How we connect to healthcare research in the West of England

We provide service users, carers and staff with opportunities to participate in national and international research. Our role in delivering healthcare research within the NHS represents one part of a larger research cycle, which includes many organisations with different functions. We maintain meaningful working partnerships with many other organisations involved in healthcare research within the West of England. 

Our Partners

National Institute for Heath and Care Research (NIHR)

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The NIHR Clinical Research Network West of England supports patients, the public and health and care organisations across the region to participate in high-quality research, including at AWP. 

The NIHR also runs Be Part of Research, the online service that makes it easy for people to find and take part in health and care research. It helps members of the public understand what research is, what it might mean to take part, as well as showing what research is currently happening across the UK.

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Health Innovation West of England

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Health Innovation West of England is a network of NHS care providers working with partners in universities, industry, NHS commissioners and a wide range of other organisations with a commitment to equality and excellence.

They aim to widen the access to and use of innovative, evidence-based practice to improve health and care quality. The network covers the local areas of Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon, Wiltshire, Bristol, North Somerset, Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire.

People in Health West of England (PHWE)

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PHWE is a partnership of local organisations working together to support researchers in involving the public in health and social care research, as well as supporting the public in their involvement.

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Bristol Health Partners 

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Bristol Health Partners brings together universities, health and care providers, commissioners and councils in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. It aims to improve outcomes and address health inequalities, by integrating, promoting and developing the region’s strengths in health and care services, research and innovation.

In April 2020, Bristol Health Partners was made an Academic Health Science Centre by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), NHS England and NHS Improvement.

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