Our partners and networks



The Clinical Research Network, West of England, provides the infrastructure that allows high-quality clinical research to take place in the NHS, so that patients can benefit from new and better treatments.


West of England Academic Health Science Network is a network of partners (providers of NHS care working with universities, industry, NHS commissioners and a wide range of other organisations) committed to equality and excellence, which will accelerate the spread of innovative, evidence based practice to improve health and care quality. The Network covers Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, Gloucestershire, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire.


People and Research West of England is a collaborative initiative to support researchers to involve the public in health and social care research, and to support the public in getting involved. We are a partnership of local organisations.

There are many more examples of good practice nationally, details of which can be found on the INVOLVE website.


is a dynamic collaboration between four NHS Trusts, the city's two universities and its local authority.The purpose is to transform the understanding, prevention and treatment of key health problems in Bristol.

Current Health Integration Teams (HITS) with AWP leadership/collaboration:

  • Integration to avoid hospital admission (ITHACA)
  • Dementia
  • Supporting Healthier and Inclusive Neighbourhood Environments (SHINE)
  • Improving Care Pathways for Self Harm (STITCH)
  • Addictions
  • Active people
  • Parkinsons (move-hit)


  • University of Bristol - One of the UK's leading higher education institutions
  • University of West of England - The University of the West of England (UWE) has research interests in mental health, with strong clinical and service links with mental health practitioners in the South West, particularly within the Trust. The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences includes the School of Health and Social Care with which the Trust undertakes collaborative research.
  • University of Bath - AWP has collaborative links with the University of Bath researching areas in addictions, primary care, mental health service evaluations, including randomised trials in depression.

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