Our Health Integration Teams

Health Integration Teams (HITs) are cross-organisational, inter-disciplinary groups of health professionals, academics, patients and the public that look at particular health issues or conditions. These pioneering teams are started by passionate experts in their field, and accredited by our Executive.

Here our HIT Directors give an update on what they’ve achieved this year. Read a round-up of the research funding success of our HITs in 2020-21.


Directors Dr Helen Malson and Dr Sanni Norweg reflect on the work achieved by the...

Directors of the Active People Promoting Healthy Life Expectancy (APPHLE) HIT Karen Lloyd and Professor Charlie Foster provide an update on the HIT’s work in 2020/21. Last year APPHLE HIT partnered with Active Ageing Bristol/Age UK Bristol and Bristol...

Outgoing Directors Dr Hilary Archer and Dr Maria-Paloma Sequeiros, and coordinator Dr Julie Clayton, provide an update on the 2020-21 activities of the Dementia Health Integration Team (HIT). Dementia HIT members rose to the challenge of COVID19 during 2...

Dr Phil Clatworthy, Sara Blackmore, Dr Phil Simons, Chris Priestman and Stephen Hill reflect on the 2019-20 achievements of the Stroke Health Integration Team (Stroke HIT). Over the past year continued effort from Stroke HIT directors, public contribut...

Psychosis HIT Directors Dr Sarah Sullivan, Dr Simon Downer, Dr Martin Jones and James Robinson look back on the team’s activities from the past year. Although the Psychosis HIT has been officially ‘on pause’ over the last year, important work relat...

Directors Dr Helen Malson and Dr Sanni Norweg reflect on the work achieved by Eating Disorders HIT over the past year.This year has been a challenging time due to Covid-19, but we have adapted to new ways of working together and engaging with our collabor...

Dr Suzanne Audrey, Dr Adrian Davis and Sally Hogg reflect on the achievements of the Supporting Healthy and Inclusive Neighbourhood Environments HIT in 2020-21.SHINE co-lead, Suzanne Audrey, secured funding from the National institute for Health Research...

Co-directors Rick Cooper and Professor David Kessler, and co-ordinator Cheng Lui, share an update from the Psychological Therapies in Primary Care (InPsyTe) HIT in 2020-21. Recommissioning and redesign of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (...

Professor Adam Finn, Dr Marion Roderick and Dr Julie Yates, Directors of the Bristol Immunisation Group (BIG) HIT, share an update on the team’s achievements in the last year. Over the past year BIG HIT members have been extensively involved in the wor...

Dominic Taylor, Director of the Kidney Disease HIT, shares an update on the team’s achievements in the past year. One in 10 people in the UK have significantly reduced kidney function (Chronic Kidney Disease or CKD). These people have an increased ris...

Our Drug and Alcohol HIT co-directors Leonie Roberts, Kyla Thomas, Tim Williams and Jo Kesten look back at 2020-21Drug and alcohol services adapted and evolved in response to COVID-19. Bristol Drugs Project’s (BDP) impact report summarises how they supp...

Drs Lucy Biddle, Becky Mars and Sandra Walker, Improving Care in Self-Harm (STITCH) HIT co-directors, reflect on 2020-21. The COVID-19 pandemic meant some planned STITCH HIT projects were delayed, but new opportunities also arose. The team is analysing...

Co-directors Dr Jonathan Evans and Ruth Jackson reflect on IMPROVE HIT's achievements in 2020-21Over the past year during the COVID-19 pandemic, the IMPROVE HIT has played a key role in bringing together a wide range of stakeholders in the perinatal menta...

Dr Katy Turner, Dr Paddy Horner, Dr Jo Copping and Dr Emma Harding-Esch, Directors of Sexual Health Improvement (SHIP) HIT, reflect on the team’s achievements from last year. The past year has not been without its challenges, but it has also presented...

Professor Candy McCabe, Dr Alison Llewellyn and Charlotte Spence reflect on the achievements of the Chronic Pain HIT over the last year. Even though the pandemic made it difficult to proceed with some of our plans and it required us to be more flexible,...

Leadership team Dr Nikki Cotterill, Professor Marcus Drake, Kathryn McCarthy and Professor Paul Abrams look back on what BABCON HIT achieved in 2020-21. Due to the pandemic, all services migrated to digital provision in Spring 2020 and a significant le...

Co-directors Emma Dures and Sanchit Mehendale recap Bristol Bones and Joints HIT highlights from 2020 -21. This year, we have created new self-management support resources that patients can access via the rheumatology pages of the North Bristol NHS Tru...

Directors Dr Alan Whone and Lucy Mooney of the Parkinson’s and Other Movement Disorders Health Integration Team (MOVE HIT) look back at the team’s achievements in 2020-21. The MOVE HIT works to improve quality of life for people with Parkinson's and...

Directors Ann James, Professor John Macleod and Dr Jo Williams look back on what the HIT achieved in 2020-21. The Adverse Childhood Experiences HIT is now known as the Adversity and Trauma HIT. This new name better reflects the approach of the group, and...

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