Bristol Health Partners

Working in partnership to improve health and healthcare in Bristol

Bristol Health Partners is a strategic collaboration between the city's two universities, three NHS trusts, three clinical commissioning groups and local authority.

This collaboration aims to maximise Bristol’s considerable health research strengths, through integrating academia, the health service, public health and commissioning.

The nine members formed Bristol Health Partners voluntarily, and it is funded by contributions from the partners. So it can serve the needs of the local population and member organisations, rather than a more distant funding body with its own agenda.

Commissioning and public health give Bristol Health Partners a broader focus on health and its determinants, compared to other local health partnerships.

A key factor is the University of Bristol’s internationally recognised strengths in public health, health services research and population health.

This makes Bristol Health Partners unique, allowing us to addresses lifelong health and how to prevent illness in the first place.

The unique Health Integration Team (HIT) model

Bristol Health Partners Health Integration Teams 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 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.

In our partnership we have achieved something I believe to be unique, bringing together not just biomedical researchers and hospitals, as many other health partnership do, but public health, commissioning, population health and services research.

The world-leading health research across all these areas at the University of Bristol is one of the great strengths of Bristol Health Partners.

Together we are achieving so much more than we could possibly do as separate organisations.

David Relph, Bristol Health Partners Director
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