work and achievements over the last year.

Drug and Alcohol Health Integration Team The Drug and Alcohol Health Integration Team (HIT) is a team of public health experts, academics, doctors and other professionals, working together to reduce the harm that can be caused by alcohol and substance us...

The Drug and Alcohol HIT's work in 2018-19

Kyla Thomas, Thara Raj and Tim Williams, Directors of the Drug and Alcohol Health Integration Team (HIT), reflect on their team’s work in 2018-19.​...

Stroke HIT's achievements in 2018-19

Dr Phil Clatworthy, Sara Blackmore, Chris Priestman, Stephen Hill, Dr Phil Simons and Emily Dodd give an update on what the Stroke Health Integration Team got up to in 2018-19.​...

The Child Injury Health Integration Team look back at 2018-19

Professor Julie Mytton, out-going Director, and Dr Toity Deave, in-coming Director of the Child Injury Health Integration Team (CIPIC HIT) give an update of the HIT's activities in 2018-19.​...

Dementia HIT successes in 2018-19

Dr Maria-Paloma Sequeiros Camarinha and Dr Hilary Archer Directors of the Dementia Health Integration Team (HIT), reflect on the team's work and successes in 2018-19.

Activities of the Chronic Kidney Disease HIT in 2018-19

Dr Fergus Caskey gives an update on the work of the Chronic Kidney Disease Health Integration Team (CKD HIT) over the last year.​...

NHS Long Term Plan: What would you do to improve autism and learning difficulty services?

Healthwatch Bristol and South Gloucestershire want to know #WhatWouldYouDo to improve care in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Drug and Alcohol HIT Director wins research prize

Dr Kyla Thomas has been jointly awarded the Society for the Study of Addiction (SSA) Fred Yates prize for researcher of the year 2019.

Highlights from the Parkinson's and Other Movement Disorders HIT in 2018-19

Dr Alan Whone and Lucy Mooney, Director and Deputy-Director of the Parkinson's and Other Movement Disorders Health Integration Team (MOVE HIT), give an update on the HIT's progress in 2018-19.

£1.1 million project to develop new biodegradable stents

A £1.1 million project to develop biodegradable stents for patients with severe vascular disease, which affects around one million people in the UK, has started thanks to Innovate UK funding.

Hepatitis C could be prevented worldwide by reducing transmission in people who inject drugs

Stepping up efforts to prevent transmission of hepatitis C among people who inject drugs, could reduce future infections by 43 per cent globally, according to a study by researchers at the University of Bristol.

Integrated Pain Management HIT looks back on 2018-19

Professor David Wynick and Lisa Buckle give an update on the work of the Integrated Pain Management Health Integration Team (IPM HIT) in 2018-19.

South Glos Director of Public Health Sara Blackmore joins Stroke HIT

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

Improving Care in Self-Harm HIT The Improving Care in Self-Harm Health Integration Team (HIT) is working to reduce the number of suicides in the Bristol area, by transforming understanding of self-harm across the health service and improving treatment an...

Rising above negative attitudes to dementia with the Restaurant that Makes Mistakes

Dementia Health Integration Team (HIT) Project Manager Julie Clayton on how attitudes to dementia are being challenged by projects like the Restaurant that Makes Mistakes.

Bristol Walking Alliance events during Bristol Walk Fest explore the walkability of Bristol

How walkable is Bristol? This is the question at the centre of Bristol Walking Alliance (BWA) events for 2019’s Bristol Walk Fest, which runs throughout May.

Child and adolescent anxiety could be linked to later alcohol problems

New research led by the University of Bristol has found some evidence that children and adolescents with higher levels of anxiety may be at greater risk of developing alcohol problems.

‘Overcoming Barriers: Autism in the Somali community’ film premiere

‘Overcoming Barriers: Autism in the Somali community’ is a short film telling the stories of Bristol-based Somali families affected by autism, and the professionals who support them. It is being premiered on 3 April at the Watershed.

‘Body positive’ social media content can lift body image and mood, new study finds

Viewing social media content aimed at challenging mainstream beauty ideals can boost body confidence among young women, a new study has revealed.

An introduction to digital health and use of data for patients and the public

Bristol Health Partners and People in Health West of England are running an innovative pilot training session on digital health and use of data.

Mindfulness found to improve mental health of students

Mental health amongst university students could be improved by introducing mindfulness training. These are the findings from the first UK study to measure the efficacy of mindfulness based cognitive therapy on students.

Could genetic breakthrough finally help take the sting out of mouth ulcers?

A large breakthrough has been made in the genetic understanding of mouth ulcers which could provide potential for a new drug to prevent or heal the painful lesions.

Chief Scientific Advisor visits South Gloucestershire to understand how research can help public health challenges in the region

One of the government's top scientific advisors visited South Gloucestershire Council, to understand the public health challenges of South Gloucestershire, and how research can help address them.

Drinking in pregnancy could affect children’s mental health

New research led by the University of Bristol has found children whose mothers drink during pregnancy could be at greater risk of mental health problems, particularly anxiety, depression and conduct disorder.

North Bristol Trust has taken part in a pioneering trial offering hope for restoring brain cells damaged in Parkinson’s

North Bristol Trust has taken part in a pioneering trial programme by offering patients with Parkinson’s an experimental treatment directly to the brain to see if it is possible to restore the cells damaged by the disease.

MOVE Health Integration Team stars in BBC documentary

The groundbreaking work of the Parkinson's and Other Movement Disorders Health Integration Team (HIT) is the focus of a two-part BBC documentary airing on 28 February and 7 March.

CLAHRC West's health economist Myles Linton on his secondment to Second Step

Dr Myles Linton, a health economist in NIHR CLAHRC West’s efficiency team, has been on secondment to mental health charity Second Step for one day a week since September 2018. Here he gives tips on how researchers can make a difference with a secondment.

Health and social care commissioners hear about HITs at special seminar

Health and social care commissioners came together at City Hall for a special seminar to hear about the work of Health Integration Teams, attended by over 60 people.

Global study finds high success rate for hip and knee replacements

After reviewing thousands of case studies going back 25 years across six countries, generalisable survival data is now available for the first time to estimate how long hip and knee replacements are likely to last.

Bristol developed self-harm support and suicide prevention app gains place on NHS Apps Library

With young people’s mental health hitting the headlines, a Bristol-developed free app giving people easy, quick and discreet access to reliable information and advice about self-harm and suicidal thoughts is now included on the NHS Apps Library.

Thinking positive during pregnancy? You could be helping your child's ablity in maths and science

Your attitude during pregnancy could have an effect on your child’s ability in maths and science, according to a new study published by Frontiers in Psychology today (Friday 8 February). Using data from Bristol’s Children of the 90s study the re...

Dementia awareness in faith-led communities project gains funding

A Bristol Community Health grant has opened the door to enabling members of Sikh and Hindu communities in Bristol to improve their understanding of dementia.

Low dead space materials launched at Bristol event

More than 70 people gathered to hear about a project to produce materials to promote the use of safer low dead space injecting equipment on Thursday 24 January.

Study finds community-based physical activities for older adults are suitable following joint replacement

A study commissioned by the Active Older People Health Integration Team (APPHLE HIT) has found that community-based physical activities for older people are suitable for those who've had a joint replacement.

Movement disorders HIT publishes interactive pathway for Duodopa treatment

The Movement Disorders Health Integration Team has published its first interactive pathway which describes the services and support patients can expect when they are being considered for treatment with Duodopa.

Great turn out for Movement Disorders HIT research showcase

More than 100 people with movement disorders, those close to them, health professionals and researchers came to an event on 22 January to discuss hot topics in research.

Needle and syringe programmes are highly cost-effective at preventing hepatitis C transmission

Providing clean injecting equipment through needle and syringe programmes is a highly cost-effective way of preventing hepatitis C (HCV) transmission among people who inject drugs and could save millions of pounds in infection treatment costs in the UK.

New kidney research sheds light on harms of certain drugs

Scientists have identified an enzyme that is a “master regulator” of kidney function that if excessively suppressed, can trigger renal failure. Their findings have implications for the use of existing drugs and the development of new pharmaceuticals.

Funding opportunity to work with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector on hyvr

The West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) is inviting organisations from the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector to submit proposals for funding between £500 and £10,000, to encourage innovation using 'hyvr'.

Teens keep active despite asthma or eczema, study finds

A fresh look by the University of Bristol at how teenagers are affected by their asthma, eczema or obesity has some reassuring findings published in BMJ Open.

NHS 10-year plan: researchers warn online GP consultations need careful implementation and rigorous evaluation before widespread adoption

Research led by NIHR CLAHRC West and CAPC at the University of Bristol found that unless GP online consultation systems are carefully implemented, they won’t yield the benefits policymakers hope for in the NHS 10 year plan.

The Health Innovation Programme: Practical support for innovators in the West of England

The West of England Academic Health Science Network's Health Innovation Programme is open for healthcare innovators who want practical support to navigate the NHS business landscape.

Why predicting what you expect to happen adds value to research

Gareth Hooper, Health and Social Care Commissioning Manager, NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, writes about how to come up with good hypotheses at the start of an intervention.

Exploring AI in health and care – how do we get it right?

Dr Sophie Taysom is an independent policy analyst at Keyah Consulting. Here she reflects on the discussions at the Bristol Health Partners AI in Health and Care: How do we get it right? event that took place on 28 November.

BMI is a good measure of health after all, new study finds

A new study from the University of Bristol supports body mass index (BMI) as a useful tool for assessing obesity and health.

New collaboration agreement means future is bright for Bristol Health Partners

Our funding partner organisations have signed a new Bristol Health Partners collaboration agreement for the next three years. This agreement secures our funding until 2021, allowing the vital work of the HITs and partnership to continue.

Wellcome Trust Scholarships for the Law School’s LLM in Health, Law, and Society

Applicants to the September 2019 intake of the University of Bristol’s groundbreaking LLM in Health, Law, and Society are invited to apply to a scholarship scheme that is generously funded by the Wellcome Trust.

British Heart Foundation announces two new fellowships for nurses and allied health professionals

The British Heart Foundation has announced two new fellowship schemes for nurses and allied health professionals.

Stroke HIT launches with films, marketplace and presentations

The Bristol Health Partners Stroke Health Integration Team (HIT) held a special launch event on 16 November, bringing together more than 80 people, including those who have experienced stroke, their friends and family, professionals who support them, res...

Rhiannon Wilson and John Halliwell join the Bristol Health Partners team

Our Health Integration Teams (HITs) are benefitting from some extra project management support thanks to Rhiannon Wilson and John Halliwell joining the team on secondment.

Research that reduced cot deaths across the world is recognised as one of UK’s best breakthroughs

A University of Bristol study which showed lives could be saved if babies were placed on their backs - and not their fronts - to sleep, has today been named as one of the UK’s 100 best breakthroughs by Universities UK for its significant impact on peop...

Community choir aim for download chart success with song  celebrating the NHS

A song celebrating the NHS in its 70th year has been released in the charts by a Bristol choir to raise money for their local hospital this Christmas.

Nikki Cotterill awarded Florence Nightingale Foundation Leadership Scholarship

Associate Professor in Continence Care Dr Nikki Cotterill has been awarded a prestigious Florence Nightingale Foundation Leadership Scholarship to develop her work in bladder and bowel continence care.

What are the cost-effective implants in hip replacement surgery?

New research led by the Hip Implant Prosthesis Study team at the University of Bristol Medical School has shown that small-head cemented metal-on-plastic hip replacements are the most cost-effective in men and women older than 65 years.

Professor Sarah Purdy becomes new Director of CLAHRC West

Professor Sarah Purdy, Head of the University of Bristol’s Medical School, is the new Director of NIHR CLAHRC West.

Requests for emergency contraception could be an important sign of abuse

Women who experience domestic violence and abuse (DVA) are more than twice as likely to seek emergency contraception as other women, according to a study by NIHR-funded researchers at the University of Bristol and Queen Mary University of London.

New materials designed with people who inject drugs to promote the benefits of low dead space equipment

New posters, a booklet and an animation, co-designed by service users from Bristol Drugs Project, are being launched on 24 January to promote the benefits of low dead space injecting equipment for people who inject drugs, alongside broader harm reduction...

First UK estimates of children who could have conditions caused by drinking in pregnancy revealed

Up to 17 per cent of children could have symptoms consistent with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) according to new research published on 30 November in Preventative Medicine.

Healthwatch Bristol GP survey

Healthwatch Bristol​ is inviting members of the public to take part in a GP survey called Your GP is Changing.

SHIP submits written evidence to Health and Social Care Committee inquiry into sexual health

The Sexual Health Improvement Programme (SHIP) Health Integration Team (HIT) has submitted written evidence to the Health and Social Care Committee inquiry into sexual health​​.

New psychological intervention proves ‘life-changing’ for women experiencing domestic abuse

Training domestic violence and abuse (DVA) advocates to deliver psychological support to women experiencing DVA could significantly improve the health of those affected, a randomised controlled trial led by the University of Bristol has shown.

Briefing – AI in health care: how do we get it right?

Today Bristol Health Partners publishes a briefing on ‘AI in health and care’. This is ahead of our event taking place on Wednesday 28 November 2018, which will be a discussion about this important topic.

Psychotic experiences could be caused by trauma in childhood

Researchers at the University of Bristol have established greater evidence for a causal link between trauma in childhood and psychotic experiences at 18 years old.

South West drivers urged to be ‘Bike Smart’ as those on two wheels account for more than a third of the deaths and serious injuries on the region’s roads

More than a third (36 per cent) of all deaths and serious injuries on roads in the South West, in 2017, were bike riders (cyclists and motorcyclists). On average, a cyclist or motorcyclist is killed or seriously injured every hour, on British roads.

Bristol’s medics support 20mph speed limits in Road Safety Week

Bristol’s medics, including doctors from the children’s hospital and the city’s emergency departments, are showing their support for the city’s safer 20mph speed limits during Road Safety Week 19-25 November.

More adults are using complementary and alternative medicine in England but access is unequal, finds survey

Use of practitioner-led complementary and alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, massage, osteopathy and chiropractic treatment, rose from 12 per cent of the population in 2005 to 16 per cent of the population in 2015, according to a CAPC survey.

Popular drug combination for treatment resistant depression is not more effective than a single antidepressant in primary care

A large clinical trial led by the University of Bristol and published in the British Medical Journal, looked at the effectiveness of adding mirtazapine to an SSRI or SNRI in patients who remain depressed after at least six weeks of conventional treatment...

