Why become a Health Integration Team (HIT)?

Our Health Integration Teams (HITs) tackle health priorities by working in new ways, harnessing the best research, innovation, care and education to make a difference to people's health. HITs draw their membership from some or all of our partner organisations and work across disciplines. Our HITs must evaluate, involve patients and the public and have a whole system approach. This pioneering approach to research, health service and public health integration can help solve seemingly intractable problems.

Here are five reasons to become a Health Integration Team:

  1. Deliver the very best evidence-based care for our patients and population, leading to outcomes that meet or exceed national and international standards and targets. Becoming a HIT will enable you and your colleagues to have a direct, positive impact on the standard of public health and health care in Bristol and beyond.
  2. Increase grant income: research funders increasingly emphasise the importance of collaboration and impact. HITs harness local strengths and address clear priorities. Their cross-organisational, multi-disciplinary nature, plus their potential for rapid and substantial impact will appeal to funding bodies.
  3. Influence future investment in research infrastructure and staff. A successful HIT with a coherent, integrated, cross-institutional strategy and clearly defined milestones and health outcomes will be in a good position to identify staffing gaps, and therefore make successful business cases for new appointments. Similarly, business cases for maintenance, enhancement or new development of resources or facilities will be improved.
  4. Accelerate the adoption of research findings, new methodologies and technologies. HITs will be the vehicle through which our research and the global research evidence base will inform and transform public health, health service delivery, health outcomes, training and education in Bristol and beyond.
  5. Work with others to break down barriers. By taking a health system, holistic approach and working with a dedicated cross-institutional team a HIT will identify barriers and be in a position to remove them.
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