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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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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.

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

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...

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...

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.

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