Incarceration is likely to increase HIV and HCV transmission among people who inject drugs, new study finds

New research led by the University of Bristol has found among people who inject drugs, that recent incarceration was associated with an 81 per cent and 62 per cent increase in HIV and HCV acquisition risk, respectively.

We must reconsider the dominance of cars on most of Bristol's streets

Dr Suzanne Audrey is senior research fellow in public health at the University of Bristol with an interest in the health benefits of walking. She is co-director of the SHINE HIT.

Enter your photo for our Stroke HIT launch exhibition on 15 November

As part of the Stroke Health Integration Team (HIT) launch on 15 November, we're running a photo exhibition on the themes of ‘What makes me smile’ and ‘What helps my recovery’.

Bristol people with experience of stroke tell their stories for World Stroke Day on 29 October

Every year, 1,300 people in the Bristol area have a stroke, and half of those people will have a lasting disability. World Stroke Day is on 29 October 2018, so the Stroke HIT is marking the day with the stories of local people with experience of stroke.

Cities celebrate healthcare heroics at Bristol and Bath Health and Care Awards

The 2018 Bristol and Bath Health and Care Awards ceremony gave thanks to all those who make up the sector - from receptionists to researchers. Find out who the winners were in the ten award categories.

Study of 500,000 people clarifies the risks of obesity

Elevated body mass index (BMI) – a measure of weight accounting for a person’s height - has been shown to be a likely causal contributor to population patterns in mortality, according to a new study led by the University of Bristol.

Experts call for health system change to tackle the challenge of multimorbidity in the NHS

The number of people with multiple long-term conditions, known as multimorbidity, is rising internationally, putting increased pressure on health care systems, including the NHS. Researchers from the 3D Study are hosting a conference with RCGP.

People needed to share their experience of dementia or memory problems

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.

Researchers explore ups and downs of early parenthood thanks to new funding

New Wellcome Trust funding means researchers from the University of Bristol can undertake a new study exploring fathers' early parenting experiences.

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

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.

How did the pedestrian cross the road? The good, the bad and the reasons why pedestrian crossings are important

An event on Tuesday 16 October, 6.45-8.30pm at the Watershed, Harbourside offers an opportunity to share ideas and opinions about the best ways to ensure people in Bristol can cross the road safely and conveniently.

Preparing sexual health services for the challenge of antibiotic resistant (AMR) bacteria

On Friday 21 September, the Sexual Health Improvement Programme (SHIP) Health Integration Team (HIT) and BASHH (British Association of Sexual Health and HIV) hosted an open event focused on antimicrobial resistance in sexual health.

Advice is a lifeline for people claiming benefits – but support services are under threat from cutbacks

Michelle Farr, Senior Research Associate at NIHR CLAHRC West, on her research on how advice services offer a lifeline for people who have health conditions or disabilities. These services are under threat after years of austerity.

GPs learn about barriers to dementia diagnosis in BME communities

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.

Evidence that increased BMI causes lower mental wellbeing

There is an increasing need to prevent obesity because of the consequences for mental as well as physical health, new research by academics at the University of Bristol has found.

Co-designing psychosis peer support in mental health inpatient wards

Mental health inpatient wards can be traumatising for people with psychosis. Bristol Health Partners and CLAHRC West want to co-design peer support to address the root causes of this and help rewrite the psychosis narrative.

Health Integration Teams secure nearly £1.5 million in the first quarter of 2018/19

Bristol Health Integration Teams (HITs) have secured £1,438,000 of funding in the first quarter of 2018/19. This impressive contribution to the local health and care system is the result of efforts from a range of HITs.

Healthier Together play Partnerology

On 6 September, some of the Healthier Together team met up with intrepid colleagues from BNSSG CCG, UHBristol, Sirona Care and Health and Bristol Community Health for a spot of Partnerology.

Bristol Transport Consultation launched

Bristol City Council has launched the Bristol Transport Consultation, which is open until 2 November. Transport plays a big part in all of our daily lives. The draft Bristol Transport Strategy sets out the Council's vision and ambition for transport.

The Care Forum's new Voice and Influence Partnership: ensuring voices are heard

The Care Forum has set up the Voice and Influence Partnership to support individuals, groups and communities whose voices are not always heard to have their say in shaping Bristol’s future.

Prescribing antibiotics for children with cough in general practice does not reduce the risk of hospitalisation

Doctors and nurses often prescribe antibiotics for children with cough and respiratory infection to avoid return visits, symptoms getting worse or hospitalisation.

Considering a career as a clinical academic but want to experience life as a researcher first?

The Universities of Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter have launched their clinical primer scheme. Applications are welcome from medical, veterinary and dental graduates for six month biomedical / health research “primer” projects.

Bristol and Bath Health and Care Awards finalists revealed

The finalists for the 2018 Bristol and Bath Health and Care Awards have been announced. The Bristol Post and Bath Chronicle were inundated with stories of incredible care and treatment across our two cities.​...

Think Family Database shows how joining up data can add value

Bristol Health Partners has a strategic programme called ‘Using Data Better’. Part of the work promotes the use of data to improve health and care outcomes through research and service planning. The local Think Family Database shows how this can happen...

SHINE Director Adrian Davis to take on new transport and health professorship

Edinburgh Napier University has appointed Adrian Davis to the groundbreaking position of Professor of Transport & Health. Adrian is a Director of the Supporting Healthy Inclusive Neighbourhood Environments (SHINE) ​Health Integration Team (HIT).

Innovative research into the link between the urban environment and health urgently needed

Researchers are calling for more innovative studies into the link between changes to urban neighbourhoods and their impact on residents’ mental health and wellbeing. The research team at the University of Bristol and NIHR CLAHRC West reviewed existing st...

New study on public attitudes to dementia launches survey

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.

Seven reasons Einstein would support 20mph

Almost every issue 20mph raises is energy related and the answer to each, along with many of our urban challenges, can be found by looking for the lowest energy solution.

Members of RuBICoN continue to tackle antibiotic resistance

Since closing in April 2017, members of the Respiratory Infections HIT have continued to do work that seeks to provide advice and support for parents and patients, and to reduce antibiotic use in the treatment of respiratory infections.

Bans on gluten-free prescribing save the NHS money in the short-term but the impact on patients is unclear

Full or partial bans on GPs prescribing gluten-free (GF) foods to people with coeliac disease save the NHS money in the short-term. But the impact on patients is unknown, NIHR-funded researchers at the University of Bristol have warned.

Weight differences contribute to heart health in the young

Increased weight in young adults is likely to cause higher blood pressure and a thickening of the heart muscle, according to findings by the University of Bristol published in the American Heart Association’s journal on 30 July...

Patients undergoing hip replacement may be at lower risk of infection

Researchers from the Musculoskeletal Research Unit at the University of Bristol have identified the most important risk factors for developing severe infection after hip replacement.

Depression and antidepressants are associated with an increased risk of venous thromboembolism

In the first review of its kind, new research has found that depression and the use of antidepressants are each associated with an increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE).

Safer 20mph speed limits in Bristol are under threat - here's what you can do to protect them in your area

Bristol City Council is consulting on 20mph speed limits in Bristol, with 83 20mph roads and six 30mph roads up for review.​ If you're concerned that a move back to 30mph is not the direction the city should be travelling in, here's what you can do.

Gosport may have a negative impact on end-of-life care in general practice

Researchers from the University of Bristol have highlighted the potentially negative impact the deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital may have on end-of-life care delivered at home.

Depression during pregnancy rises in a generation

Anxiety and depressive symptoms during pregnancy have risen by 51 per cent within a generation according to findings from a major study by the University of Bristol published last week...

Calling all medics who support 20mph

Bristol's 20mph limits are under threat, as Bristol City Council is consulting on increasing the speed limit from 20mph on 83 roads, with only six 30mph roads up for review. We want the health community in Bristol to voice their support for 20mph.

2018 HIT conference highlights

Bristol Health Partners Health Integration Teams had their annual opportunity to network, share ideas and hear from key speakers from the local health and care system, at the annual Health Integration Team (HIT) conference on 15 June.

High blood pressure in pregnancy linked to mother's heart function

Pregnant women who develop high blood pressure, or have small babies, may have hearts that pump less blood with each beat.

£1.7 million awarded to tackle domestic violence in low and middle-income countries

Professor Gene Feder at the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care has been awarded £1.7 million by the National Institute for Health Research to fund a Global Health Group for research into health systems responses to violence against...

How Bristol’s research and teaching has helped shape the NHS and save lives

Today we celebrate 70 years of the NHS - the first universal health care system to be established anywhere in the world...

Bristol thinking globally for health

Rachael Gooberman-Hill, Director of Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research, University of Bristol, describes the Institute's innovative approach to global health challenges. Another Bristol Firsts blog to mark NHS70.

Can your postcode determine when you die? Rife Magazine film explores inequality in Bristol

Rife Magazine has produced a film exploring the stark inequalities between neighbouring suburbs in North Bristol. If you live in Southmead, you can expect to die nine and half years before your neighbours in Henleaze.

20mph limits benefit everyone in Bristol, from the youngest to the oldest

Supporters of 20mph limits – which research has shown is seven out of 10 adults surveyed – need to make their voices heard. Bristol City Council’s consultation on the safer speed limits includes 83 20mph roads and six 30mph roads up for review.

Can peer power make teenage girls more active?

A new study by the University of Bristol will test whether teenage girls’ activity levels can be increased through deliberate intervention from their peers, rather than their families or teachers.

Results of the largest ever multimorbidity trial in primary care challenge current thinking

In the largest ever trial of an intervention to treat people with multiple long-term conditions in primary care, researchers found that the patient-centred approach taken improved patients’ experience of their care but not quality of life.

“I pushed all I could - out came a baby who was pale, limp and did not cry”

Professor Marianne Thoresen describes her groundbreaking work to prevent brain injuries in new-born babies who have been starved of oxygen by cooling them.

Happy staff=happy patients: How the SPEaC app came to be

Anne Frampton, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, and Andrew Hollowood, Clinical Chair, both at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, describe the development of the SPEaC Happy App.

Stroke HIT appoints two new public contributor Directors

The Stroke Health Integration Team (HIT) has appointed Stephen Hill and Chris Priestman as co-Directors and joint patient and public involvement (PPI) leads​. Both Stephen and Chris are stroke survivors.

Comic launch and art exhibition challenge obesity stigma

A new comic exploring how our culture stigmatises larger body sizes is launching in Bristol on 19 July, as part of an exhibition running from 17 to 21 July.

Death of SHINE HIT's Peter Wilkinson

Peter Wilkinson, a Bristol parks manager and member of the Healthy Neighbourhood Environments (SHINE) HIT, has died aged 57.

MOVE HIT runs first ever Duodopa support group meeting for patients and carers

The Movement Disorders Health Integration Team ran the country’s first Duodopa support group meeting this month.

Support 20mph safer speeds in Bristol? You are not alone

Bristol City Council is consulting on 20mph limits in Bristol. If you are one of the seven out of 10 who supports 20mph, then the consultation is your chance to show your support, both where you live and in other areas of the city.

Our 2017-18 annual review is out now

Our 2017-18 annual review highlights the milestones and achievements of our strategic partnership, which works to improve the health of people living in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, and the services on which they rely.

David Relph, who has been Director of Bristol Health Partners since 2014, left the role in April 2018. Here he pays tribute to the people he's worked with, as well as the power of the partnership and the Health Integration Team model.

A year of ups and downs: Bristol Health Partners chair Andrea Young reflects on 2017-18

In this blog post, originally published as the foreword of our 2017-18 annual review, Bristol Health Partners Chair Andrea Young reflects on the ups and downs of our partnership over the last year.

Giving birth to Children of the 90s

Professor Jean Golding, who has been announced as one of the National Institute for Health Research's seven NHS70 research legends, tells the story of developing Children of the 90s, a unique cohort study spanning three generations in the Bristol area.

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

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

Bristol research and partner highlights in 2017-18

From reporting the findings of the largest ever prostate cancer trial to causing a media stir with a review of research on the effects of low alcohol consumption during pregnancy, Bristol-based research has made a big impression again this year.

Bristol Health Partners: the early years

Professor Peter Mathieson, who is now Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, was the first Director of Bristol Health Partners. Here he talks about the early days of the partnership. This blog is part of the Bristol Firsts series.

How drum n bass prepared Lisa King for her new role as Bristol Health Partners Chief Operating Officer

Lisa King, who has recently taken on the role of Bristol Health Partners Chief Operating Officer, on the challenges and rewards of working in partnership in the complex world of health and care.

David Wynick's reflections on his involvement in Bristol Health Partners

David Wynick, Chair of the Bristol Health Partners Executive Group and one of the architects of the partnership, reflects on his time working with Bristol Health Partners and looks ahead to the local bid to become an Academic Health Science Centre.

The accidental epidemiologist

The University of Bristol's Professor Peter Fleming describes the work that led to the Back to Sleep campaign, which advised parents to put their babies to sleep on their backs to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, saving 25,000 babies' lives.

The Bristol Self-Harm Surveillance Register: the first ‘real time’ register in the UK

Salena Williams, Senior Nurse in the Psychiatric Liaison team at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, writes about the creation and development of the Bristol Self-Harm Surveillance Register. Salena is also a Director of the Improving Care in Self-Harm Health In...

Local winners at the BMJ Awards

Two local teams were winners at the 2018 BMJ Awards on 10 May. North Bristol NHS Trust and the West of England Academic Health Science Network both came away with coveted awards at the glittering ceremony held in London.

New student health app to support students and universities

A newly re-designed app is now available to empower university students to take better care of their health. Providing relevant and reliable information on over 150 mental and physical health issues, the Student Health App is free to download.

Why checklists are like toothbrushes:  the development and spread of the Emergency Department safety checklist

Dr Emma Redfern, ED consultant at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, writes about the creation and development of their Emergency Department (ED) safety checklist which is now being rolled out nationally, as part of our Bristol Firsts blog series.

Successes of the Dementia HIT in 2017-18

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.

Bristol Bones and Joints HIT looks back over 2017-18

Directors Dr Emma Clark, Associate Professor Emma Dures and Mr Sanchit Mehendale give an update on the 2017-18 activity of the Bristol Bones and Joints Health Integration Team (HIT).

2017-18 highlights from the Bristol Network for Equality in Early Years Health and Wellbeing (BoNEE)

Dr Patricia Lucas and Dr Jo Williams, Directors of the Bristol Network for Equality in Early Years Health and Wellbeing (BoNEE), look back on the team's highlights for 2017-18.

