Bristol Health Partners holds an annual conference for its Health Integration Teams (HITs), usually in June.
The event features workshops and surgeries on topics such as patient and public involvement, evaluation and commissioning. There are presentations from key players, selected based on feedback from our Health Integration Teams.
Health Integration Teams also present their work to other HIT teams, the Bristol Health Partners Board and Executive Group, and commissioners.
2020 HIT conference
The 2020 conference was held at the end of September due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the event was run completely online and over the course of four days.
The programme started with our Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) launch, with a keynote talk by Professor Sir Robert Lechler, former Executive Director of King's Health Partners AHSC and presentations by our Chair, Andrea Young and our AHSC Director, Professor David Wynick.
We also had a panel discussion chaired by Dr Julian Walker, Director of Research & Development at AWP NHS Trust, looking at the impact of COVID-19 and the panellists included:
Members of the Health Integration Teams (HITs) were invited to attend two sessions looking at health inequalities and how to tackle them. They had a chance to discuss, brainstorm and share best practice. Case studies were also shared by:
Throughout the conference, we also had personal reflections and valueable contributions from our Patient and Public (PPI) Contributors.
The conference ended with the 'In Conversation With' session which featured a series of interviews with three inspirational and extraordinary individuals. The interviews were conducted by Dr Julian Walker and featured: