Academic Health Science Centre

Many other health partnerships are focussed on clinical research, but the model we have in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire is different. We cover not only clinical and biomedical research, but also public and population health, and primary care. We do not focus solely on illness: we also address lifelong health and how to prevent illness in the first place.

In recognition of our academic excellence and expertise in these areas, Bristol Health Partners was made an Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) on 1 April 2020 by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), NHS England and NHS Improvement. AHSCs are:

"regional partnerships bringing together expertise from universities and NHS organisations. Working with local partners including local authorities and industry, they improve health and care services by translating early scientific research and discoveries into benefits for individual patients and local and national populations."
NHS England

Working with our Integrated Care System

We are the first AHSC in England to develop a fully integrated relationship with its Integrated Care System. We provide the Research and Innovation Steering Group for Healthier Together, which is our local Integrated Care System.

We work with Healthier Together to prevent illness and disease, join up services more effectively, and better integrate research with innovation to ensure that people living in our area benefit from the best available evidence.

AHSC designation and funding 

Being associated with an AHSC can be helpful when applying for funding to support health and care projects and activities. If you want to include information about Bristol Health Partners AHSC in funding applications, we have developed some suggested text. 

  • For academics 
  • For applicants from NHS, local authorities and voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors 

Find out more

For any questions or further information about our Academic Health Science Centre status, please contact us.