More on the Stroke Health Integration Team (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 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.

Did you know…?

  • 1,300 people have a stroke in BNSSG every year
  • Half of these will have a lasting disability
  • 1 in 10 will need residential care who didn’t before their stroke
  • Southmead Hospital is one of the biggest providers of thrombectomy (blood clot removal for stroke) in the country, but can’t yet deliver this treatment 24-7
  • More than 20 organisations are involved in stroke care in BNSSG
  • People in the least deprived areas of Bristol live in good health for more than 16 years longer than those in the most deprived areas

We need you!

To do the best for patients, carers and the public we need people to tell us what they think and to work with us to make things better.

We are developing:

  • A citizen's forum which we will consult about stroke services and what we should be focusing on
  • A research forum which we will involve in work related to research
  • A list of people who are interested in sitting on committees, reviewing documents and providing expertise to support our work

If you think you want to be involved, even in a small way, please get in touch by emailing us at or check the contact us page for other ways to get in touch. Please spread the word to other people who might be interested.

Who’s involved

Stroke HIT's Directors include people from different health care backgrounds and two peer Directors:

  • Dr Phil Clatworthy, Consultant Stroke Neurologist, North Bristol NHS Trust
  • Sara Blackmore , Director for Public Health, South Gloucestershire Council
  • Chris Priestman , peer Director and lead for public involvement in health services
  • Stephen Hill, peer Director and and lead for public involvement in research
  • Dr Phil Simons, BNSSG Clinical Lead for Stroke

Key workstreams are led by:

  • Jayne Weare, Head of Therapy Services, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust - Lead for education, training and skills
  • Dr Mary Cramp, Associate Head, Allied Health Professions, University of the West of England - Lead for evaluation and stroke services research

Find out who else is involved in the team.

Our priorities

We will focus on five key areas, to improve stroke prevention and care in our region:

  • It’s better to prevent a stroke than to treat one
  • Improving immediate (“hyperacute”) stroke treatment
  • Improving recovery, care and support after stroke
  • Supporting improvements through research
  • Supporting improvements through training and education

Find out more about what we'll be working on.

Contact us

Please get in touch by emailing us at

Stroke HIT at the HIT conference

The Stroke HIT presented this poster (PDF) at the 2018 Bristol Health Partners Health Integration Team conference.

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