Olly Watson on the impact of our intern Megan Davies's work

Olly Watson, Senior Project Manager at Bristol Health Partners, on the impact of Megan Davies's work with us. Megan has been working with Bristol Health Partners on an internship for the past three months.​...

Our intern Megan Davies on her time with Bristol Health Partners

Megan Davies, who has been working with Bristol Health Partners on an internship for the past three months, reflects on what she's learned during her time in Bristol.

The very Big Book of Bristol Healthy Schools

Julie Coulthard, Public Health Principal in Bristol City Council’s Young People’s Public Health Team, describes the development of the Big Book of Bristol Healthy Schools, an A2 book of photos and illustrations made by local school children.

Improving Perinatal Mental Health HIT review for 2017-18

Dr Jonathan Evans and Inge Shepherd, Directors of the Improving Perinatal Mental Health Health Integration Team (IMPROVE HIT), give an update on progress in 2017-18.

The Avoiding Hospital Admission HIT's achievements in 2017-18

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 2017-18.

Highlights for 2017-18: Eating Disorders HIT

Hugh Herzig, Helen Malson and Sanni Norweg, Directors of the Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (EDHIT), reflect on the team's work and achievements over the last year.

Psychological Therapies in Primary Care HIT looks back at 2017-18

Dr Nicola Wiles and Dr David Kessler, Directors of the Psychological Therapies in Primary Care Health Integration Team (InPsyTe HIT), give an update on the HIT's work in 2016-17.

Sexual Health Improvement for Population and Patients HIT successes in 2017-18

Dr Katy Turner, Dr Paddy Horner and Thara Raj look back over the work of the Sexual Health Improvement for Population and Patients Health Integration Team during 2017-18.

Bristol Immunisation Group looks back at 2017-18

Professor Adam Finn, Dr Julie Yates and Dr Marion Roderick, Directors of the Bristol Immunisation Group Health Integration Team (BIG HIT) give an update on the HIT's progress in 2017-18.

Bristol Health Partners milestones in 2017-18

This timeline from April 2017 to March 2018 showcases some of the key moments in the year for Bristol Health Partners.

Championing patient and public involvement on the Bristol Health Partners Executive Group

Martin Gregg, one of two public contributors on the Bristol Health Partners Executive Group, reflects on his time in this key leadership role, which he leaves this summer.

The search is on again for Bristol and Bath's healthcare heroes

The Bristol Post and Bath Chronicle Health and Care Awards are back for a third year, and this time round the event is being extended to Bath, to shine a light on even more healthcare heroes across the two cities.

2017-18 highlights from the Active Older People (APPHLE) HIT

Professor Selena Gray, Director of the Active Older People Health Integration Team (APPHLE HIT), gives an update on their work in 2017-18.

SHINE HIT's achievements in 2017-18

Co-Director of the Supporting Healthy Inclusive Neighbourhood Environments HIT (SHINE), Dr Adrian Davis, reflects on progress over the past 12 months.

The Stroke HIT gives an update on what they've done so far and their hopes for next year

Dr Phil Clatworthy, Dr Ann Sephton, Professor Mark Pietroni and Emily Dodd give an update on what the Stroke Health Integration Team - our newest HIT - has done so far and their hopes for the year ahead.

 Bristol researchers use gene editing to improve red blood cell transfusion compatibility

Synthetic biologists at the University of Bristol have succeeded in generating laboratory-made red blood cells with rare blood group types that could one day be used to help patients who cannot be matched with donor blood.

Bristol Law School's LLM in Health, Law and Society

If you are interested in the relationships between health and law, and want a degree that gives you diverse career opportunities, then the University of Bristol Law School's LLM in Health, Law, and Society provides the answer.

Child Injury Health Integration Team highlights in 2017-2018

Dr Julie Mytton, Director of the Child Injury Health Integration Team (CIPIC HIT) gives an update of the HIT's activities in 2017-18.

Highlights from the Psychosis Health Integration Team

Psychosis Health Integration Team (HIT) Directors Dr Sarah Sullivan, Dr Simon Downer, James Robinson and Martha Sneyd give an update on the team's activities in 2017-18.

Achievements of the Parkinson's and Other Movement Disorders HIT

Dr Alan Whone, Director of the Parkinson's and Other Movement Disorders Health Integration Team (MOVE HIT), gives an update on the HIT's progress in 2017-18.​...

A year of successes for the Drug and Alcohol HIT

Kyla Thomas, Leonie Roberts, Katherine Williams and Tim Williams, Directors of the Drug and Alcohol Health Integration Team (HIT), reflect on their team’s work in 2017-18.

The Chronic Kidney Disease HIT report on their work in 2017-18

Dr Udaya Udayaraj and Dr Fergus Caskey give an update on the work of the Chronic Kidney Disease Health Integration Team (CKD HIT) over the last year.

A call to policymakers to change transport planning so children can lead active lives

Dr Adrian Davis, Director of SHINE HIT, is among a group of public health experts, clinicians and transport specialists making a call on government to improve active travel infrastructure so children can lead active lives.

Buprenorphine may be a safer opioid substitute than methadone but only if treatment duration is longer, study suggests

The less commonly prescribed opioid substitute buprenorphine may be safer than methadone for problem opioid users, especially if used during the first month of treatment, according to a study by researchers from the University of Bristol, King’s College...

Dementia HIT Research Showcase explores sleep, citizenship and emergency care

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.

My year of adventure doing UWE's Postgraduate Certificate in Science Communication

Zoe Trinder-Widdess, Communications Manager for Bristol Health Partners and NIHR CLAHRC West, talks about taking on UWE's Postgraduate Certificate in Science Communication. This blog was originally published on UWE's Science Communication Unit blog.

STITCH team presents to Parliamentary self-harm and suicide prevention group

The Improving Care in Self-Harm Health Integration Team (STITCH HIT) presented their work to the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention on 13 March.

Another great year for the Improving Care in Self-Harm HIT

Salena Williams and Sue Dursley, Co-Directors of the Improving Care in Self-Harm Health Integration Team (STITCH HIT) give an update on the HIT's activities in 2017-18.​...

Upcoming NIHR CLAHRC West training courses

NIHR CLAHRC West's popular free training programme includes a range of courses for people working in health, public health, research and commissioning, as well as patients and members of the public. Here are the latest courses available to book.

Research Capability Funding (RCF) spring 2018 call now open

Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG Research and Evidence Team have launched the spring Research Capability Funding (RCF) call. The deadline for applications is 11 June. They are launching a themed call alongside their open call.

David Relph's valedictory message

David Relph, Bristol Health Partners Director of four years, leaves his role on 24 April 2018. Here are his reflections on his time leading the partnership.

Andrea Young on the next phase of Bristol Health Partners

Our Chair Andrea Young gives an update on changes to the leadership of the partnership, and some of the tough decisions our Board has had to wrestle with recently.

Get involved in our Stroke Health Integration Team as a peer director

Have you or a loved one experienced stroke? The Stroke Health Integration Team is looking for a Peer Director to join their leadership team.

Integrated Pain Management HIT's successes in 2017-18

Professor David Wynick and Lisa Buckle give an update on the work of the Integrated Pain Management Health Integration Team (IPM HIT) in 2017-18.

ClairCity game to help determine Bristol’s clean air future

A new game has been launched, and it’s all about Bristol. The ClairCity Skylines game from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and Bristol City Council, enables people in the city to shape how they want their city to look in the future.

Respiratory Infections HIT – its successes and sustaining its impact

The Respiratory Infections Health Integration Team (HIT) has achieved several key successes since its inception in 2012, and officially closed as a HIT in 2017. Its work continues to have impact today.

APCRC becomes BNSSG CCG Research & Evidence Team

Following the merger of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups (BNSSG CCG) on 1 April, the Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative (APCRC) is now known as the BNSSG CCG Research & Evidence Team.

Novel hormone replacement therapy trial demonstrates improved memory function in adrenal patients

Better timing for cortisol replacement therapies, to more closely replicate the secretion patterns of people with normal levels of the hormone, has shown a significant improvement in patients' cognitive function.

What is the best way to treat infected hip replacements?

New research has found treating an infected hip replacement in a single stage procedure may be as effective or better than the widely used two-stage procedure. To date no well-designed study has compared these procedures head-to-head to decide if one is...

Eating Disorders HIT inspires with photography exhibition

Around 50 people gathered to view photos by people with lived experience of eating disorders at the Arnolfini on 27 February. The exhibition, which was organised by the Eating Disorders Health Integration Team, showcased photos on 'what recovery means to...

‘Microsphere’ protein could help 50 per cent of patients who have heart bypass surgery failure

A new £147,000 research project funded by Heart Research UK aims to help 50 per cent of patients who suffer from failed heart bypass surgery, saving them from further invasive surgery and potentially fatal heart attacks.

Outpatient treatment for cancer condition offers effective new approach for patients

A novel approach to treating fluid build-up around the lungs of cancer patients could deliver a more effective home-based treatment for thousands of people who might be approaching the end of their lives, according to a new study led by the University of...

Launch of new Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) launched on 1 April, following the merger of the three local CCGs.

New study on nicotinic receptors and long-term memory could lead to more targeted and effective therapies for dementia

A new University of Bristol study, which identifies how acetylcholine impacts learning and memory by acting at different receptors, could prove significant in the drive to develop more targeted and effective therapies for dementia.

Bristol scientists to study how Porcupine could improve heart surgery

Scientists at the University of Bristol are to study how stopping Porcupine – a protein named after the spiky rodent - could improve heart surgery. Professor Sarah George has been awarded £140,000 to investigate if blocking the protein could help people...

Research finds orbital radiotherapy should not be used to treat thyroid eye disease

The first NHS-led clinical trial for thyroid eye disease (TED) - also called Graves’ orbitopathy (GO) – a disfiguring condition causing protruding eyes, double vision and swelling around the eyes affecting mostly women – has shown that currently widely u...

How I got involved with the Stroke HIT, and my hopes for what it can achieve

Stephen Hill, a patient representative on the Stroke Care Pathway Review, talks about his hopes for the Stroke Health Integration Team.

Surgeries employing GPs with additional training in complementary medicine appear less likely to prescribe antibiotics

GP surgeries with doctors who also have training in complementary and alternative medicines appear to be less likely to prescribe antibiotics to patients and may hold the key to reducing over-prescribing of these drugs, suggests the study led by Universi...

Gum disease having devastating impact on general health and well-being warn dentists

A new report has revealed that the number of people affected by tooth decay and gum disease is having a widespread and devastating impact not only on patients mouths but also on their general health and wellbeing, particularly in the older population.

Academics urge rethink on 28-day prescriptions for people with long-term conditions

The widely adopted practice of issuing 28-day rather than longer duration prescriptions for people with long-term conditions lacks a robust evidence base and should be reconsidered, according to a study published in the British Journal of General Practic...

Screening and treatment for prostate cancer: two trials address the controversies

Jenny Donovan, Professor of Social Medicine, University of Bristol and Director of the NIHR CLAHRC West on the recent findings from two large prostate cancer trials that she has led.

Health Education England's Star Awards win for STITCH HIT

The Improving Care in Self-Harm Health Integration Team (also known as STITCH) has scooped the Hearing the Patient Voice award as part of Health Education England’s Star Awards programme in the South West.

One-off PSA screening for prostate cancer does not save lives

Inviting men with no symptoms to a one-off PSA test for prostate cancer does not save lives according to results from the largest ever trial conducted by Cancer Research UK-funded scientists based at the University of Bristol.

NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre Launch Symposium and Public Lecture

On 1 February over 200 delegates gathered at We The Curious in central Bristol to listen, debate, network, learn and collaborate at the NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre Launch Symposium.

Making the case for 20mph speed limits in Bristol - Councillor Mark Bradshaw

Cllr Mark Bradshaw is Labour Co-op member for Bedminster, Bristol and served as Cabinet Member for Transport under Mayor Marvin Rees until April 2017, and as Deputy Mayor for Place under Mayor George Ferguson from 2013 to 2015.

Winners announced for Bristol's Data Visualisation Challenge

Two teams have won £8,000 funding each to take their data visualisation projects to the next level and work with leading creative companies in Bristol.

New targets revealed for the treatment of inflammatory conditions

Research by the University of Bristol has shed light on the way our clotting cells and immune cells control their interactions with each other.

20mph speed limits in Bristol save lives, reduce injuries and save the NHS £15 million a year

The 20mph speed limits in residential areas in Bristol have prevented more than four fatal casualties a year, as well as 11 serious and 159 slight injuries, an evaluation by UWE Bristol has found, estimated to have saved the NHS £15 million a year.

£1.6m study will determine how bone size, shape and structure contributes towards arthritis and other musculoskeletal diseases

How the size, shape and structure of bones and joints contribute towards the development of common age-related diseases such as osteoarthritis and osteoporosis will be investigated by an international research team thanks to a £1.6 million Wellcome Trust...

New £1.5m study will investigate what the ‘best interests’ are of patients who lack mental capacity

A new study that will explore the healthcare decisions made in the “best interests” of patients who are unable to make decisions for themselves because they lack mental capacity or competence has been awarded £1.5 million by the Wellcome Trust.

Are you turning 70 in 2018? Could you be part of the NHS at 70 celebrations?

2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the NHS. To mark the occasion, we are looking for anyone who has their 70th birthday this year and has participated in health research, who would be willing to share their story with the media.

Council encourages Bristol’s older people to get active and Stay Steady

The council has launched plans to encourage older people to be more active as part of its plans to roll out Staying Steady classes across the city.

Seminar on supporting service design and delivery  showcases HIT achievements

Five Health Integration Teams (HITs) presented their work aimed at keeping people out of hospital at a special lunchtime seminar on 5 February, to commissioners, project managers, researchers and people from the voluntary sector.

Channel 4 documentary shows how Deep Brain Stimulation helps patients with movement disorders

Channel 4’s documentary, Can You Rebuild My Brain? gave an insight into how the pioneering Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) procedure can improve people’s lives, and featured a nurse from MOVE HIT.

STITCH HIT shortlisted for Hearing the Patient Voice HEE award

The Improving Care in Self-Harm Health Integration Team (also known as STITCH) has been shortlisted in the Hearing the Patient Voice award as part of Health Education England’s Star Awards programme in the South West.

