Bristol Health Partners held its second annual Health Integration Team (HIT) conference on 12 June, which was attended by more than 130 academics, clinicians, commissioners, patients and others from organisations across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.
The 2014-15 Bristol Health Partners annual review was launched at the conference and 16 active HITs provided presentations on their work so far, key achievements and the challenges they've faced.
The day opened with an introduction from Andrea Young, Chief Executive of North Bristol Trust and Chair of the Bristol Health Partners Board, which was followed by David Relph, Bristol Health Partners Director, who launched the new strategy for the partnership.
The packed agenda also included an introduction to NICE from a member of their South West field team, workshops on commissioning, patient and public involvement (PPI), communications and a presentation on the Symphony Project which provides person-centred, co-ordinated care in south Somerset.
The networking opportunity was a particular highlight, and the presentations, workshops, and HIT presentations proved popular. As one person said "The variety of sessions (was) very dynamic and kept things interesting."
Feedback from those who attended the conference has been positive - and thank you to those who completed an evaluation form. Feedback has highlighted lessons for future conferences on what worked well and what could be improved. A full report will be available soon.
All presentations from the day are available on the the Bristol Health Partners website. Videos from some of the sessions will also be published in the next few weeks.