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Partnership working

We work with a wide range of partners, these include (however please note this is not an exhaustive list):

Clinical Commissioning Groups

Public Health




APCRC staff deliver their service across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire to each of the Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Part of delivering the service involves ensuring that the ‘primary care’ perspective is represented on a range of initiatives that are emerging across the region. Working with a range of partners is key to our future success and development.

The relationship between these partner organisations, the CCGs, the universities, the NIHR Clinical Research Network: West of England, and APCRC is shown on this diagram.

Below are the key partnership initiatives we are involved with.

Bristol Health Partners

Bristol Health Partners is a dynamic collaboration between four NHS Trusts serving the Bristol area, the city's two universities and its local authority. The mission of the organisation is to generate significant health gain and improvements in service delivery in Bristol by integrating, promoting and developing Bristol's strengths in health services, research, innovation and education.

A key component of the Bristol Health Partners strategy is the development of Health Integration Teams (HITs). Health Integration Teams are "cross organisational and interdisciplinary groups set up to harness research, innovation, education, healthcare and prevention" to improve health outcomes.

The aims of the HITS are to:

This final point is critical, and our APCRC Evaluation team will be working to embed, support, advise on and encourage evaluation across the HITs

Four of the HITs are ‘hosted’ by Bristol CCG:

NHS Bristol is supporting the initial work of these four HITS with an Investment from our Research Capability Funding, as part of the outputs of each HIT will be the development of High Quality NIHR Grant applications

More information about Bristol Health Partners, the vision, strategy and partners, can be found here:


and more information about the HITS in particular, can be found here


Academic Health Sciences Network (AHSN)

The West of England AHSN is a network of partners committed to excellence and accelerating the spread of innovative, evidence-based care to improve the health and care quality across the west.

AHSNs were established in response to the government’s Innovation, Health and Wealth report to bring together our local NHS, universities and industry to:

"Improve the implementation of proven good practice and innovation; become better at generating research, enrolling patients and putting research into practice; and to work more effectively with industry to benefit patients and the economy".

West of England AHSN have recently been authorised and awarded funding for five years.

For more information please visit their website:


CLAHRCwest – Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care

The NIHR CLAHRCwest, hosted by University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UHB), will commence on January 1st 2014. It is directed by Professor Jenny Donovan and has funding up to 31st December 2018. Its aims are to conduct high quality applied health research and implement this and other evidence across the West Country (Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire) in collaboration with the West of England Academic Health Sciences Network (WEAHSN). The initial programmes of research are in the broad areas of public health interventions, management of chronic diseases, and delivering equitable, appropriate and sustainable health and healthcare. Research will be undertaken by researchers in five methodology teams: evidence, medical statistics, health economics, epidemiology, and ethnography/social science.