Antibiotic resistance in children’s E. coli is high when commonly prescribed antibiotics are used

Antibiotic resistance in children’s E. coli, a bacteria that is the most common cause of urinary tract infection, is high against many antibiotics commonly prescribed in primary care and could make them ineffective as first-line treatments, warns a study...

Rewriting psychosis - the Psychosis HIT's public engagement event

How can people who experience psychosis, those close to them, health professionals, activists and researchers build a new story about psychosis where thriving and resilience are a potential outcome, rather than hopelessness and stigma?...

Upcoming NIHR CLAHRC West training courses

NIHR CLAHRC West's popular free training programme includes a range of courses for people working in health, public health, research and commissioning, as well as patients and members of the public.

EDHIT announces photography exhibition by people with experience of eating disorders

The Eating Disorders Health Integration Team are holding an exhibition of photographs by people with experience of eating disorders on 27 February.

Excess winter deaths: routine data won’t help GPs identify patients who are most at risk

Expecting GPs to use medical records to identify individual patients who are most vulnerable to cold weather is unrealistic, according to a study by researchers at the University of Bristol, UCL and the University of Birmingham.

Alternatives to face-to-face GP consultations unlikely to deliver hoped-for benefits in practice

The realities of implementing alternatives to face-to-face GP consultations, such as online and video consultations, mean that hoped-for reductions in GP workload and increases in available appointments for patients might not be realised.

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

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

The roads programme is a deplorable refusal to face the facts

Adrian Davis on the Government's 'deplorable' roads programme, which, he argues, runs counter to the evidence, doesn't represent efficient use of funds and will lead to untold ecological damage.

UK’s leading surgeons mark official launch of £21m NIHR Biomedical Research Centre

Innovative surgical procedures are continually being developed but how are they tested to ensure safety? Two of the UK’s leading academic surgeons will answer these questions on 1 February to mark the launch of the Bristol Biomedical Research Centre.

Study of 3,000 drinkers’ attempts to cut down produces sobering results

A new study by the University of Bristol that assessed data on the drinking patterns of nearly 3,000 drinkers who reported that they were planning to reduce their alcohol consumption found that very few managed it when followed up six months later.

Singing for breathing

As part of a research project exploring breathing and breathlessness, a new singing group has been set up in Bristol for anyone who is living with a lung condition and their families and carers.

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

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.

Evidence and evaluation training resources

CLAHRC West and the West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) have developed a suite of training resources to accompany the Evaluation Works and Evidence Works toolkits.

City of Sport to become Bristol Active City

Bristol is celebrating the successes of its year as a European City of Sport as it launches its rebranded website as a one-stop-shop for sport and physical activity in Bristol. The website, now known as Bristol Active City, aims to pull together opp...

Bristol publishes its most in depth report into women’s health

Bristol City Council has published a new report about the health of women in Bristol as part of a wider project to assess the health needs of the city.

Stroke HIT achievements

Stroke HIT achievements Here are some of the highlights of what the Stroke Health Integration Team (HIT) has achieved so far.

Supporting Healthy Inclusive Neighbourhood Environments (SHINE) The Supporting Healthy Inclusive Neighbourhood Environments Health Integration Team (SHINE HIT) aims to turn Bristol into a healthier city, with built environments that help people to be mor...

Psychological Therapies in Primary Care (InPsyTe) The Psychological Therapies Health Integration Team (HIT) is a team of academics, commissioners, psychologists and other experts, working together to improve the uptake of, access to, and outcomes for psy...

Stroke Health Integration Team stars on Dr Phil Hammond's BBC Radio Bristol show

Dr Phil Clatworthy, director of the Stroke Health Integration Team (HIT) and stroke survivor Chris Priestman were guests on Dr Phil Hammond's BBC Bristol show on 30 December.

Local pubs and bars sign up to support Dry January 2018

Pubs, bars, cafés and restaurants in Bristol have been pledging support for Dry January next month by offering appealing alcohol-free alternatives.

Screening could catch a quarter of hip fractures before they happen

Community screening for osteoporosis could prevent more than a quarter of hip fractures in older women – according to new research involving researchers from the Centre for Academic Primary Care, University of Bristol and local hospitals, and led by...

Teenagers with incontinence are at risk of underachieving at secondary school

New research has found teenagers with incontinence are at greater risk of underachieving academically, and need more support to remove barriers so they can reach their academic potential.

Scientists successfully demonstrate a new way to help nerve regeneration in spinal cord injury

A new way of triggering nerve regeneration to help repair spinal cord injury and in the longer-term potentially paralysis has successfully been demonstrated by University of Bristol scientists.

Twitter can reveal our shared mood

In the largest study of its kind, researchers from the University of Bristol have analysed mood indicators in text from 800 million anonymous messages posted on Twitter.

Real Life with Dementia training wins national award

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.

New eczema ‘written action plan’ developed to help parents manage their child’s eczema

Researchers from the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care have developed an eczema written action plan (the eWAP) to help parents manage their child’s eczema at home. The plan, completed by parents with their GP, will help parents...

Suicide and self-harm prevention app launched in Bristol

A new app to help people who are considering self-harm or having suicidal thoughts launched in Bristol on 30 November. The distrACT app is designed to give easy, quick and discreet access to general health information and advice about self-harm.

NIHR Clinical Research Network to support broader range of research studies

The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) will be extending support into health and social care research taking place in non-NHS settings.

GP online consultations: not the panacea policy makers are hoping for

Online GP consultation systems may not be the silver bullet for reducing GP workload and patient waiting times that government policymakers are hoping for, NIHR-funded research from the University of Bristol has found.

‘Best practice’ programme that has helped GPs refer thousands of victims of domestic violence to specialist services announces ambitious plans to expand

A highly successful, evidence-based domestic violence and abuse identification and referral programme (IRIS – Identification and Referral to Improve Safety) developed by researchers at the University of Bristol has launched as a social enterprise.

Older cars in urban areas not to blame for harmful emissions

Research for the RAC Foundation has added weight to the argument that scrapping the oldest cars owned by people living in towns and cities would have negligible effect on air quality.

Discontinuity of care puts older patients at risk of emergency hospital admission

Older patients who do not see the same GP over a period of time are at higher risk of emergency hospital admission than those who see the same or a small number of GPs, according to new research.

Primary care is key to optimising value in healthcare

Balancing improvements in health against the cost of such improvements in primary care is vital to achieve a cost-effective and efficient healthcare system, finds a new report by University of Bristol researchers and published in the BMJ.

Breastfed babies are less likely to have eczema as teenagers, study shows

Babies whose mothers had received support to breastfeed exclusively for a sustained period from birth have a 54 per cent lower risk of eczema at the age of 16, a new study shows.

HIT events stir debate at Healthy City Week 2017

Creating a Bristol that works for people of all ages and abilities was at the core of Health Integration Team (HIT) events during Healthy City Week this year. Healthy City Week ran from 7-14 October, and included ‘HIT Monday’, as well as other HIT events...

Bristol Health Partners' contribution to Digital Bristol Week

Bristol Health Partners took part in two events as part of Digital Bristol Week 2017. The week, which was organised by the BBC Academy, brought together people working in digitally creative industries across a range of sectors.

Electronic GP consultations: not quite there yet

Online GP consultation systems as they currently stand are unlikely to take the pressure off GPs and practices, despite NHS England’s drive to promote them through a £45 million fund.

Centre for Appearance Research launches new educational board game

The Centre for Appearance Research at UWE Bristol has partnered with educational games specialists Focus Games Ltd to launch an exciting new resource to help children understand and respect the differences in people’s appearance.

Telephone clinics for kidney transplant patients save time and money

Telephone clinics for kidney transplant patients are an effective alternative to face-to-face consultations, the Chronic Kidney Disease Health Integration Team (CKD HIT) has found.

Eating Disorders HIT events this autumn

The Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (HIT) are running two events this November, giving you the opportunity to hear about their projects and shape their work.

What is the most effective type of hip implant combination for patients undergoing a hip replacement?

Researchers from the Bristol Medical School at the University of Bristol have found that there is no evidence that any of the newer hip implant combinations are better than the widely used small head metal-on-plastic cemented hip combination.

Policy and regulation stand in the way of NHS use of unlicensed eye injection drug with potential to save millions of pounds

Eye injection drugs recommended by NICE cost the NHS up to £447 million annually, but could be replaced by an unlicensed drug, bevacizumab, costing as much as ten times less.

The winners of the Bristol Health and Care Awards 2017

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

Scientists pinpoint genetic risk factors for asthma, hay fever and eczema

A major international study has pinpointed more than 100 genetic risk factors that explain why some people suffer from asthma, hay fever and eczema.

Centralised care needs to be improved to ensure children with cleft lip and palate have best outcomes

Around 1,000 children are born with cleft lip and/or palate in the UK each year, with many children requiring long-term multi-disciplinary care.

An additional 20 minutes commuting each day lowers job satisfaction equivalent to a 19 per cent pay cut

An additional 20 minutes of commuting each working day is equivalent to a 19% annual pay cut when it comes to measuring how satisfied people say they are with their jobs, a new study has found.

Key discoveries offer significant hope of reversing antibiotic resistance

Two recent studies led by the University of Bristol provide significant new hope in the fight against antibiotic resistance.

Kidney failure’s effects on the psychosocial health and lifestyle of young adults

Kidney failure is associated with lower quality of life in young people and limited employment, independence, and relationships compared with healthy peers.

Bristol A&E initiative recommended for national roll-out

Hospital trusts across the country are being urged to use an initiative developed in Bristol to improve patient safety in emergency departments.

West of England project to prevent cerebral palsy in premature babies wins 'scaling up' funding

Developed in maternity units across the West of England, the ‘PReCePT’ project has been selected by the Health Foundation to be part of an ambitious £3.5 million improvement programme.

Stroke Health Integration Team gets go-ahead

A new Health Integration Team (HIT) focused on stroke has been given the go-ahead by the Bristol Health Partners executive group. Stroke HIT aims to advance and improve the prevention of strokes and care for stroke patients.

Walking and cycling are the oxygen for healthy towns and cities

Adrian Davis describes Sustrans' new Active Travel Toolbox, which gives policy makers the evidence they need to support walking and cycling as a health intervention. Adrian is a co-Director of SHINE.

Public support for 20mph limits holds firm, new study reveals

Seven in every 10 adults in Great Britain support the introduction of 20mph speed limits in busy streets, according to a major new survey.

The science of seeing differently

The truths about the brain and its perceptions will be explored by neuroscientist and founder of Lab of Misfits Studio at a free University of Bristol public lecture in November.

Finalists announced for Bristol Health and Care Awards

After hours of deliberation considering some really strong entries, the Bristol Health and Care Awards judges, made up of representatives from the sponsors and the Bristol Post, are pleased to announce the shorlist for the awards.

Domestic violence education inadequate across UK medical schools, finds new study

Teaching on domestic violence and abuse (DVA) should be mandatory in medical education according to a new University of Bristol study that highlights current levels as inadequate.

Cooling treatment reduces epilepsy in children

Cooling babies deprived of oxygen at birth (perinatal asphyxia) can reduce the number of children who develop epilepsy later in childhood, according to a new study published in the journal Epilepsia.

Latest CLAHRC West training courses

NIHR CLAHRC West offers free training courses for those working in the health and care sector in the West. Their latest courses available to book include project evaluation for the voluntary sector and the basics of health economics.

How can we solve Bristol’s trickiest health and sustainability problems?

Zoe Trinder-Widdess, Bristol Health Partners Communications Manager, on some of the Health Integration Team highlights from this year's Healthy City Week, which takes place 7-14 October 2017.

University of Bristol to lead national PhD training programme to tackle antimicrobial resistance

In response to the urgent and global threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the Medical Research Foundation (MRF), the charitable foundation of the Medical Research Council, has invested £2.85M in delivering the UK’s first nationwide PhD training prog...

 Interventions for reducing hepatitis C infection in people who inject drugs

The first global review to quantify the impact of needle syringe programmes (NSP) and opioid substitution treatment (OST) in reducing the risk of becoming infected with the hepatitis C virus is published in Cochrane Library Drug and Alcohol Review Group...

New study aims to find the best moisturiser for treating eczema in children

Researchers at the Universities of Bristol, Nottingham and Southampton have been awarded £1.4 million by the NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme to discover which is the best emollient (moisturiser) for treating childhood eczema.

Study investigating effectiveness of The Lightning Process® programme to treat children with mild or moderate CFS or ME finds symptoms improve

The first trial of The Lightning Process® has published its results. It looked at the effectiveness of LP in addition to specialist medical care was compared to specialist medical care alone in children with mild or moderate chronic fatigue syndrome.

Bristol-led grant to harmonise and improve bereavement care research

Dr Danya Bakhbakhi, Academic Clinical Fellow in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Bristol and Southmead Hospital, has been awarded £367,000 for an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship to investigate outcomes after stillbirth.

Sobering evidence on drinking during pregnancy: do we know how little is too much?

New research from the University of Bristol suggests that consuming even small amounts of alcohol in pregnancy may be linked with higher chances of having a small baby and delivering prematurely, though evidence was surprisingly lacking.

Living near fast food outlets linked to weight gain in primary school children

Children with greater access to fast food outlets are more likely to gain weight compared to those living further away, new research suggests. Academics from UWE Bristol tracked the weight of more than 1,500 primary school children in South Gloucestershi...

From air pollution to cold homes, Healthy City Week 2017 will explore Bristol’s health and sustainability challenges

Healthy City Week returns from 7 to 14 October with a unique programme of events exploring the health and sustainability of our city, creating and deepening conversations around some of the major health and sustainability challenges we face...

Nominate a healthcare hero in the Bristol Health and Care Awards 2017

The Bristol Post are continuing their search for the city’s top heroes of healthcare. The Bristol Health and Care Awards are back for a second year and they want to shine a light on the people who are literally saving lives every day.

First aid 'could help ease the pressure on A&E' according to research

New research commissioned by British Red Cross and led by Dr Julie Mytton at UWE Bristol shows that over a third of people who attend accident and emergency departments were seeking help because they were 'worried and didn't know what to do'.

Extending liaison psychiatry service at the Bristol Royal Infirmary improves care and reduces costs for self-harm patients

Extending the operating hours of the liaison psychiatry service at the Bristol Royal Infirmary’s (BRI) Emergency Department has led to improved care and outcomes for patients who have self-harmed, NIHR-funded research has found.

Steroids not effective for chest infections in adults who don’t have asthma or other chronic lung disease

Oral steroids should not be used for treating acute lower respiratory tract infection (or ‘chest infections’) in adults who don’t have asthma or other chronic lung disease, as they do not reduce the duration or severity of symptoms.

