Bristol Health Partners

Professor Dame Sally C Davies, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Health, visited Bristol on 26 November to launch the National Institute of Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West (NIHR CLAHRC West) and give the inaugural Elizabeth Blackwell Institute public lecture.


Bristol Health Partners Director David Relph reflects on his first nine months in the role, and looks ahead to what 2015 and beyond holds, outlining his ambitions for the partnership.


The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 has ranked the University of Bristol among the UK's top research universities. Their research is shown to have top quality and major impact on society and the economy, according to this assessment of research at every UK university.


The volume of world-leading research at UWE Bristol (the University of the West of England, Bristol) has gone up by 170 per cent, according to the results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.


Building on the innovation discussion held in September, an innovative Make It weekend, held on 14-16 November, brought together health and care service providers, service users, designers, artists and developers to work on projects to improve health and care in Bristol. The weekend focused on developing best fit solutions to real local need.


A study investigating the extent to which suspected cancer patients feel involved and informed during the referral process was conducted by researchers from the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge, Durham and Exeter.

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Bristol Health Partners is a collaboration between the city's three NHS trusts, three clinical commissioning groups, two universities and its local authority. We aim to maximise Bristol's health research, and to transform the understanding, prevention and treatment of key health problems in Bristol.  

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Our Health Integration Teams (HITs) are cross-organisational and interdisciplinary groups. They are tackling major health priorities by working together in a new integrated way.

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