The Bristol Immunisation Group Health Integration Team (BIG HIT) is a team of public and child health experts, scientists and health practitioners working together to improve the uptake of immunisations across Bristol.
The immunisation programme in the UK is expanding and changing. Bristol faces specific challenges in delivering the programme in an accessible, equitable way to the population who need it. Vaccine preventable diseases such as pertussis cause significant epidemics and our vaccination rates in some localities (particularly East and inner city) leave a door open to the return of measles which continues to threaten our population.
6 October 2021
Elizabeth Blackwell Annual Public Lecture 2021 with Professor Sarah GilbertSave the date for this year’s Elizabeth Blackwell Public Lecture with Professor Sarah Gilbert. The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute is delighted to welcome Professor Gilbert ‘vir...
20 July 2021
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...
13 July 2021
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...
25 May 2021
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...
7 May 2021
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...
28 January 2021
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...
26 October 2020
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...
20 October 2020
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...
8 October 2020
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...
22 September 2020
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...
1 June 2020
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...
2 April 2020
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...
5 June 2019
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....
5 June 2019
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.
24 September 2018
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.
8 May 2018
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.
16 May 2017
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.
27 March 2017
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.
1 July 2016
The results of NIHR CLAHRC West's preliminary evaluation of the ‘Health Integration Team’ model have been published in BMC Health Services Research.
27 June 2016
Our 2015-16 annual review was launched at our annual Health Integration Team (HIT) conference on 17 June. The Bristol Health Partners annual review showcases the work of the partnership and includes updates from most of our 20 HITs and a round-up of the...
12 May 2016
Lottie, Rachael and Milly are part of the Bristol Young Persons Advisory Group (YPAG). Here they talk about what happens when the group meets.
7 May 2016
Professor Adam Finn, Dr Julie Yates and Dr Marion Roderick, Directors of the Bristol Immunisation Group Health Integration Team (HIT) give an update on the HIT's progress in 2015-16.
12 May 2015
Professor Adam Finn, Dr Julie Yates and Dr Marion Roderick, Directors of the Bristol Immunisation Group Health Integration Team (HIT) give an update on the HIT's progress in 2014-15.
1 October 2014
A new Health Integration Team (HIT) focusing on increasing the uptake and effectiveness of Bristol’s immunisation programme has been given the green light by the Bristol Health Partners Executive Group.
11 June 2014
Three new Health Integration Teams have been given the green light by Bristol Health Partners Executive Group. The new teams focus on perinatal mental health, immunisation and vaccines, and psychological therapies.