Reflections on the HIT conference extreme networking session

Trish Harding and Olly Watson of Bristol Health Partners reflect on the networking session they ran at this year’s Health Integration Team conference.

Calling all dads…let’s talk

Talking about the highs, and understanding the lows, of being a dad is the theme of a new project led by an inter-disciplinary team of academics from the University of Bristol.

Highly hazardous pesticides: policies should focus on bans, rather than secure storage, Lancet studies suggest

Global policies on access to highly hazardous pesticides – commonly ingested in acts of self-poisoning and suicide in rural Asia – should focus on national bans, rather than safe storage, according to two studies in The Lancet and The Lancet Global Healt...

Alternatives to acute hospital admissions for older people are safe and reduce hospital use

Alternatives to acute hospital admissions for older people appear safe and could reduce use of acute hospital care and length of time receiving care, a new study from the University of Bristol published in BMJ Open ​has found.

Sexual health professionals should be supported to ask about domestic abuse

Sexual health professionals feel that it is appropriate and valuable to ask their patients about domestic violence and abuse, NIHR-funded research has found. But time, workload and finding the right moment during consultations can be barriers to doing so...

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

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.

Research Capability Funding autumn 2017 call now open

Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative have announced their autumn call for Research Capability Funding (RCF) applications. The deadline for applications is 3 October.

University of Bristol team to develop a new test to assist GP antibiotic prescribing

A research team at the University of Bristol, including researchers from ITHAcA HIT and NIHR CLAHRC West, has won a prestigious international award for a technology that could help in the fight against antibiotic resistance.

STP consultation on future of NHS services

Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups are consulting on the future of local NHS services. This consultation forms part of the work of the local Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.

Best practice guide on the ethics and governance of service evaluation launches

A best practice guide on the ethics and governance of service evaluation has been launched on the CLAHRC West website. These guidelines are for evaluators and commissioners of evaluation in health and social care.

Guidelines for patient and public involvement in evaluation launched

A new quick guide to patient and public involvement (PPI) in evaluation has been launched on the CLAHRC West website. The leaflet is for evaluators and commissioners of evaluation in health and social care.

Books for children about Parkinson’s

A member of the MOVE-HIT Patient and Public Involvement Group has written a series of books to help those affected by Parkinson’s to begin a dialogue with the children whom they care about.

Launch of Bristol Medical School marks new era for medical education

The University of Bristol launched the Bristol Medical School on Tuesday 1 August, comprising around 1,330 students and 900 staff. This marks a new era for medical research and education in the West of England.

Research shows regular road closures help children get active

New research from the University of Bristol shows that playing outside, aided by regular road closures, helps to increase children’s physical activity.

Bristol researcher wins prestigious diabetes research award

Bristol researcher Dr Emma Vincent, whose own family has been affected by diabetes, has been awarded £587,237 from Diabetes UK to find out why people with Type 2 diabetes are more likely to develop some cancers.

New discovery could reverse tissue damage caused by heart attacks

A new discovery by University of Bristol scientists helps to explain how cells which surround blood vessels, called pericytes, stimulate new blood vessels to grow with the hormone ‘leptin’ playing a key role.

Alcohol and nutrition among homeless people: two sides of the same coin

Health complications caused by nutritional deficiencies in homeless problem-drinkers can be avoided if they are addressed early, write Dr Sharea Ijaz and Zoe Trinder-Widdess, NIHR CLAHRC West, Bristol.

Sexual health clinics should ask about abuse

Training clinicians to proactively ask patients about domestic violence is feasible for sexual health clinics to implement and could increase referrals to specialist services, according to a study by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the Univers...

England’s 15 AHSNs to coordinate ‘innovation exchanges’

The government has announced a major initiative to drive the rapid uptake of health innovation. The AHSNs will co-ordinate the initiative so that innovative new diagnostic tools, treatments and medical technologies reach patients faster.

Adrenal gland activity change under severe stress causing abnormal release of glucocorticoid stress hormones

To respond to stress optimally, the body needs to produce glucocorticoid hormones, such as cortisol, extremely quickly. New research by scientists from the Universities of Bristol and Exeter has revealed the molecular network that enables rapid glucocort...

Councils come together to champion care and support workers

Bristol City Council has joined authorities across the South West in supporting a new campaign to raise the profile of care in a drive to recruit the right people to the sector.

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

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...

PROactive research collaboration awarded funding for two large-scale studies

The PROactive research collaboration has been awarded funding for two large-scale studies, contributing to a total of more than £1 million in research grants that they have received during 2016-17.

Can we learn how to prevent brain injuries in children by looking at local cases?

A project to explore whether brain injuries in children could be prevented through examining and understanding local cases has been awarded £10,000 by the NIHR Brain Injury Healthcare Technology Cooperative. The project is being led by CIPIC HIT.

Healthy City Week Bristol returns for 2017

Bristol Green Capital Partnership is pleased to announce that Healthy City Week 2017 will take place from 7–14 October, with the support of Bristol Health Partners.

Introducing the CLAHRC West autumn training programme

There is a wealth of opportunities available this autumn from the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West (NIHR CLAHRC West) free training course programme.

NHS Innovation Accelerator call now open

The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) call is now open with a closing date of 26 July 2017. The call aims to seek local, national and international innovations that address NHS priorities.

Ordnance Survey releases open dataset and free map of Britain’s Greenspaces

A Government initiative to make it easier for people to locate and access greenspaces has launched today with the release of a new database and interactive digital map identifying accessible recreational and leisure greenspace in Great Britain.

Highlights from the 2017 Health Integration Team conference

Bristol Health Partners Health Integration Teams had their annual opportunity to network and hear from key speakers from the local health system, at the annual Health Integration Team (HIT) conference on 13 June.

South Gloucestershire diabetes prevention pilot project poster win

A poster showcasing the Active Older People (APPHLE) Health Integration Team (HIT) project evaluating the South Gloucestershire diabetes prevention pilot won best poster at the Faculty of Public Health annual conference and expo on 21-22 June 2017.

Women speak out about experiences of domestic violence and abuse to help others

A new resource designed to support women experiencing domestic violence and abuse has been launched on the HealthTalk charity website today, developed by researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Oxford.

Were you or any of your relatives born between April 1991 and December 1992 in Bristol or the surrounding area?

Were you, your partner, your child or another relative born between April 1991 and December 1992? In Bristol or the surrounding area? If you answered ‘yes’ to both questions, you could be part of Children of the 90s and they would like to hear from you.

West of England AHSN's emergency department safety checklist scoops national patient safety award

The West of England Academic Health Science Network initiative to support the adoption and spread of the emergency department safety checklist across all trusts in the West won the HSJ Patient Safety Award for ‘Best Patient Safety Initiative in A&E’.

Wanted: Bristol residents to be part of a world first technology trial

To test SPHERE (Sensor Platform for HEalthcare in a Residential Environment) technology successfully, they need more homes to take part in the project. Finding out more about having a 21st century home health sensor system in your home.

What is best practice in school sex education?

New research led by the University of Bristol has found clear evidence that school-based sex and relationship education (SRE) and school-linked sexual health services can be effective at improving sexual health.

People with experience of  primary care for children and young people with eating disorders needed for study

The Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (EDHIT) are looking to hear from children and young people with an eating disorder, and their parents, to understand their experience of primary care services.

UWE Bristol academic wins “We are the City” 2017 rising star award

Janice St. John-Matthews, Associate Head of the Department for Allied Health Professions (AHP) at UWE Bristol, has won a national award celebrating rising stars in education and academia.

£1 million donation awarded to Centre for Appearance Research

The VTCT Foundation has announced a donation of £1 million to the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR) at the University of the West of England. This commitment will enable CAR to expand the support it provides to charities.

£2 million award will advance understanding of mechanisms of learning and memory

Neuroscientists at the University of Bristol have been awarded a prestigious £2 million Wellcome Trust Investigator Award for a five-year study to investigate the neuronal circuits that drive our recognition memory.

SHINE's Ben Barker awarded MBE in Queen's birthday honours

Community activist Ben Barker, who is on the Supporting Healthy Inclusive Neighbourhood Environments (SHINE) leadership team, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours. Ben is a member of the Greater Bedminster Community Partnership.

Hartcliffe children demand safer streets to play out in

As part of a joint project with Playing Out and Knightstone Housing, children from Room 13 Hareclive in Hartcliffe, South Bristol, are calling for safer streets from speeding traffic so they can play out more where they live.

Research finds nutrient deficiencies in heavy drinking homeless people, but evidence is limited

An NIHR CLAHRC West review has found that heavy drinking homeless people may experience a range of nutrient deficiencies, including vitamin B1, but the amount and quality of research on this issue is low.

Queen’s birthday honour for Professor Debbie Lawlor

Debbie Lawlor, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Bristol, has been awarded a CBE for her services to social and community medicine research.

Urban-ID project launches its website

The £825k Urban-ID project has launched its website, which highlights the themes and case studies that they will focus on.

Epigenetics could help diagnose different types of cleft

Cleft lip and palate are common birth defects and affect around 15 in every 10,000 births in Europe. New research by the University of Bristol from the the Cleft Collective has found epigenetics could help diagnose different types of cleft...

Our 2016-17 annual review is out now

Our 2016-17 annual review was launched at our annual Health Integration Team (HIT) conference on 13 June. The Bristol Health Partners annual review showcases the work of the partnership and includes updates from our 19 HITs.

New trial for prosthetic hip joint infection

The first ever randomised trial to investigate why some patients develop infections after their hip or knee replacement surgery, and which type of surgical revision treatment is best is being run by the University of Bristol and members of the public are...

Do your teeth need an MOT?

Do your teeth need some routine dental treatment? Student dentists, therapists and hygienists from the University of Bristol’s School of Oral and Dental Sciences are offering dental treatment for members of the public who do not have a dentist.

Technology which makes electricity from urine also kills pathogens, researchers find

A scientific breakthrough has taken an emerging biotechnology a step closer to being used to treat waste water in the developing world.

Only collaboration can deliver the change our health and care system needs

In this blog post, originally published as the foreword of our 2016-17 annual review, Bristol Health Partners Director David Relph reflects on what the partnership has achieved not just in the last year, but over the last five years since its inception.

Our partnership's achievements over the last year and what the future holds

In this blog post, originally published as part of our 2016-17 annual review, Bristol Health Partners Chair Andrea Young reflects on the partnership's achievements over the last year, and what the future holds.

'Big Data’ resource raises possibility of research revolution

A group of UK scientists involving researchers from the University of Bristol have demonstrated how aggregating image data from laboratories all around the world has the potential to revolutionise scientific research.

Elizabeth Blackwell Institute appoints new Director

Professor Rachael Gooberman-Hill has been appointed to Director of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research at the University of Bristol and will take up the role on 1 August 2017.

Bristol research and partner highlights in 2016-17

2016-17 saw Bristol awarded £21 million for a new NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, and the opening of the West of England NHS Genomic Medicine Centre. The UK’s largest trial looking at prostate cancer treatments published its first results.

Using data to improve health, care and services through research

Health organisations, local authorities and researchers in the Bristol region are teaming up to explore how data could be used to improve health, care and services.

Bristol study finds link between teen cannabis use and illicit drug taking in early adulthood

Researchers from the University of Bristol have found regular and occasional cannabis use as a teen is associated with a greater risk of other illicit drug taking in early adulthood.

Largest study to date finds autism alone does not increase risk of violent offending

A diagnosis of autism alone does not increase the risk of violent offending suggests a study published in the June 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP).

Researchers looking for men to take part in new domestic violence study

Researchers at the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care are looking for men who are concerned that they are, or have been, abusive in their relationships with women to take part in a new study that will help improve how we support men...

Bristol Health Partners milestones in 2016-17

This timeline from April 2016 to March 2017 showcases some of the key moments in the year for Bristol Health Partners, from October's Healthy City Week Bristol, to prioritising our Health Integration Teams' work streams.

Bristol Health Partners: five years of achievement

The first Bristol Health Partners partnership agreement was signed in April 2012, with a lifespan of five years. It’s been extended for another year while our future direction is mapped out, but it’s a good moment to reflect on what we've achieved so far...

Highlights for 2016-17: Eating Disorders HIT

Helen Malson and Hugh Herzig, Directors of the Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (EDHIT), reflect on the team's work and achievements over the last year, including an art exhibition of work by people with experience of eating disorders.

Healthy City Week Bristol 2016

What do Dr Phil Hammond, apple juice pressing and social prescribing have in common? They were all part of Healthy City Week Bristol 2016. Read the round-up of what went on during the week.

SHINE HIT's achievements in 2016-17

Directors Adrian Davis and Suzanne Audrey, together with Marcus Grant, reflect on their work to promote the importance of healthy urban environments through the Supporting Healthy Inclusive Neighbourhood Environments Health Integration Team (SHINE HIT).

Improving Perinatal Mental Health HIT review for 2016-17

Dr Jonathan Evans and Inge Shepherd, Directors of the Improving Perinatal Mental Health Health Integration Team, give an update on progress in 2016-17, including the successful application for a new specialist community perinatal mental health service.

New award set to help Bristol Eat Better

A new award scheme encouraging local food businesses to make their catering healthier and more sustainable is launching on 23 May in a bid to help tackle the city’s obesity crisis.

Drug and Alcohol Health Integration Team review of 2016-17

Leonie Roberts, Matthew Hickman, Katherine Williams and Tim Williams, Directors of the Drug and Alcohol Health Integration Team (HIT), reflect on their team’s work in 2016-17.

Life or death medical decisions involving a child – new study asks questions about current process

How parents and clinicians make life or death medical decisions involving very young children is the focus of a new study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. The findings may offer insight into how the ‘best interests’ of a child are decid...

Bristol Bones and Joints highlights for 2016-17

Directors Dr Emma Clark, Professor Ashley Blom and Professor Sarah Hewlett give an update on the 2016-17 activity of the Bristol Bones and Joints HIT which focuses on osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and inflammatory rheumatological disorders.

Cystic fibrosis study offers new understanding of silent changes in genes

Researchers studying the root cause of cystic fibrosis have made a major advance in our understanding of silent gene changes with implications for the complexity of cystic fibrosis. The findings were published on 16 May in PLoS Biology.

Bristol Network for Equality in Early Years Health and Wellbeing  2016-17 highlights

Dr Patricia Lucas and Dr Jo Williams, Directors of the Bristol Network for Equality in Early Years Health and Wellbeing (BoNEE), look back on 2016-17. BoNEE aims to tackle the health inequalities that result from poverty and disadvantage.

