The Avoiding Hospital Admissions Health Integration Team (ITHAcA HIT) has had some incredible successes in their research since it started in 2012, and officially closed as a HIT in 2020. The hard work of the team will continue to have an impact on urgent care in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire
The HIT leadership team said:
"We have much to be proud of in terms of what we have achieved as a HIT. The informal collaboration between the Universities of Bristol and the West of England has grown to become a formal collaboration to grow research in urgent and emergency care.
"Unfortunately, we have found it increasingly hard to continue to meet as a HIT over the past year and with the current COVID-19 crisis, many of our team, as urgent care clinicians, have made the decision to step forward to the front line.
"For these reasons we have collectively agreed that it is time to bring the formal organisation of the ITHAcA HIT to a close, but we will continue to work with each other on research and to collaborate with colleagues in the NHS, social care and other sectors on this really important area of work.
"We would like to thank all the people who have supported our work since we formed in 2012."