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 improving the lives of people affected by stroke through working together beyond the limits of individual organisations, in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG).

Local stroke prevention, treatment and care services need to be improved and to be more accountable to local patients, carers and the public. 1300 people have strokes in BNSSG each year. They are cared for by more than 20 different services and organisations.


Latest news and events

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

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

16 November 2020

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 ...

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

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

29 October 2020

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...

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

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

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...

2020 HIT annual conference presentations and interviews now available

2020 HIT annual conference presentations and interviews now available

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...

2019-20 highlights from the Stroke HIT

2019-20 highlights from the Stroke HIT

11 June 2020

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...

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

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

5 May 2020

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...

Stroke HIT widens access to public consultation for stroke care

Stroke HIT widens access to public consultation for stroke care

6 November 2019

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

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

HITs secure £2.9 million in research funding 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.

HITs carers event offers information and support

HITs carers event offers information and support

13 May 2019

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

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

13 May 2019

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.

Stroke HIT's achievements in 2018-19

Stroke HIT's achievements in 2018-19

26 April 2019

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.​...

South Glos Director of Public Health Sara Blackmore joins Stroke HIT

South Glos Director of Public Health Sara Blackmore joins Stroke HIT

2 April 2019

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

Stroke HIT launches with films, marketplace and presentations

Stroke HIT launches with films, marketplace and presentations

7 December 2018

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...

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

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

29 October 2018

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

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

29 October 2018

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.

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

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

12 October 2018

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.

Stroke HIT appoints two new public contributor Directors

Stroke HIT appoints two new public contributor Directors

25 June 2018

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.

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

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

1 May 2018

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.

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

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

17 April 2018

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

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

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

21 March 2018

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

Seminar on supporting service design and delivery showcases HIT achievements

Seminar on supporting service design and delivery  showcases HIT achievements

7 February 2018

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.

Stroke Health Integration Team stars on Dr Phil Hammond's BBC Radio Bristol show

Stroke Health Integration Team stars on Dr Phil Hammond's BBC Radio Bristol show

3 January 2018

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.

Stroke Health Integration Team gets go-ahead

Stroke Health Integration Team gets go-ahead

17 October 2017

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.

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