​RuBICoN HIT achievements

RuBICoN HIT achievements Here are some of the highlights of what the Respiratory Infections (RuBICoN) Health Integration Team has achieved from its inception in December 2012 until its closure in April 2017.

RENOIR HIT achievements

RENOIR HIT achievements Here are some of the highlights of what the Retinal Conditions (RENOIR) Health Integration Team achieved during the time it was running, from December 2012 until May 2016.

Retinal Conditions Health Integration Team (RENOIR HIT) The Retinal Outreach, Integration and Research Health Integration Team (RENOIR HIT) built on Bristol Eye Hospital's existing regional, national and international strengths. Bristol Eye Hospital has...

Avoiding Hospital Admissions HIT achievements for 2016-17

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.

Respiratory Infections (RuBICoN) The Respiratory Health Integration Team (HIT) was a team of doctors and scientists, who worked together to improve advice and support for parents and patients, and to reduce antibiotic use in the treatment of respiratory...

Bristol Immunisation Group’s highlights for 2016-17

Professor Adam Finn, Dr Julie Yates and Dr Marion Roderick, Directors of the Bristol Immunisation Group Health Integration Team (BIG HIT) update on progress in 2016-17. BIG HIT aims to improve local performance of national immunisation programmes.

Child Injury Health Integration Team highlights in 2016-17

Dr Julie Mytton, Director of the Child Injury (CIPIC) Health Integration Team gives an update of the HIT's activities in 2016-17. CIPIC aims to support the commissioning and delivery of activities to reduce injuries, and their consequences, in children.

Successes of the Sexual Health Improvement for Population and Patients HIT in 2016-17

Professor John Macleod and Thara Raj look back over the work of the Sexual Health Improvement for Population and Patients (SHIPP) HIT during 2016-17. SHIPP works to promote evidence based sexual health improvement.

Combining heroin and commonly prescribed non-opioid pain killers leads to a significant rise in overdose deaths

A multi-disciplinary study has shown that the recent substantial increase in prescriptions for two drugs, pregabalin and gabapentin, used widely for a range of neurological disorders is closely correlated with a rise in the number of overdose deaths in E...

Respiratory Infections HIT round up for 2016-17

An update on the work of the Respiratory Infections Health Integration Team during 2016-17 from Professor Alastair Hay. The team has been working to improve advice and support for parents and patients and to reduce antibiotic use since December 2012.

Life expectancy for people with HIV has increased by 10 years in the US and Europe since introduction of antiretroviral therapy

Life expectancy of 20-year-olds starting treatment for HIV has increased by around a decade in the EU and North America since the introduction of antiretroviral therapy in the mid-1990s, according to a study published in The Lancet HIV.

Achievements of the Chronic Kidney Disease HIT in 2016-17

Dr Udaya Udayaraj gives an update on the work of the Chronic Kidney Disease Health Integration Team (CKD HIT) over the last year. The CKD HIT aims to improve patient outcomes and care pathways for patients with kidney disease.

Review of the Psychosis Health Integration Team 2016-17

Psychosis Health Integration Team (HIT) Directors Dr Sarah Sullivan, Dr Simon Downer, James Robinson and Martha Sneyd on the team's activities in 2016-17. The team aims to improve the support, treatment, services and lives of people with psychosis.

Improving Care in Self-Harm HIT's successes in 2016-17

Salena Williams and Sue Dursley, Co- Directors of the Improving Care in Self-Harm Health Integration Team (STITCH HIT) give an update on the HIT's activities in 2016-17. STITCH HIT is working to reduce the number of suicides in the Bristol area.

 Public invited to help shape plans for new healthy lifestyle hub

Bristol City Council is asking for the public’s views on proposals to simplify the way people in the city can access information and advice on achieving healthy lifestyles.

Psychological Therapies in Primary Care HIT highlights in 2016-17

Dr Nicola Wiles and Dr David Kessler, Directors of the Psychological Therapies in Primary Care Health Integration Team (InPsyTe HIT), give an update on the HIT's work in 2016-17.

Parkinson's and Other Movement Disorders HIT review of 2016-17

Dr Alan Whone, Director of the Parkinson's and Other Movement Disorders Health Integration Team (MOVE HIT), gives an update on the HIT's progress in 2016-17.

Integrated Pain Management HIT successes in 2016-17

Professor David Wynick gives an update on the work of the Integrated Pain Management Health Integration Team in 2016-17. The team focuses on improvements in performance, productivity and efficiency within local and regional chronic pain services.

Active Older People HIT's achievements in 2016-7

Professor Selena Gray and Dr Afroditi Stathi, Directors of the Active Older People Health Integration Team give an update on their work in 2016-2017.

Successes of the Dementia HIT in 2016-17

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.

Managing risk This work stream has been developed because, in treating frail elderly patients, one major issue is how to manage the risk of not admitting patients in primary care, and in discharging patients from secondary into primary care. In this...

 UK health spending needs to grow faster than GDP

The NHS is frequently in the news about its ongoing funding crisis. New research suggests demand for health services is set to continue to grow faster than GDP per head in all developed countries around the world.

‘Five a day’ for mental wellbeing: are you getting yours?

From 8–12 May Bristol will be marking Mental Health Awareness Week with Five Days of Wellbeing. The week will raise awareness about the little things that we can do every day to improve our mental and emotional health.

Staff engagement app leads to service delivery improvements in central Bristol hospitals

A staff engagement app developed by a team at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol) has led to improved staff engagement and service delivery at the trust’s central Bristol hospitals.

Study finds primary school children get less active with age

There is an age-related decline in children’s physical activity levels as they progress through primary school, according to a British Heart Foundation-funded study.

University of Bristol Law School launches LLM in Health, Law and Society

The University of Bristol Law School has launched a new course for anyone interested in healthcare. The LLM in Health, Law and Society, is a distinctive, master’s level degree that goes beyond traditional courses on healthcare law to look at the relatio...

GPs needed to teach tomorrow’s doctors – new campaign launched

The University of Bristol is involved in teaching the next generation of doctors and has launched a new campaign to get practising GPs to ‘step up and teach’.

Proof that magnesium could prevent fractures

Magnesium could hold the key to preventing one of the most preventable causes of disability in middle-aged to elderly people, according to new research led by academics at the Universities of Bristol and Eastern Finland.

From the lab to your local: Bristol’s biggest science festival to return to city pubs

The world's largest festival of science is returning to Bristol’s watering holes next month. From 15–17 May punters will be able to raise a glass (as well as their IQ) with a series of easy-going sessions, which bring ground-breaking research from the...

NHS England pledges £750k to Bristol Royal Infirmary for 24 hour psychiatric liaison service

NHS England has awarded University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust £750k to extend psychiatric liaison services in the emergency department at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. This means they will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre: £21 million research partnership launches

A £21 million National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) in Bristol will launch this week. The research centre will conduct cutting-edge research to develop new, ground-breaking treatments, diagnostics, prevention and...

International award for students building a healthier, more sustainable Bristol

The value of 8,000 Bristol students working with 250 city partners on sustainability engagement has been recognised by a prestigious International Green Gown award.

Bristol academic awarded the Kieran Sweeney Prize

Dr Trevor Thompson, GP and Head of Teaching at the Centre for Academic Primary Care, has won the Royal College of General Practitioners' 2016 Kieran Sweeney Prize for medical writing by GPs.

Children with autism find understanding facial expressions difficult but make similar mistakes as peers - new study finds

Young people with autism spectrum conditions (ASC) have difficulties recognising and distinguishing between different facial expressions, according to research from one of the largest studies to look at emotion recognition in children and adolescents wit...

Be ManKind campaign launches to promote male mental-wellbeing

A hard hitting campaign, Be ManKind, launched this week to address the stigma surrounding male mental health and suicide through the medium of photography.

Latest courses from NIHR CLAHRC West

NIHR CLAHRC West runs free courses for people working in the health and social care sector. Their training programme aims to promote the development of skills in understanding, using and producing evidence for the health, public health and commissioning...

Bristol Health Partners membership and funding in 2017-18 – an update from David Relph

We have been working to confirm the scope and shape of the partnership as we move into the next financial year. With many of our partner organisations experiencing fresh financial constraints in the coming year, this has led to a reduction in our budget.

Therapies that target dementia in early stages critical to success

Targeting dementia in the earlier stages of the condition could be critical for the success of future therapies, say researchers from the University of Bristol, who have found that the very earliest symptoms of dementia might be due to abnormal stability...

MOVE HIT's Mel Falk elected to Association for Chartered Physiotherapists on Neurology board

Neuro-physiotherapist Melanie Falk has been elected to the board of the Association for Chartered Physiotherapists on Neurology (ACPIN). Mel is a member of MOVE HIT's executive team.

Two Health Integration Teams responsible for £340,000 savings annually

Two Health Integration Teams (HITs), Bristol Bones and Joints and STITCH, are responsible for £340,000 annual savings in the city’s two acute trusts, through changes to services and care pathways.

HITs bring nearly £4m in funding to the region in last nine months

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.

No ‘weekend admission effect’ for the elderly sustaining broken hips in the NHS

New research has found NHS patients admitted to hospital at the weekend with a hip fracture are at no greater risk of death compared to weekdays. In fact, the risk of death during the hospital stay was lower at the weekend than in the week.

Evaluation Online Network launches for anyone with an interest in evaluation

A new Evaluation Online Network, open to anyone in the West of England and beyond, launched on 7 March. So far the network includes 64 staff working in a variety organisations and settings with an interest in evaluation.

Young researchers present their work to senior academics

Fifteen students from Redland Green School's post 16 centre presented their research findings to a group of senior health researchers on Wednesday 22 March. This was the culmination of two terms' work during which the students explored the world of healt...

Major breakthrough in the manufacture of red blood cells

Researchers have generated the first immortalised cell lines which allow more efficient manufacture of red blood cells. The team, from the University of Bristol and NHS Blood and Transplant, were able to manufacture red blood cells in a more efficient sc...

Deep Brain Stimulation Nurse Association annual conference hosted by MOVE HIT

The Parkinson's and Other Movement Disorders Health Integration Team (MOVE HIT) at North Bristol NHS Trust hosted the Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Nurse Association Annual Conference on 16-17 March 2017.

Is there a link between telomere length and cancer?

Telomeres are regions of repetitive DNA at the end of human chromosomes, which protect the end of the chromosome from damage. Whilst shorter telomeres are hypothesized biological markers of older age and have been linked to many diseases, including cancer...

Nobel Prize winner installed as Chancellor of the University of Bristol

Sir Paul Nurse, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist and former President of the Royal Society, was installed as Chancellor of the University of Bristol on 22 March.

Stem cell therapy could help mend the youngest of broken hearts

Researchers have shown stem cells from the umbilical cord may hold the key to a new generation of graft and could reduce the number of surgeries required to treat young children born with certain types of congenital heart disease.

University launches new specialist research institutes

The University of Bristol has launched seven new research institutes reflecting the University’s strength and depth in key specialisms. The Specialist Research Institutes (SRIs) encompass areas where the University is already internationally-leading and...

New film shows NEWS in action

A new patient safety film tells the story of Paul from North Somerset, who made a quick and full recovery from sepsis as a result of NEWS (the National Early Warning Score) being communicated at every handover of care.

The best A Picture of Health images announced

The best pictures from the University of Bristol's 'A Picture of Health' project have been announced. The project aims to encourage communication between researchers, foster new collaborations and showcase their research to the public.

Elizabeth Blackwell Institute launches 2017 Research for Health challenge call

The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute's Research for Health scheme encourages healthcare practitioners and University of Bristol researchers to work together to develop innovative thinking around clinical problems.

 Antibiotics not effective for clinically infected eczema in children

Estimates suggest that 40 per cent of eczema flares are treated with topical antibiotics, but findings from a study involving academics from the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care, suggest there is no meaningful benefit from the use...

Researchers to develop ‘wearable’ robotic tools for surgery

A team of researchers led by UWE Bristol is to develop a wearable robotic system for minimally invasive surgery, also known as keyhole surgery, that will offer surgeons natural and dexterous movement and the ability to ‘sense’, ‘see’, control and safely...

Gambling a problem for 1 in 20 people visiting their GP

A study published in the British Journal of General Practice today found that around 1 in 20 people waiting to see their GP in surgeries in Bristol reported having a gambling problem.

Young adults on the verge of a gambling habit

Young males and people who use drink or drugs are at greater risk of developing a gambling habit, according to new research published today. Experts say it is an indication of an area that needs more attention if primary care services are to help those i...

Build-in health or build more hospitals event success

A range of people with a stake or an interest in city development came together at the Architecture Centre in the centre of Bristol for an event held as part of Bristol Healthy City Week.

Girls in care more likely to report lower well-being than boys

About a quarter of girls in care have low well-being and feel the stigma of care more deeply than do boys according to a new study, announced today, which set out to understand what well-being means to looked after children.

Health specialists come together to tackle women’s health issues for International Women’s Day

Dr Dawn Harper of ‘Embarrassing Bodies’ fame will join health specialists from around the city on International Women’s Day on 8 March to plan how the city can work together to tackle issues around women’s health in Bristol.

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust announced as outstanding

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust has been announced as one of the highest-rated NHS trusts in the country by the Care Quality Commission.

Bristol awarded grant to improve signposting to specialist support for domestic violence and abuse in UK military families

The University of Bristol has been awarded a grant of £46,938 for a 15-month study to investigate domestic violence and abuse (DVA) in UK military families. The research will investigate what criteria might constitute specialist DVA provision for this gr...

Brain stimulation raises hopes for patients with drug-resistant high blood pressure

A Bristol team has used a deep brain stimulation technique to dramatically reduce a woman’s high blood pressure – the first time in the world the procedure has been carried out for hypertension. The discovery raises hopes for patients with drug-resistant...

Genomics teaching kits launch for pupils in West of England schools

The West of England NHS Genomic Medicine Centre (WEGMC) and the University of the West of England (UWE) have partnered to develop an outreach activity on genomics for schools in Bristol, Bath, Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week starts 27 February

It's Eating Disorders Awareness Week from 27 February to 1 March. Its special theme this year is the vital role GPs play in getting people into treatment as quickly as possible.

Research Capability Funding Spring 2017 call now open

Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative have announced their spring call for Research Capability Funding (RCF) applications. The deadline for applications is 3 May.

Report recommends BME led voluntary and community organisations for older people work closely with statutory services

Research funded by Bristol City Council and carried out by UWE Bristol in collaboration with local groups found that black and other minority ethnic community leaders are increasingly aware of how dementia affects many people from BME communities.

New discovery a major advance for understanding neurological diseases

The discovery of a new mechanism that controls the way nerve cells in the brain communicate with each other to regulate our learning and long-term memory could have major benefits to understanding how the brain works and what goes wrong in neurodegenerat...

Eating Disorders HIT achievements

Eating Disorders HIT achievements Here are some of the highlights of what the Eating Disorders Health Integration Team has achieved so far.

Psychosis HIT achievements

Psychosis HIT achievements Here are some of the highlights of what the Psychosis Health Integration Team (HIT) has achieved so far.

SHINE HIT achievements

SHINE HIT achievements Here are some of the highlights of what the Healthy Neighbourhood Environments (SHINE) Health Integration Team has achieved so far.

​Psychological Therapies in Primary Care HIT achievements

Psychological Therapies in Primary Care HIT achievements Here are some of the highlights of what the Psychological Therapies in Primary Care Health Integration Team has achieved so far.

​Parkinson's and Other Movement Disorders HIT achievements

Parkinson's and Other Movement Disorders HIT achievements Here are some of the highlights of what the Parkinson's and Other Movement Disorders Health Integration Team has achieved so far.

Improving Perinatal Mental Health HIT achievements

Improving Perinatal Mental Health HIT achievements Here are some of the highlights of what the Improving Perinatal Mental Health HIT has achieved so far.

Child Injury HIT achievements

Child Injury HIT achievements Here are some of the highlights of what CIPIC have achieved so far.

BoNEE achievements

Early Years Health Wellbeing (BoNEE) achievements Here are some of the highlights of what BoNEE have achieved so far.

Bristol Immunisation Group achievements

Bristol Immunisation Group achievements Here are some of the highlights of what the Bristol Immunisation Group Health Integration Team have achieved so far.

Bristol Bones and Joints HIT achievements

Bristol Bones and Joints HIT achievements Here are some of the highlights of what the Bristol Bones and Joints Health Integration Team have achieved so far.

ITHAcA HIT achievements

ITHAcA HIT achievements Here are some of the highlights of what the Avoiding Hospital Admissions Health Integration Team have achieved so far.

Weston Area Health Trust and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust agree formal partnership arrangement

The Boards of Weston Area Health NHS Trust and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust have agreed to establish a formal partnership arrangement, increasing the level of joint working between the two Trusts.

Work and health think tank: improving the opportunities for people with long term conditions and disabilities

Bristol Health Partners and Bristol City Council brought together more than 90 policy makers, service providers, decision takers and people with long term conditions and disabilities, for a work and health think tank event on Monday 30 January.

Latest courses from NIHR CLAHRC West

NIHR CLAHRC West continues to run free courses. Their training programme aims to promote the development of skills in understanding, using and producing evidence for the health, public health and commissioning workforce.

Common Purpose training helps HITs develop their leadership skills

Common Purpose ran an ‘exploring leadership immersion experience’ on behalf of Bristol Health Partners on 17 and 18 January, for Health Integration Teams.

Bacterium lassoes its way from the mouth to the heart to cause disease

The human mouth can harbour more than 700 different species of bacteria. Under normal circumstances these microbes co-exist with us as part of our resident oral microbiota. But when bacteria spread to other tissues via the blood stream, the results can b...

Bristol part of European initiative to study diabetic kidney disease

Researchers from the University of Bristol are part of a major pan European €28.9 million initiative that aims to improve the prevention and management of diabetic kidney disease (DKD), which is the leading cause of kidney failure in the world.

Drug and Alcohol HIT achievements

Drug and alcohol HIT achievements Here are some of the highlights of what the Drug and Alcohol Health Integration Team have achieved so far.

In numbers: STITCH HIT's successes

The Improving Care in Self-Harm Health Integration Team (STITCH HIT) have had some spectacular successes over the last few years. The team have been working hard to make improvements to take self-harm care towards parity of esteem with physical illness, i...

Just Sing! Bristol Mental Health's new choir

Bristol Mental Health (BMH) is setting up a new choir called Just Sing! Everyone is welcome to come along. The choir is for people of all ages, with no auditions or performances.

Using Partnerology to broaden engagement with patients and the public

The Bristol Health Partners walking game Partnerology got another outing in January, when People in Health West of England (PHWE) borrowed it to play with public involvement leads and public contributors from their network.

‘Continuity of primary care matters and should be protected’

Continuity of care – seeing the same GP – has proven benefits and could be a key line of defence against rising hospital admissions argue leading academics in an editorial published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

UHBristol launches new nursing and midwifery ‘Proud to Care’ website

University Hospitals Bristol has launched a new online information platform that is accessible for nurses in the Trust, and for those considering a career there.

Call for national guidance to help GPs document domestic violence

Guidance is urgently needed to help GPs decide what information to include on electronic records of children and families experiencing domestic violence and abuse (DVA).

Mental Health HIT seminar proves a hit with commissioners

Commissioners, researchers and people from voluntary organisations heard from Bristol Health Partners HITs seminar on 23 January. The theme of the seminar was 'Improving mental health care pathways across the STP footprint.

Eating Disorders HIT hosts second research meeting

The Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (HIT) hosted its second research event on 13 January 2017. The event brought together around 30 people.

New report takes the temperature of Bristol’s health

A new report published today takes the temperature of local people’s health. It shows that whilst Bristol is faring well in comparison to many other major cities, some health issues and inequalities remain entrenched.

A brain wide chemical signal that enhances memory

How does heightened attention improve our mental capacity? This is the question tackled by new University of Bristol research published today in the journal Cell Reports, which reveals a chemical signal released across the brain in response to attention...

Final report of five-year telehealth research programme published

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has published the final report of a five-year research programme on the use of telehealth in primary care settings for patients with long-term conditions.

Study identifies brain’s connections which keep related memories distinct from each other

Neuroscientists at the University of Bristol are a step closer to understanding how the connections in our brain which control our episodic memory work in sync to make some memories stronger than others.

Disabled people reveal their experiences of social care

At a time when Social Care in England is at a ‘tipping point’, according to the Care Quality Commission, it is vital that local authorities find ways of working together with people who use social care services.

Artist Luke Jerram joins forces with scientists to alter our perceptions

This year sees the beginning of what promises to be a visually and intellectually enlightening year for world-renowned installation artist Luke Jerram and University of Bristol researchers at the Bristol Vision Institute.

UHBristol patient experience initiative shortlisted for national award

University Hospitals Bristol's Patient Experience at Heart workshops in maternity services have been shortlisted for the 2017 Health Services Journal Value in Healthcare Awards.

New guidelines could help improve research into vascular cognitive impairment

New guidelines have been developed that it is hoped will help to progress research into vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) following a study led by academics at the University of Bristol that brought together the views of over 150 researchers in 27 coun...

Move to longer visiting hours for Bristol city centre hospitals

From Monday 16 January, in response to feedback from patients and their families, visiting hours across University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust are to be extended.

Patients with long term conditions overestimate life expectancy

A review of studies examining perceived life expectancy among people with long term health conditions has found patients may overestimate their life expectancy.

Bristolians get Sugar Smart

Bristol City Council has teamed up with the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and other local organisations, including the Bristol Sport Foundation and the University West of England (UWE Bristol), to become more Sugar Smart.

STITCH HIT's work highlighted in National Suicide Prevention Strategy progress report

The work of the Improving Care in Self-Harm Health Integration Team (STITCH HIT) has been recognised in the Department of Health's third National Suicide Prevention Strategy progress report.

The economics of grief

The loss of a child can cause intense grief for parents and for many, life is never the same again. Now, for the first time, researchers have built up a comprehensive picture of the devastating social and economic impact that a child’s death can have.

Healthwatch Bristol: substance misuse services recommissioning

​Healthwatch Bristol focuses on specific topics every quarter. In the first three months of 2017 they are focusing on substance misuse treatment services, which are being recommissioned by Bristol City Council.

Job clubs could help reduce depression in people who lose their job, study finds

Job clubs seem to be effective in reducing depression in people who lose their jobs, particularly those at high risk of depression, an NIHR-funded study has found. But evidence for other types of support for people during times of financial hardship, inc...

Professor Gene Feder awarded an OBE in New Year Honours

Professor Gene Feder has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List for services to healthcare and victims of domestic abuse. He has worked at the University of Bristol since 2008.

Just what the doctor ordered: Study praises new approach to GP visits

A cultural shift in how patients access care through their GPs is one step closer after a university study highlighted the benefits of an emerging approach known as ‘social prescribing’.

Further evidence found for causal links between cannabis and schizophrenia

People who have a greater risk of developing schizophrenia are more likely to try cannabis, according to new research, which also found a causal link between trying the drug and an increased risk of the condition.

Interested in how genomic medicine can be mainstreamed?

The West of England Genomic Medicine Centre (GMC) needs your feedback to ensure that the most effective resources to support the learning needs and styles of the genomic medicine workforce are developed.

Avon Wildlife Trust Wellbeing Through Nature secures future funding

Thanks to the Big Lottery Fund, Avon Wildlife Trust can continue to deliver nature, health and wellbeing projects across Avon for a further four years.

BBC highlights eating disorders in men with the help of the Eating Disorders HIT

Hugh Herzig has taken part in a BBC Points West focus on eating disorders in men. Hugh is a Director of the Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (EDHIT).

Supporting children exposed to domestic violence: call for stronger evidence base

Services for children who are exposed to domestic violence and abuse are vital, but NIHR-funded researchers have found that there is little evidence for what support works best.

How evidence-informed health can tackle the supply and demand gap

In this blog post, first published in the HSJ, Peter Brindle spells out three ingredients which can ensure that evidence – with all its money-saving potential – is incorporated into NHS practice.

£1.3m mental health funding boost for new and expectant mothers

New and expectant mothers in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire will now have access to specialist mental health support, thanks to new funding from NHS England.

Bristol success at HSJ Awards

The team behind University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust’s Happy App won the Award for Staff Engagement at the prestigious HSJ Awards on 23 November. Over the past two years, researchers from the National Institute for Health Research Collabor...

Equity is the Answer exhibition explodes health inequality myths

More than 100 people gathered to view an exhibition that explodes myths around health inequality, called Equity is the Answer. The exhibition of 20 artworks explores Oli Williams's thesis, bringing its messages and themes to life for a non-...

Sustainability and Transformation Plan summary published

The Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) summary for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire is now available for you to give your feedback on.

Listen out for HITs on Bristol Community Radio

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.

Evidence suggests safety in cycling numbers in Bristol

Evidence suggests that the more people who cycle, the safer cycling becomes, according to a report on data for England's major cities, including Bristol.

“It was like walking without knowing where I was going”: autism in the Bristol Somali community findings published

The cultural and societal barriers that Somali families with children with autism experience are explored in a paper published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. The NIHR-funded research team, made up of University of Bristol and...

Bristol case study used in WHO New Urban Agenda report

A case study showcasing Bristol's commitment to health in its neighbourhood planning formed part of the World Health Organisation (WHO) report to inform the UN's New Urban Agenda.

Bristol’s Big Drink Debate to launch during Alcohol Awareness Week

Bristol’s Big Drink Debate, a city-wide survey examining the public’s attitudes to alcohol, is launching at the start of Alcohol Awareness Week, on Monday 14 November.

Suicidal patients need better online support from clinicians and help groups

Improve clinicians’ understanding of the online world, review web-based support services for vulnerable people and safeguard the public against pro-suicide content. Those are some of the recommendations being put to the internet industry, health provider...

Dementia Care Inspiring Leader award for Lesley Hobbs

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.

North Bristol NHS Trust and the University of Bristol win innovation award to improve quality of operative vaginal birth

A team from North Bristol NHS Trust and the University of Bristol has been selected by the Health Foundation, an independent health care charity, to be part of its £1.5 million innovation programme, Innovating for Improvement.

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment draft 2016 data profile published

Bristol City Council have published the draft Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) data profile for 2016. The JSNA reports on the health and wellbeing needs of the people of Bristol.

Testing online treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME)

Over 700 children and young people are to take part in the largest clinical trial ever undertaken in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), which affects up to two per cent of young people, most of whom do not have access to treatment.

Fracture pain study paper from Integrated Pain Management HIT published

Members of the Integrated Pain Management Health Integration Team (IPM HIT) have published a paper looking at 'sensorimotor dysfunction' after limb fracture. Sensorimotor dysfunction is when people feel sensations or movements in a limb that aren't actua...

SPHERE project wins MRC dementia award

Bristol is one of six universities to receive a Momentum award from the Medical Research Council (MRC) to develop the UK’s research base in dementia science.

Researchers find people who inject drugs would be willing to switch to safer equipment

People who inject drugs support the use of new, safer ‘low dead space’ syringes, NIHR-funded researchers from the University of Bristol have found.

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

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.

New health advice website launched in Bristol

The council has launched a new website, LiveWell Bristol, making it easier for people to access health advice and local services.

Join the debate and help shape modern urban living

People living in Bristol will have the opportunity to debate the challenges of modern urban living and help improve the city’s health, well-being and prosperity at a free event tomorrow. The launch of the Bristol Urban ID (Integrated Diagnostics) Projec...

GPs need better training to help children affected by domestic violence

Although doctors and nurses are becoming more aware of patients experiencing domestic violence, the needs of children are often ignored, according to new research published today that reveals a lack of training about how to identify and support children...

A Picture of Health aims to bring University of Bristol health research to life

The University of Bristol has launched a project called 'A Picture of Health', to encourage communication between researchers, foster new collaborations and showcase their research to the public.

Try out a new healthy activity for FREE during Healthy City Week

Ever fancied trying out yoga or a fitness class – for free? Now’s your chance with Healthy City Week! During the week, which takes place 15-22 October, independent therapists and instructors, gyms, community organisations, Bristol City Council and many o...

Health professionals sought for study by world’s largest cleft research programme

Health professionals with experience of working with families affected by cleft lip and palate are being sought as part of a study for a world-leading research programme. Diagnostic sonographers, midwives, health visitors and GPs with any relevant experi...

Working Together: a toolkit for health professionals on how to involve the public

The West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), with People in Health West of England, have developed an easy-to-use toolkit for health professionals on how to involve the public. It has been written with the busy, front line clinician in m...

Join Mayor Marvin Rees in the big debate on local health and wellbeing

Join Mayor Marvin Rees on Saturday 15 October to celebrate health and wellbeing in our city, at the community launch day of Bristol’s Healthy City Week 2016.

Mayor supports build-in health or build more hospitals event

Healthy neighbourhoods are the bedrock of a healthy city. But can the market deliver the kind of places that we know support healthy lifestyles? Can we splice together health and development economics to reduce the financial and social burden arising fro...

Make friends with the 100 trillion organisms that call our bodies home with ‘Bristol Loves Bugs’

Our bodies contain 100 trillion organisms that are essential to our health and life. So come and make friends with these unseen but vital lifeforms at ‘Bristol Loves Bugs’ on Saturday 22 October, from 2.30-5pm at City Hall.

Bristol Public Health backs Healthy City Week

Bristol City Council’s public health team is encouraging residents to get involved with the wide range of activities on offer during Healthy City Week, which is organised by the Bristol Green Capital Partnership with support from Bristol Health Partners.

Discussing autism in the Somali community in Bristol

There is no word for ‘autism’ in the Somali language, but research suggests that children whose parents have migrated from Somalia to western countries, including the UK, may be at greater risk of developing autism than children from other groups.

How can Bristol tackle health and sustainability in the real world?

As world leaders grapple with the realities of implementing the historic Paris climate change deal, Bristol is taking a typically local approach to the major challenge of how a future city can tackle health and sustainability in the real world.

New guidance improves support for parents with learning disabilities

Updated advice on how to work with parents who have learning difficulties has been issued by the Working Together with Parents Network (WPTN), led by the University of Bristol.

‘Heart Starters’ campaign trains next generation of lifesavers

A campaign to train the next generation of potential lifesavers across the West called ‘Great Western Heart Starters’ is being launched at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) on Tuesday 18 October 2016.

Animations help students with emotional resilience

Wellbeing practitioners at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) have created a series of animated videos for students to help them manage some of the typical difficulties, like anxiety and exam worries, they seek help for.

UWE scientist wins prize from RP Fighting Blindness charity

Dr Gabrielle Wheway, a scientist from the Centre for Research in Biosciences at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), has been awarded The John Marshall Award for RP Scientist of the Year 2016 at the annual conference of the charity RP Fig...

Mobile chat show set to lift the lid on mental health during Cabot Circus stop

The public are being invited to take part in a pop-up talk show, Talkaoke, to mark this year’s World Mental Health Day, which is designed to end the stigma around mental health.

Students target career in new medical profession as UWE launches physician associate course

Fifteen students have become the first to join a course at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) training learners for roles in a new healthcare profession.

Get involved in our Psychosis Health Integration Team as a peer director

Have you or a loved one experienced psychosis? The Psychosis Health Integration Team is looking for a peer director to join their leadership team and help to improve services for people with psychosis in Bristol.

STITCH work on zero suicide presented at international quality and safety forum

The work of the Improving Care in Self-Harm Health Integration Team (STITCH HIT) was presented in a poster at the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare conference in Singapore on 26-28 September.

Art exhibition by people with experience of eating disorders marks launch of new Bristol team

An art exhibition at the Arnolfini featuring art by people with lived experience of eating disorders will mark the launch of a new Bristol based team, the Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (HIT).

How baby’s genes influence birth weight and later life disease

Genetic differences could help to explain why some babies are born bigger or smaller than others, according to new research from the Early Growth Genetics (EGG) Consortium, an international collaboration of researchers including experts from the Universit...

BAME patients may be underrepresented in trials for diabetes treatment, study finds

Failure to directly and appropriately assess language proficiency when recruiting patients to randomised controlled trials (RCTs) for diabetes treatments may be leading to black and ethnic minority (BAME) patients being underrepresented or excluded, new...

Bristol law students to help families of young cancer patients

Working in partnership with CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, University of Bristol Law Clinic students will help parents of children living with cancer negotiate some of the legal obstacles that come with the d...

Research on stress hormone effects on the brain reveals unexpected findings

Stress is a major problem in many people’s lives often resulting in poor health and mental disorders. It is thought that disturbances in the action of stress hormones play a key role in causing mental disorders, like major depression and post-traumatic s...

Eating Disorders HIT hosts first research event

The Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (HIT) hosted its first research event in July. The event brought together around 40 people, including people with lived experience of eating disorders, clinicians, NHS research and development staff, commissio...

Healthcare manufacture brought into our living rooms

A research network called ‘Redistributed Manufacturing in Healthcare Network’ (RiHN) led by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has won Engineering and Physical Services Research Council (EPSRC) funding to investigate how technology advan...

Healthy fat stem cells can protect against obesity-associated type 2 diabetes

Obesity is responsible for the deaths of over three million people a year worldwide due to its associated diseases such as diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. However, a subset of obese individuals seems to be protected from such diseases.

Monitoring prostate cancer offers the same survival chance as surgery or radiotherapy over 10 years, but treatment reduces risk of cancer progression

Active monitoring is as effective as surgery and radiotherapy, in terms of survival at 10 years, reports the largest study of its kind, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Eating Disorders Health Integration Team to launch with art exhibition at Arnolfini

An art exhibition at the Arnolfini featuring art by people with lived experience of eating disorders will mark the launch of a new Bristol based team, the Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (HIT).

Bristol Health Partners and Health Integration Teams' contribution to Healthy City Week

This year's Healthy City Week Bristol (15-22 October) will see a strong contribution from Bristol Health Partner organisations and Health Integration Teams (HITs). Not only is Bristol Health Partners the headline supporter for the week, but we are offeri...

Bristol research receives £21 million Biomedical Research Centre award over five years

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol) and the University of Bristol have been awarded more than £21 million over five years by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), to fund cutting-edge research.

Bristol city region success in the HSJ Awards shortlist

Health organisations from the Bristol city region have reached the shortlist of the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards in four categories this year. The 'Innovation in mental health' category can boast no fewer than three entries from the region.

West of England Clinical Research Network's year in numbers

The West of England Clinical Research Network (CRN) has showcased its work over the last year with a 'year in numbers' annual report summary.

Size is everything when it comes to high blood pressure

The size of a grain of rice, the carotid body, located between two major arteries that feed the brain with blood, has been found to control your blood pressure. A team of clinical scientists at the University of Bristol have found a new way to treat hi...

‘Negative’ school sex education needs a revamp

Sex and relationship education (SRE) is in need of an overhaul, according to research by the University of Bristol. The wide-ranging study looked at how young people in 10 countries viewed their school-based SRE. It found schools appear reluctant to ackn...

What do Dr Phil Hammond, apple juice pressing and social prescribing have in common? They’re all part of Healthy City Week Bristol 2016

NHS campaigner, broadcaster and comedian Dr Phil Hammond will be giving an evening talk on 19 October as part of Healthy City Week Bristol. Professor of Genetics and author Tim Spector will be sharing the latest research on the impact of antibiotics and...

Healthwatch Bristol publishes guide for public involvement in mental health services

Healthwatch Bristol has published a guide for patients and the public, to help them find out how they can make their voices heard on local mental health services.

APCRC publishes 2015-2016 annual report

The Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative (APCRC) has published its 2015-16 annual report. APCRC has been responsible for supporting primary care research across the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire area since 2003.

Funding announced for new South West clinical PhD programme

Budding medical, veterinary and dental researchers will soon benefit from increased and enhanced PhD training opportunities, through a new Clinical Academic Training Programme across the GW4 Alliance.

Search is on to find Bristol’s first Healthcare Change Makers

Bristol Community Health, North Bristol NHS Trust and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust have joined forces as part of a new approach to boosting the voice of local people in the way their services are planned and delivered.

Post-mortem assessment guidelines for vascular cognitive impairment

New research, led by academics at the University of Bristol, has outlined the first validated set of pathological criteria for assessing the likelihood that cognitive impairment was caused by vascular disease.

Researchers eyeing first new anti-hypertensive drug treatment strategy in more than 15 years

Researchers at the University of Bristol and Afferent Pharmaceuticals have identified a potential new way of treating high blood pressure, or hypertension, by targeting aberrant nerve signals in the carotid bodies, which sit on the common carotid arterie...

New algorithm could help GPs reduce antibiotic use in children with coughs and RTIs

Researchers have developed a technique that will help GPs identify which children with coughs and respiratory tract infections (RTIs) are most at risk of future hospitalisation.

FDA warning on drug for quitting smoking needs rethink, say researchers

Researchers from the University of Bristol have called for the USA Food and Drug Administration’s ‘black box’ warning for smoking cessation drug varenicline to be lifted.

Support for your Local Digital Roadmap: Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol – Thursday 22 September 2016

Feedback is now emerging on our Sustainability and Transformation Plans and associated Local Digital Roadmap submissions, and we now need to galvanise our teams into further action to deliver the digital future.

Alzheimer's and dementia cafés in Bristol

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.

West of England AHSN leading the growth of the Q community

The West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) has been chosen as one of three AHSNs across the country to lead the next phase of the Health Foundation’s exciting Q initiative, which will create opportunities for greater collaborative working...

Celebrate wellbeing that ‘doesn’t cost the earth’ with Healthy City Week 15–22 October

Healthy City Week is an eight-day programme of activities that will aim to inspire citizens of Bristol to achieve healthier lifestyles as part of a more sustainable future city, kicking off on 15 October.

Model for reasoning in clinical decision making  - can you help?

Clinical decision making is complex. Tudor Beatu is a Philosopher of Science interested in developing a methodology for evaluating the validity of complex extrapolations in a clinical environment.

Unravelling the biology of parkinsonism

Scientists have taken another step towards understanding the causes of parkinsonism by identifying what’s happening at a cellular level to potentially help develop future treatments.

PROactive collaboration aims to tackle chronic pain

PROactive is a new collaborative partnership between the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust (RUH). It brings together academics and clinicians from a range of different research groups...

Psychosis

The Psychosis Health Integration Team The Psychosis Health Integration Team (HIT) is a team of people who experience psychosis, their families and carers, academics, mental health professionals, commissioners, service providers and other experts. They...

Eating Disorders Health Integration Team publishes first newsletter

The Eating Disorders Health Integration Team (EDHIT) has published its first newsletter, aimed at people who have lived experience of eating disorders, their families and friends, researchers and clinicians, and anyone else who has an interest in eating...

Doing better things – how Bristol intends to turn the tide on health inequality

Bristol’s Director of Public Health, Becky Pollard, has released her annual report on the state of the city’s health. Set against a backdrop of health inequalities, where a person’s life expectancy can vary by over 10 years depending on where they live...

People in Health West of England launch learning and development needs survey for public involvement

People in Health West of England (PHWE) want to hear from patients and the public who are already involved in health research, or are interested in getting involved, to find out what learning and development needs they have. The PHWE team have developed a...

Do you have community health insights you could share on Better Cared?

Healthwatch Bristol and the Care Forum have developed a new consultation website, Better Care Directory or Better Cared for short, which is now open for you to upload your consultation information.

PolicyBristol explores conflicts of interest in healthcare and NHS procurement

PolicyBristol, which brings together diverse policy-relevant work from across the University of Bristol, has produced a briefing called Conflicts of interest in healthcare: NHS procurement rules must be clarified. This research takes stock of recent deve...

InPsyte HIT video on patient experiences of cognitive behavioural therapy

The Psychological Therapies in Primary Care Health Integration Team (InPsyTe HIT) have produced a video which explores patient experiences of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

Leonard Cheshire Disability festival celebrating Olympic and Paralympic Games kicks off in Bristol

Bristol will be the location for the first of ten carnivals hosted by Leonard Cheshire Disability, celebrating Brazilian culture and accessible sport, to mark the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Dementia Health Integration Team survey of public attitudes paper published

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.

‘Making a Difference’ guides published for care home managers and staff

Alive!, in partnership with Bristol City Council, is pleased to announce the publication of ‘Making a Difference’, a new resource to improve the lives of older people living in care homes.

Bristol’s Manifesto for Older People is launched

Bristol Older People’s Forum have launched Bristol’s Manifesto for Older People, which outlines how Bristol must recognise diversity and address inequality to become a great place to grow old for everyone.

Bristol GP wins major Royal College of General Practitioners research award

A Bristol GP and lecturer has been awarded the 2017 John Fry Award by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and Society of Academic Primary Care (SAPC).

Challenging the HITs to collaborate in new ways with Bristol Health Partnerology

At the annual Health Integration Team (HIT) conference this year, HITs were challenged to find new ways to collaborate in the specially created Bristol Health Partner-opoly walking game.

UHBristol achieves Workplace Wellbeing Charter accreditation

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust​ (UHBristol) has achieved Workplace Wellbeing Charter accreditation. The Workplace Wellbeing Charter is a nationally recognised award open to public, private and voluntary sector organisations of any size...

The fox got you - the relationship between plants and medicine

A contemporary photographic and science exhibition that explores the relationship between plants and medicine by celebrating six common plants, which are the origin of five major medicinal drugs, opens at the University of Bristol Botanic Garden on Frida...

Psychosis on Screen challenges mental health preconceptions

The Psychosis HIT launch, which included Psychosis on Screen, a series of three contemporary films depicting various experiences of psychosis at Watershed, brought together more than 300 people to challenge viewers’ preconceptions.

Bringing the Health Integration Teams together: the 2016 HIT conference

Bristol Health Partners Health Integration Teams had their annual opportunity to share progress and network with each other, at the third annual Health Integration Team (HIT) conference on 17 June. The conference was attended by more than 140 people.

Health Integration Teams projects being taken forward by CLAHRC West

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.

Research will help GPs diagnose urinary tract infections in children and improve antibiotic use

After a three-year study involving more than 7,000 children, researchers have developed a technique to help GPs and nurses to decide from which children a urine sample should be collected if they suspect a urinary tract infection is present.

Can YOU predict activity from sensor data?

A challenge has been launched for people to predict posture and movement within a smart home from video, accelerometer and environmental sensor data. The competition is part of the University of Bristol’s SPHERE project.

Personality disorders have long-term effects on mental health and social relationships

People with personality disorder (PD) have enduring relationship difficulties. The condition affects about one in 20 people in the UK and up to 40 per cent of adult mental health service users.

Health Integration Team model evaluation paper published

The results of NIHR CLAHRC West's preliminary evaluation of the ‘Health Integration Team’ model have been published in BMC Health Services Research.

Funding boost to help parents with disabilities

A project led by the University of Bristol, which helps professionals better support parents with learning disabilities, will continue and expand thanks to funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.